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Wilderness First Aid Workshop Teaches Staff Rescue Skills

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission - Tuesday, March 31, 2020

ANHC staff members recently attended a two-day wilderness first aid training workshop conducted by Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators (OSRE) of Winslow, Arkansas. Staff were instructed in various first aid skills and techniques tailored toward a wilderness setting.

First aid usually consists of giving immediate care to someone who is injured or ill until the person can be treated by a medical professional. Wilderness first aid differs in that it is first aid rendered in a remote location where the possibility of care by a medical professional or transport to a medical facility is significantly delayed. The wilderness first aid workshop included classroom training and outdoor practice and demonstrations. ANHC staff members learned techniques for assessing, treating, and stabilizing various injuries or illnesses.

OSRE has been a regional provider of safety and rescue training since 2006. Tom Burroughs, the course instructor and director of OSRE, has been nationally recognized among the “Best of the Best” swiftwater rescue instructors. Burroughs began working in emergency services in 1990 and is currently the Team Leader of the Washington County Search and Rescue team.


Top – ANHC staff learn how to stabilize broken bones. Photo by Brian Mitchell.

Middle – ANHC staff learn how to stabilize a broken femur. Photo by Leslie Patrick.

Bottom – ANHC Wilderness First Aid workshop participants. Back row, left to right: Habitat Coordinator, Patrick Solomon; Stewardship Coordinator, Brian Mitchell; Botanist, Diana Soteropoulos; Land Management Specialist, Ryan Leeson; and Land Management Specialist, John O'Dell. Front row, left to right: Land Management Specialist, Malinda Godwin; Botanist, Brent Baker; Grants Coordinator, Samantha Scheiman; and Outreach Specialist, Leslie Patrick. 


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