Search & Rescue
The team carried the stretcher through the forest. The weight of the young man they were carrying pulled heavily on their shoulders. They pressed on.
They had found their patient laying next to a frozen pond. After a quick examination it was obvious that the man had hypothermia. It was severe. They had tried to warm him but failed. Evac was their only option.
Crossing a highway, the team entered into Camp Bighorn’s driveway.
After gently setting the stretcher on the ground they began losing the ties that secured the man to the stretcher. Then the tarps and sleeping bags that had previously insulated the man were removed. A few heated water bottles that had been used to try and warm the patient rolled onto the ground.
The man sat up and stretched. “Well, that was fun,” he stated plainly.
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This is an example of a scenario that we were put through during our search and rescue(SAR) training. We were taught different search methods and had the opportunity to refresh some of the first aid procedures that we learned last semester. Another thing we learned about was leadership. Proper leadership is a very important thing when searching areas of wilderness for lost individuals. It’s an ever present challenge to keep the search from deteriorating into confusion.
Search and Rescue was definitely a highlight of my year as an Explore student.
by Challen Iron