ICO volunteers up their first aid game

Our mission at ICO is to provide kids with wilderness experiences that are safe, fun and free. We want parents to be confident that their kids' safety is always our top priority. To that end, ICO encourages our volunteers to take first aid training, and pays for most or all of their course costs.

Three of our volunteers - Michael, Deb and Drew - attended the MEDIC Solo School Disaster and Wilderness First Aid course held Mar 16-17 at Thorne Nature Center. Over 16 hours of intensive instruction, this course focuses on dealing with medical emergencies when help is far away, with emphasis was on Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. 

We learned not only what to do, but practiced our skills in several realistic simulations, learning to recognize and deal with heat stroke, hypothermia, broken bones and spinal injuries - all in the context of a wilderness outing. The picture above is of Deb learning to make an effective leg splint from trekking poles, jackets and cloth strips.

Deb and Drew are now certified as WIlderness First Aid providers; Michael is recertified as a Wilderness First Responder, an even higher level of training.

Of course we hope to never put these skills to use. But preparation is a much better plan than hope, and ICO is prepared to make our outings as safe as is possible.