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CMRCA Staff Assists in Spine-stable Evac of Climber on Tonsai

Yesterday CMRCA staff member Ted Conbeer assisted in the rescue of an injured climber at Eagle Wall on Tonsai Beach in Krabi Province, Southern Thailand. Ted was on vacation in Tonsai when a travelling climber that he had met in Chiang Mai asked him for assistance – a climber had fallen onto his back from about five meters while clipping the second bolt.

Kat and Ted earn their Wilderness First Responder

For the last two weeks, Kat and I got to skip out on work in order to attend a special Wilderness First Responder (WFR) class being hosted by the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute. The course was taught by two instructors from the NOLS Wilderness Medical Institute, the premier organization for wilderness medical instruction.

Wilderness medicine is a special set of first aid and medical practices that are necessary when definitive care (a modern hospital or an ambulance with highly trained EMT’s) is more than two hours away. An 80-hour WFR course trains rescuers how to manage a patient and a scene if they are the first to arrive. The course teaches a well-rounded skillset, and is more about critical thinking, problem solving, and improvisation than about the memorization of lists or protocols. In the United States, WFR is the definitive wilderness medical certification.

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