Each summer, The Evergreen State College offers a Wilderness First Responder course taught by instructor Joel Reid. The course is structured as a nine day intensive; and over the course of that time students learn how to administer CPR, clean and dress wounds, treat for allergic reactions and exposure to toxins, and more. They learn to stabilize the injured, and carry them safely, and when to bring in help. Each of the skills taught is reinforced with simulations that give the students hands-on practice.
The session ends with a mass-casualty simulation on the final day of class. This year, the casualty was a kayak accident staged at the Evergreen beach. Six students played kayakers who were tossed like flotsam by a large wave off shore. They washed up land with a variety of “injuries” from spinal damage to diabetes. The remaining students in rushed to their aid to assess and treat their injuries, and to help them from the beach.
This final simulation is the subject of our latest One Minute Evergreen. Please watch, and enjoy.