Using Wilderness First Aid on the Greenbelt

Hey, something crazy happened today while I was working on the Green Belt. So, two of my crewmates were looking for rocks in the river bed to use for the rock steps that we were putting in a trail. While they were gone, I heard rocks tumbling and someone yelling for help. I thought it was one of my crewmates, so I dropped everything and bolted across the river bed over to where the call was coming from, along with some climbers nearby who heard it as well. Luckily, it was neither of my crewmates. It was a guy who was free climbing by himself. Apparently, a rock slipped out from under him. He fell about 15 feet, landed on his wrist, and ended up breaking it. One of my crew leaders went to get the first aid kit and I stayed to look after the guy. The other climbers called the paramedics. When my crew leader returned, I treated the guy. He had a big scrape on his wrist, so to prevent any infection, I sterilized, covered, and wrapped it. I also did a full physical assessment to check for any other injuries. Luckily, there were only some scratches. Nothing serious other than the wrist. When the paramedics arrived, I told them what I knew and did, and they took over. They said he will be okay. It was the first time I have ever used my wilderness first aid training. My adrenaline was really going. And I was able to stay calm and focused while keeping the climber calm as well. It was so cool and exhilarating. I am very glad that I was able to help.


Stuart Reckseit – Field Crew Member (Silver Crew)

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