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Grand to Grand Ultra Preparations

We’ve been working hard to prep our new vehicle, “Terra” to work basecamp operations for the Grand to Grand Ultra, a 273 km/170 mile ultra-marathon beginning on the North rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and finishing on the Grand Staircase of Escalante. Racers will be largely self-supported for 7 days in the impeccable scenery of Arizona and […]

What’s the biggest risk firefighters face on duty? by British Heart Foundation

Firefighters in Britain share many common denominators to US firefighters, a passion for assisting those in need, a tremendous amount of specialized training, and… a leading cause of line-of-duty deaths, myocardial infarction or heart attack. Per the U.S. Fire Administration’s 2012 report 39 of the total 81 firefighter deaths in 2012 were the result of […]

Ring Removal Technique: Using an Oxygen Mask Strap

In seventeen years, I’ve had to use a ring-cutter only one time in the prehospital setting, because I had other tasks to attend to on that particular patient, and the swelling had reached the point of causing neuromuscular compromise of the digit. In the field we often have fast access to the patient before swelling […]

Fayetteville, WV, USA – Gauley River – Swiftwater Rescue Account – 2010/10/10

On October 10, 2010 I awoke in river camp after a restful morning. I didn’t have commercial work for the day and remember saying to my friends, “I don’t feel good about the river today,” and opted to go for a hike. A few others agreed to hike, and we decided to hike into Pillow […]

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