First Responder course


Oct 31, 2005
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In another post someone inquired about 1st responder courses. I figured I would just start another thread so here it is.

First responsder courses are different than survival courses. You may be in a survival situation and have the skills to survive but may not have the skills to be the first responder who shows up for the rescue of an injured person. A survival course may not teach you how to recognize and treat shock or make and apply a traction splint to your buddy who just rolled his ATV while you are 25 miles back in. Here is some info on a first responder course.

The (OEC) Outdoor Emergency Care course is offered usually in the summer or fall by most ski patrols. It is NOT only for winter emergency care. Even if you are not a member of the National Ski Patrol you can usually take the course for an extra fee. It is an excellent course. It trains you to the same level of standard of care as an EMT 1 but it is geared for the outdoor environment. A regular EMT course is geared for the urban environment with the assumption that you have an ambulance and all the toys with you. This course is widely recognized and respected in the world of outdoor emergency care and rescue. Sometimes it is offered in Anchorage at UAA as a regular course.

Here's an overview of the book chapters.
Chapter Number Chapter Title
4 Human Anatomy and Physiology
5 Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History
6 Airway
8 Bleeding
9 Shock
10 Respiratory Emergencies
11 Cardiovascular Emergencies
12 Neurologic Emergencies
13 Common Medical Emergencies
15 Environmental Emergencies
16 Behavioral Emergencies
17 Obstetrics and Gynecological Emergencies
19 Soft-Tissue Injuries
20 Eye Injuries
21 Face and Throat Injuries
22 Chest Injuries
23 Abdomen and Genitalia Injuries
25 Assessment and Care of Bone and Joint Injuries
26 Head and Spine Injuries
27 Rescue Techniques: Lifts and Loads
30 Pediatric Outdoor Emergency Care

There are other courses offered through NSP through local ski patrols such as Avalanche and Mountain Travel and Rescue.

Again, you DO NOT necessarily need to be a member of the ski patrol to take these courses. You just need to contact the local patrols and inquire about the courses offered.