Been a bit busy the last few months on my other Professional front.
I’ve been working my way through American Medical Response’s Reach and Treat Academy (RAT). Along the way I’ve been carrying my camera.
The first session was class room. So, yeah no pictures. The second however, was Low Elevation Mountaineering on Mount Hood.
The next session was High Elevation Overnight at the Triangle Moraine on Mount Hood.
The most recent session was Land Navigation. This was fun, and just as with most things…even if you’ve been doing something for awhile there’s always things to learn.
Just to give a few extra notes, with the intense media coverage on rescues and some notes out there about costs and such.
As I’ve learned through the recent Clackamas County contract issues and being in the RAT Academy along with being a climber since I was 15.
In a rescue there are a few elements as far as Mount Hood is concerned. Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), RAT Crew, Military (for Heli), and sometimes Mount Hood Ski Patrol on occasions.
For far as costs go…
PMR is made up of volunteers from the climbing community itself.
The RAT crew, well AMR pays the County as a private company to provide EMS and RAT services to the Clackamas County Community. Cost are paid via actual transport and billed to patient insurance or the patient.
Military, well I pay my taxes. So, the military should be there when needed. It is solid real world application of training for the crews….they aren’t under fire while completing the mission of a Mount Hood Rescue. They’ll be that much better, when they do have to conduct a rescue in a battle field.
[published from my iPhone excuse any errors]