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Emergency Preparedness

Given the technical nature of most classes offered by TCS, we want to do everything we can to avoid an emergency in the first place. We want to be super observant and super anticipatory. But we also want to be super prepared in case there is even a minor emergency.

Every instructor should take Rescue 1. In fact, every instructor should teach Rescue 1 regularly to stay fresh.

For Trad classes, every instructor should take Rescue 2 and Rescue 3.

Not a bad idea to take radios on outings where students separate into smaller groups. Instructors should insure that there are plenty of the 10 Essentials on every outdoor trip (enough to help someone who might be short). We are working to get Garmin InReach devices for Couloir Climbs and High Peak climbs.

Every instructor should take WFA. First Aid kits should be robust. Check with students to see if their kits can handle bad lacerations (including irrigation), fractures, bad sprains, allergic reactions (check with all students to see if anyone is carrying an epipen). We are working to get robust first aid kits that can be checked out of the gear room.

Every instructor should carry a CORSAR card. You can purchase one Here. Check with students to see if anyone also has a CORSAR card.

If there is an emergency, Trip Leader School has put together a good set of guidelines for Incident Management. You can see the pack Here. The Site Manager should have this in their First Aid kit. Not a bad idea for other instructors to have a copy. We cover this in Trip Leader School. In case of an emergency you want to assign an Incident Commander who is in charge of the overall situation and will assign specific tasks to members of the group.

Included in the Incident Mangement packet is a medical report. You can find another version of that report Here. I like to have multiple copies of this form in my First Aid kit so I can record a history of vital signs over a period.

See also the page on CMC Protocols