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Medical care is an inextricable element of technical rescue.

On every single course we teach, students learn how medical concerns intersect with the rescue disipline they are studying.  Whether we're teaching a raft guide about hypothermia during a swiftwater course, or a municpal employee about suspension trauma during a confined space course, medical training is integral to every rescue discipline we deliver.

As the Rescue 3 International training and services provider in Canada, we know that Canadians work in a broad range of environments, many of which are remote and feature unusual challenges. On Monday, May 14, 2018, we launched a new division of our company called Raven Medical to deliver our wilderness first aid and medical courses to Canadians.  We made the decision to become an independent provider of wilderness medical courses in response to the increasing demand for comprehensive, rigorous wilderness medical training that was going unmet across the country.

Here's how your needs - whether you are an emergency responder, an industry or resource worker, or an outdoor adventurer - will be met by Raven Medical training.

 

Raven Medical for the Front Lines - Emergency Response

  

Those dealing with front line responses in crisis situations benefit from a unique blend of training combining medical knowledge and and decision making skills.  Traditional environments lose their predictability when a crisis arises.  Training that may have met an urban search and rescue team's needs may no longer be sufficient when a natural disaster strikes. Likewise, elements of triage and problem solving from wilderness applications can benefit armed forces personnel.

Each Raven Medical course available to emergency responders hinges on creating solutions in low-resource environments.

 

 

Raven Medical for Remote Worksites - Resource and Industry

Remote environments are a daily reality for many Canadian workers.  From individuals climbing communication towers and wind turbines, to teams installing drill pads on mountainsides, Canada's resource and industry workplaces continually put Canadians in remote environments, complicated by variable and extreme weather.

Provincially legislated first aid courses leave knowledge gaps when workers train for these environments.  Field workers travel in small teams, and have a limited amount of weight that they can carry - their resources are incredibly limited. Their challenges increase if they are dependent on ATVs or helicopters for access to medical support - a minor mechanical failure could catapult a low risk medical situation to high risk stakes.

Raven Medical is already working with both the BC and Alberta governments to ensure our WAFA and WFR courses are recognized as equivalent to provincial OH&S certifications. In addition, our Wilderness First Aid For Field Services course was designed in cooperation with Environment Canada to address the specific needs of field personnel and others who work in remote locations, where resources may be less than adequate, and evacuation to a hospital is hours away.

Each and every Raven Medical course for resource and industry personnel addresses what it means to work in remote locations across Canada.

 

 

Raven Medical for Every Adventure - Outdoor Recreation

Whether at work or play, Canadians are heading into the outdoors in increasing numbers each year.  

Outdoor educators introduce students to forests and mountains as part of school curriculum, and guides take clients up rock climbs and down rivers.  This love of wild places also pulls nine-to-fivers out of small communities and major cities alike to explore new places on the weekends, and adventure vacations are taking Canadians into the farthest corners of the globe.

Professional and personal goals alike are met by Raven Medical courses for outdoor adventurers. From eight hours of training, to eight days of training, Raven Medical courses prepare Canadians to venture into both our own backcountry, and backcountry abroad.

 

 

A Word from Raven Medical Curriculum Director

Underlying our content-specific courses outlined above are two essential pillars to Raven Medical training - medical research, and clinical judgement.  Here's a parting word from Raven Medical's Curriculum Director, Len James, on these integral topics:

"Medicine is dynamic.  It is constantly evolving as a result of new data, procedures, and medical understanding.  Raven Medical Training actively incorporates these developments into its curriculum.

"One of the biggest challenges in providing care in the wilderness is deciding what to do with a given event.  Raven’s program explicitly instructs decision making and good judgement. Often in wilderness medical care, the treatment is straightforward. However, what to do next is the conundrum. Raven Medical strives to be relevant by giving student what they most need - the skills to make these hard decisions.  Through explicit instruction on decision making, risk analysis and tolerance, Raven Medical Training fosters clinical judgment.  

"After all, good judgment is the best medical care one can provide."

Raven Medical class - Canmore, May 2018

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Brad Danielson
University of Alberta

Our instructor was excellent. He obviously knew the material inside-and-out, and could run the class as a set of discussions and ongoing hands-on examples, vs. running off a set of powerpoint slides. He's a breathing encyclopedia of Wilderness First Aid, with a lot of first-hand field experience. Raven Rescue and Wilderness Medical Associates has the "wilderness" perspective of First Aid training really dialed in. This did not feel like Standard FA with wilderness considerations thrown in as an add-on - these guys understand and take seriously the type of remote field work that we geo-scientist types do in places like the northern territories.

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