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Old 07-21-2013, 09:43 PM   #31
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Correct 7 Pt.! At least the basic first aid & CPR/AED! I did the AFA(adv. first aid) & EMT Red Cross courses long ago and have gone for updates every 2-3 yrs. since(required to be a HS or college athletics coach). last refresher class was mid-late 2011 so i'm due next year...

Yeah Doc, and alot of these courses are free or pretty cheap. I took the EMT/B at a local community college at night. And CPR/AED at the fire dept.

With regard to the OP, it's one thing to have a first aid kit...I think it's more important that you know what to do.
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With regard to the OP, it's one thing to have a first aid kit...I think it's more important that you know what to do.
Completely agree... but I'm sure the original question had to do with just having a small B.O.B. or kit to cover the 80% of situations that could become a survival scenario (car brakes down isolated... lost on the trail... etc) ... and while I know there are highly trained individuals here on the forum like medics, firemen, EMT's and vets (and don't get me wrong... I respect & salute you all!!).. There are life threatening situations that can never be fully prepared if there is not professional near by.. no matter what you have in your bag.... and there comes a point where you get the cell phone out, pray you have bars and call in help!!! If you can't... well it might just be your time.
For me.. I'll just keep up my Red Cross certification in 1st aid and CPR updated and keep the bag handy... OH and pray I can get bars when and IF I turn my cell on in the woods...
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OH and pray I can get bars when and IF I turn my cell on in the woods...
Get an EPIRB, especially if you spend a lot of time alone out there. They now have them for land based use.
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Get an EPIRB, especially if you spend a lot of time alone out there. They now have them for land based use.
..Alone ??? I'm never alone in the woods. Either my wife & son are in tow.. my trekking/hunting/reenacting buddies... I would have to just take off without a word to anyone if I wanted to be alone. I'm lucky my family doesn't call in a missing person's report when I go to the bathroom!!
...But I digress... The EPIRB is a excellent idea for very isolated situations of single or small parties (those lucky $h*ts!!)...You can pick up a SPOT GPS messenger type for about $80 off Amazon.
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Completely agree... but I'm sure the original question had to do with just having a small B.O.B. or kit to cover the 80% of situations that could become a survival scenario (car brakes down isolated... lost on the trail... etc) ... and while I know there are highly trained individuals here on the forum like medics, firemen, EMT's and vets (and don't get me wrong... I respect & salute you all!!).. There are life threatening situations that can never be fully prepared if there is not professional near by.. no matter what you have in your bag.... and there comes a point where you get the cell phone out, pray you have bars and call in help!!! If you can't... well it might just be your time.
For me.. I'll just keep up my Red Cross certification in 1st aid and CPR updated and keep the bag handy... OH and pray I can get bars when and IF I turn my cell on in the woods...
Oneof the reasons i'm investigating a sat. hook up for my iPhone or a reg Sat.Phone....
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..Alone ??? I'm never alone in the woods. Either my wife & son are in tow.. my trekking/hunting/reenacting buddies... I would have to just take off without a word to anyone if I wanted to be alone. I'm lucky my family doesn't call in a missing person's report when I go to the bathroom!!
...But I digress... The EPIRB is a excellent idea for very isolated situations of single or small parties (those lucky $h*ts!!)...You can pick up a SPOT GPS messenger type for about $80 off Amazon.
NC I have seen them for $99 in BIG 5 but isn't there a monthly service fee??
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NC I have seen them for $99 in BIG 5 but isn't there a monthly service fee??
Honestly... I have no idea. I do know you have to register it w/ the NOAA; http://www.sarsat.noaa.gov/beacon.html ... but there's no mention of a fee. Does anyone else here have any further info ??? Seriously... I'm thinking this would be a great thing to have IF it's not prohibitively expensive.
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NC I have seen them for $99 in BIG 5 but isn't there a monthly service fee??
There should not be a fee for a standard PLB or PLB with GPS. This is not to be confused with the SPOT beacons that will also notify your family if you activate it. These may or may not incur a subscription fee.
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Good sound advise. Get all tue training you can then practice, practice. just finished putting my kit together. This kit I carry with me 90% of the time. Work, shopping, church, family get togethers. Sure my family and friends may laugh alittle, poke fun of what I carry. Until they have need of something
I carry it in my pockits and my 5.11,tan, tact vest and my LC2 backpack. Heavy? Lil'bit. Hot? Yep. But knowing that I have within easy reach the stuff Ill need to survie, a lot of stuff, and make it home to my family is worth it.
Its a long list of stuff, if you want a full list jist ask me.
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Good sound advise. Get all tue training you can then practice, practice. just finished putting my kit together. This kit I carry with me 90% of the time. Work, shopping, church, family get togethers. Sure my family and friends may laugh alittle, poke fun of what I carry. Until they have need of something
I carry it in my pockits and my 5.11,tan, tact vest and my LC2 backpack. Heavy? Lil'bit. Hot? Yep. But knowing that I have within easy reach the stuff Ill need to survie, a lot of stuff, and make it home to my family is worth it.
Its a long list of stuff, if you want a full list jist ask me.
Spack please Pm me your list! Thanks!
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