This fall we partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates to host a booth at the 35th Annual Atlantic Partners EMS Seminar! The purpose of the Seminar is to bring together emergency medical professionals from all over New England, and to offer courses that fulfill continuing education hours.
So what was Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership doing there? Because Hurricane Island is considered a “wilderness context” we are very aware of the importance of the local medical services that we have available to us 12 miles out in Penobscot Bay. We are grateful to have Vinalhaven’s Islands Community Medical Services center close by for minor injuries, and luckily have a landing pad on the South End if we ever need to activate Life Flight. Members of our staff are trained in First Aid and CPR, Wilderness First Response, and Sam, HICL’s Director, is an EMT. In short, safety is extremely important to us!
In an effort to run a diverse set of programs on the island we offer a variety of wilderness medical training courses through Wilderness Medical Associates. Everything from Wilderness First Aid to those who simply want to be prepared while enjoying the outdoors, to Wilderness Advanced Life Support for licensed medical professionals. It was our hope in attending the EMS seminar to spread the word to local EMS practitioners about the courses that we provide on Hurricane, especially since as of right now Hurricane is currently one of only two places offering Wilderness Advanced Life Support in the entire United States! We met some incredible people who volunteer with their local fire department and EMS crews. Thank you for all that you do for your communities and beyond!
If you are interested in learning more about our WMA courses check out our website!