Silver Star techs train Afton EMS on suspension trauma response
Recently, Silver Star employees Heath Jensen, McKay Porter, and Tom Byers were honored to present the Afton EMS with training on how to carry out a tower rescue, as well as detection and treatment of suspension trauma and Radio Frequency sickness.
As two of the very few certified tower climbers in Star Valley, Heath and McKay posses a unique set of skills and training. Heath is also certified to train others.
On February 15th , they worked with Afton EMS, providing attendees with knowledge of climbing basics, proper climbing and rescue gear, safety precautions to adhere to, what to expect when arriving on-site, and how to carry out a rescue.
While most climbers use fall arrest equipment, there are further risks to be considered. Prolonged suspension within a full-body harness after a fall can cause a serious health risk known as suspension trauma. Suspension trauma may cause dizziness, weakness, sweating, fainting, blood accumulation in the veins and, although not common, may even lead to death. Since suspension trauma can occur within minutes after a fall, especially if the climber is unconscious, it is important for emergency medical services to be trained in how to quickly and safely handle such an emergency.
Radio Frequency (RF) sickness is caused by exposure to radio frequencies emitted by electrical pollution and wireless technology. RF sickness frequently causes flu-like symptoms, but more severe symptoms can include seizures, paralysis, psychosis and stroke. This is a relevant and serious concern for tower climbers such as Heath and McKay, as well as rescue personnel, should there be an emergency on a tower. If a person has had RF frequency sickness long enough permanent damage can result, so a safe and prompt rescue is essential.
We thank Heath, McKay, and Tom for their combined effort to see this important training take place.