Halfway through 2015 NRAAM… Feet are doing ok so far, I haven’t run out of batteries for any electronics yet, and there’s still lots to see!
I spent this morning taking Ambulance Driver’s Shooter Self Care course for the second year. AD is an amazing teacher; he isn’t one of those who simply reads his PowerPoint slides. He fills in the didactics with stories from his day-to-day experiences, as do the other instructors (each of whom comes from a slightly different realm medical or law-enforcement background).
This course teaches the basics of what to do when something goes wrong while shooting. He approaches it from a very factual and necessary point-of-view, with lots of examples of what to do or what not to do, and a lot of what he mentions are things that are definitely worth planning out ahead of time.
I realized that I know the name of my local gun club and even what street it is located on, but I’m not sure I know the street address off the top of my head, were I to need to call 911 and request an ambulance to be sent.
I know where the AEDs are located in each club building, as well as the first aid kits, but most of what we have is outdated. I was put in charge of updating everything medical at both club locations just last month, but I need to get busy and get it done.
I need to remember to take my blowout kit with me to the range every single time I go, not just when I think about it.
The course this year also had the benefit of a segment from LawDog talking about Critical Incident Stress, including what it is, how and why it happens, and how to get through it.
If AD continues to give this course as a yearly tradition at the NRA (or if he makes it available at another time), I highly recommend it for all shooters.