Swiftwater Rescue

Our students have class in Iron Foot’s backyard!

Our students have class in Iron Foot’s backyard!

Our students have class in Iron Foot’s backyard!

If you didn’t know the Western North Carolina tale of “Iron Foot” – well here it goes. George Ellison, naturalist and writer recently shared this cool bit of history in our area and I wanted to share it forward. “Hat’s off” to George! The story of “Iron Foot” is based in Bryson City, NC. More specifically the “Devil’s Dip” or “Island Park” area along the Tuckasieggee River. Iron Foot, with no known given name, lived at the Island in a shack in the late 20th century. Without a bridge, he was often stranded on the island when the Tuckasigee was high. The word in town was that Iron Foot was previously an outlaw with Jesse James who injured his foot during a robbery then retired to Western North Carolina. Why is that meaningful to Landmark Learning? Well, we annually conduct numerous Swiftwater Rescue courses at this location. Many of our students had class in Iron Foot’s backyard! Here is the George Ellison article for you to check out! https://www.smokymountainnews.com/outdoors/item/25479-ironfoot-the-hermit-of-island-park #Landmarklearning #Americancanoeassociation #Swiftwaterrescue  #Bellyak #Brysoncity #WNC  

Justin S. Padgett, M.S, Paramedic, WEMT, is the Executive Director of Landmark Learning in Cullowhee, NC.  Justin has been an outdoor trip leader since 1990 with a focus on river and backcountry travel. His work in prehospital care started in 1993 with a focus on vertical cave rescue and then rural paramedic care. The fields of prehospital emergency medicine and guiding have helped Justin combine the two fields for his students. Additionally, Justin is also a Swiftwater Rescue and member of the American Canoe Association's national curriculum committee.

Justin Padgett, M.S., Paramedic, WEMT has provided service as an out of hospital care provider since 1994. He is a level 2 instructor for the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services and manager of the Landmark Learning EMT Intensive. Additionally, Justin is a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor who has traveled and taught wilderness medicine throughout the US and SA since 1996.

Sponsor Highlight: the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service

Sponsor Highlight: the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service

Sponsor Highlight: the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Rescue Service

The Chattanooga Hamilton County Rescue Service in Chattanooga, Tennessee (CHCRS) specializes in cave rescue, surface rope rescue, search and rescue, and wilderness medical evacuation. CHCRS maintains three response vehicles equipped with over 8,000 feet of rope, hardware bags stocked with equipment used for building rope systems with a mechanical advantage, and the necessary tools to modify a cave during a rescue. In addition, these vehicles are equipped with all of the most sophisticated patient packaging, immobilization and transport equipment, including a mobile heart monitor, warm air inhalator and airway kit. Their medical team has been credited with saving countless lives both above and below ground. CHCRS’s ability to provide advanced life support care deep inside a cave is a service unique to the Cave/Cliff Unit and sets their standard of care apart from any other cave rescue team in the United States. CHCRS trained with Landmark Learning is Swiftwater rescue primarily because there are hundreds of wet caves in their response area. Most of those caves have running water and we need to be prepared to rescue people from those environments. CHCRS also falls under the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management and could be called upon to assist with rescues during a widespread flooding event in our area.  With the addition of Swiftwater rescue capabilities, CHCRS is now a FEMA contact for a call-out on technical rescues east of the Colorado Rockies. #SwifwaterRescue #Specialops #AmericanCanoeAssociation

Justin S. Padgett, M.S, Paramedic, WEMT, is the Executive Director of Landmark Learning in Cullowhee, NC.  Justin has been an outdoor trip leader since 1990 with a focus on river and backcountry travel. His work in prehospital care started in 1993 with a focus on vertical cave rescue and then rural paramedic care. The fields of prehospital emergency medicine and guiding have helped Justin combine the two fields for his students. Additionally, Justin is also a Swiftwater Rescue and member of the American Canoe Association's national curriculum committee.

Justin Padgett, M.S., Paramedic, WEMT has provided service as an out of hospital care provider since 1994. He is a level 2 instructor for the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services and manager of the Landmark Learning EMT Intensive. Additionally, Justin is a NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor who has traveled and taught wilderness medicine throughout the US and SA since 1996.

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