Item: The human experience of avalanche rescue
Title: The human experience of avalanche rescue
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1994 International Snow Science Workshop, Snowbird, Utah, USA
Authors: Gail L. Denton, Ph.D., Gail L. Denton, Ph.D., 1290 Aikins Way, Boulder, CO, USA, 80303, (303) 449-3550
Abstract: Avalanches ate a matter of physics. Being caught in an avalanche is a matter of personal intelligence, skill and luck (what we refer to back in our patrol as Nordic Darwinism). For the victim, survivor or rescuer involved in the site rescue, an avalanche is a personal, human experience. Let us focus today on those people who work with you or for you. Each individual, whether victim themselves, witness, hasty search team, probeline worker, site commander, county sheriff or wilderness rescue worker,experiences the avalanche rescue event as ail individual human being. How leadership and followership deal with the stress, personal risk and safety of participation, and potential death for themselves, their teammates and their recovered victims is the focus of this presentation. The three categories of focus are risk, death and morale. Whether you are listening today as management, team leader, patrol director, patrol member, avid skier or friend, this information applies to you.
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Keywords: rescue, avalanche victim, death, human experience
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