In support of a Land Rover life it became evident that emergency medical care could prove a vital set of skills in many situations. Jeff Aronson earned his NREMT certification and Maine EMT-B license in 2010.
Maine requires EMT's to complete instructional programs approved by the State EMS. At the recommendation of the Vinalhaven EMS Director, Jeff attended the Solo School Wilderness EMT course at their home campus in Conway, NH. The one-month course provided significant classroom instruction, clinical time through local medical providers and ambulance/rescue services, field instruction, and presentations by wilderness medicine authorities and practicing EMT's/wilderness rescue experts from New England and worldwide.
On Vinalhaven, EMT services are provided by a volunteer organization funded partially through the Town of Vinalhaven, private donations, and state/federal grant support. The Vinalhaven EMS works closely with the Islands Community Medical Center, Vinalhaven Fire Department, and follows the protocols and regulations of the Maine EMS of the State Department of Safety. Jeff volunteers as a member of the Vinalhaven Ambulance which receives over 200 calls annually.
For information on becoming an EMT in Maine, click here.
Solo School Wilderness Emergency Medicine
Land Rover enthusiasts in many arenas attest to the quality of the Solo School programs.
Since the 1970's the Solo School has been recognized as a world leader in the field of wilderness emergency medicine. From its campus in Conway, NH, Solo School instructors lead nationally-certified programs in Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, and other specialty wilderness programs on site and around the world.
For EMT candidates, the Solo School provides a 180 hour course approved by the State of New Hampshire which exceeds curriculum guidelines established by the Federal D.O.T. Over 50 hours is devoted to Wilderness Medicine and Backcountry Rescue; an additional 130 hours is devoted to EMT training and clinical observation through local medical providers and EMS squads.
Solo School EMT candidates participate [if desired] in the examination/certification program of the National EMT Registry. All Solo School graduates complete the State of New Hampshire EMT practical examination.
Solo School graduates serve on local EMS squads, national parks, ski resorts, whitewater rafting companies, and with international relief agencies and expedition services. Over 100,000 students have graduated from its programs.