2019 Field Safety

Working in the field has a unique set of challenges and risks. At Outdoor Adventures we recognize those hazards and have worked with researchers on campus to compile a menu of training's that will give you the tools, tips and tricks to help mitigate some of the risk associated with field work. Thanks to UAF Vice Chancellor for Research we are again offering large number of trainings in the Spring Semester before field season gets into full swing. See our courses listed below, beginning early March and ending in May. Priority given to UAF Researchers, but we will open some of the courses to other staff and students two weeks prior to course start dates. Some times these spots have a fee, while others are free. Researchers, please sign-up in advance. Others, please wait until 2 weeks prior.

Contact Mark Oldmixon at mtoldmixon@alaska.edu or 474-6709 for questions.

Sign-up by calling UAF Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027.

Current Course Offerings: 
March 5 - Avalanche Safety
This awareness level course is important for anyone heading into the mountains during seasons in which snow is likely. Learn to identify avalanche slopes and hazards. Understand red flag situations and scenarios. Learn how to use critical rescue gear in the event of a burial. This course will be both inside and outside, dress appropriately.
When: March 5 - 9AM
Where: TBD
Cost: Funded by UAF Research. $50 for non-affiliates
Space: Limited to 6

 

 

March 6 - Firearms Safety Course - Rifle
This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a rifle or shotgun in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at the range on the airport property. Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo.  Please contact instructor Craig Lewis (craig.m.lewis@gmail) ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability. Students bringing their own guns or University guns also need ammo. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance. No ammo is provided with the class. We recommend 60 rounds of ammunition. Reduced recoil is fine for 40 rounds, as long as 20 rounds of full power are available. All shotgun ammo needs to have slugs.

Courses start at 9AM at TBD. Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in the classroom. Please bring your gun to class in a case, not on your hip or slung on your shoulder. There is a live-fire proficiency test in order to pass the class. Please read the course document completely for details. COURSE DOC

Suitable rifle calibers:
  1. .30-06 or larger (.300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Federal Magnum, .375 H&H or similar)
  2. .45-70 Government
  3. .450 Bushmaster; .458 SOCOM.
Rifle ammunition should be of hunting variety or hard-cast lead projectiles.

Suitable shotguns: Remington or Mossberg manufacture loaded with 12 gauge rifled slugs.  Brenneke brand slugs are preferred due to the hardness of the alloy. 

Space: Limited to 6 students per class. 
Cost: Funding provided by UAF Research. Must be a researcher to participate.
Space: Limited to 6 student
Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027

 

 
March 7 - 2-hour Bear Safety
Tim Craig Instructing

A crash course in bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish&Wildlife.

When: March 7
Where: TBD
Cost: Funded by UAF Research, Free to non-affiliates
Space: Limited to 25 seats
Please sign-up in advance to help with planning. Affiliates can sign-up beginning February 22
 
March 26- ATV/Snow Machine Safety

Learn the basics of riding technique as well as field repair tactics. Getting stuck in the wilderness due to a simple error is costly.

Cost: Sponsored by UAF VC for Research
Where: TBD
When: March 26 9AM - 4PM
Space: Limited to 10 participants. Only available to researchers.
 
March 27- Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue
This is a seven hour introduction to the concepts and techniques of safely traveling on a glacier.  The course will present the general principles of glacier travel including; route choices, anatomy of crevasses, safety and rescue gear, rope work and knots, self rescue, partner rescue, anchor basics, haul systems, camp selection and gear management.  The course will be presented as a mixture of lecture and hands-on with most of the class happening indoors.  If weather permits some of the hands-on lessons will be outside.                                                                                                                                                               
Cost:  Funding provided by UAF Research or $100 if you are unaffiliated
Date: March 26
Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures
Space: Limited to 6 students 

 

March 28- Death, Taxes & Risk - Inevitable 

UAF Risk Management will be providing instruction to help you better understand UAF policies and procedures. Did you know the Chancellor needs to approve you having a gun in the field? Do you know what to do if you are bringing a minor in the field or hosting a group a school kids? Are you allowed to have alcohol in the field? How do you explain vehicle insurance to another driver or the police if you are in an accident? Free can of Bear Spray provided to participants!

When: March 27 9AM - 1PM
Where: TBD
Space: Limit 25 seats - sign-up in advance.
 
March 29 - Bear Safety and Bear Spray Practice
Tim Craig Instructing
A more in-depth course on bear safety. Bear awareness, encounter prevention and appropriate response scenarios discussed. This course goes more in depth and includes practice bear spray scenarios, multi media presentation. Inert Bear spray provided for practice. Tim is a career wildlife biologist with BLM and Fish&Wildlife.
When: March 29th 9AM - 6 hours
Cost: Funded by UAF Research; Free to unaffiliated
Space: Limited to 18 spots - Sign-up in advance

 

 
Field Safety 101 - April 1
This is a seven hour course designed to give students and introduction to the concepts and techniques of being comfortable in the backcountry.  We will cover clothing systems, tents, stoves, water treatment, bear safety, minimizing impact, student rights, communication and other topics for maintaining comfort and safety in the backcountry. The course will be presented as a mixture of lecture and hands-on with the class happening both inside and outside.
 
Cost: Provided by UAF Research $50 if you are unaffiliated
When: April 1 at 10AM
Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures (SRC 106)
 

April 2-3- Wilderness First Aid 

Working in the field will expose you to hazards and situations different than in urban areas. Prepare yourself to better handle some of those medical emergencies by taking this 20 hr course. Over those 20 hrs you will cover topics such as, the critical systems, incident management, wound cleaning and much more. Course fees include textbook, certification and instruction. (CPR not included in this training)
 
Cost: Funded by UAF Research or $200 if you are not affiliated
When: April 2-3: 8am-5pm
Where: TBD
 
April 4th- CPR/AED - UAF Fire Department 
Learn this simple skill that has been proven to save lives when done quickly and correctly. Some online pre-class work will be required. Contact Mark Oldmixon (mtoldmixon@alaska.edu) for coupon code and class link well in advance of class.
When: April 4th and pre-class work
Where: EMS classroom 118 in Old UPark
Space is limited 12. UAF Affiliates only.
 
April 8- Firearms Safety Course - Pistol 
This course gives the student the necessary training to be authorized to carry a pistol in the field for UAF work-related activities (mainly research). Students will learn gun safety and best shooting practices. The morning will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent at the range on the airport property. Students are encouraged to bring their own weapons and required to bring their own ammo. Please contact instructor Craig Lewis (craig.m.lewis@gmail) ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability. The student bringing their own guns or University guns also need ammo. Please contact your supervisor if you need funding assistance. No ammo is provided with the class. We recommend 100 rounds of ammunition. 80 rounds can be target load, as long as at least 20 full-power rounds are available too.
 
Courses start at 9AM at Reichart 165. Bring a lunch and be prepared to stay until 5:00. Half the day will be outside too, dress appropriately. No ammo in classroom. Please read the course document completely for details. COURSE DOC
 
Suitable handgun calibers:
10mm Auto (with appropriate ammunition)
.357 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
.41 Magnum (with appropriate ammunition)
.44 Magnum or larger (.454 Casull, .460 Smith & Wesson, .480 Ruger)
 
Cost: Funding provided by UAF Research. Must be a researcher to participate
Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027
Space: Limited to 6 students, only UAF Researchers.

 

May 13-15- Remote Worker Water Safety 

If your full-time and/or seasonal personnel use any kind of watercraft (pack rafts, sea kayaks, canoes, rafts, jet, or prop boats) to travel in remote areas and wilderness settings to accomplish their work, you should consider Remote Worker Safety Training provided by Arctic River Guides.
This 3-day course addresses the specific problems encountered when working on, over, or adjacent to water. It is designed to meet and exceed the industrial requirements of OSHA 1926.106. Our program provides the essential knowledge and hands-on skills (recognizing and avoiding hazards, self and companion rescue techniques, injury management, and survival) to allow your employees to travel and perform their work in small groups in remote settings safely and effectively.
 
Cost: Funded by UAF Research - All equipment provided.
Priority given to UAF Researchers, $400 to unaffiliated after April 15                                  
When: May 13-15 - All Day
Where: UAF Outdoor Adventures and Chena River
Space: limited to 9 spots. 
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