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. Currently we are offering courses in basic field safety, wilderness medicine, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, swift water rescue and new this spring small aircraft (fixed wing and helicopter safety). 

Current Course Offerings: 

September 11 - Firearms Safety Course - Pistol

 

This courses 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 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.
 
Courses start at 9AM at Bunnell 410. 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: $135
Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027
 
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September 27 - Firearms Safety Course - Long Gun (rifle and shotgun)

 

This courses 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 ahead of time with questions about firearm suitability. 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 60 rounds of ammunition.
 
Courses start at 9AM at Bunnell 410. 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 rifle calibers:
.30-06 or larger (.300 Winchester Magnum, .338 Federal Magnum, .375 H&H or similar)
.45-70 Government
.450 Bushmaster; .458 SOCOM.
Rifle ammunition should be of hunting variety or hard-cast lead projectiles.
 
Space is limited to 6 students per class. There is a live-fire proficiency test in order to pass the class.
 
Cost: $135
Sign-up by calling Outdoor Adventures at 474-6027
 
Field Safety 101
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: 
When: TBD
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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: $175
When: Nov 10 and 11; 8am-5pm
Where: TBD
 

Where: Murie 301 

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.                                                                                                                                                               
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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

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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 Alaska Rescue’s Remote Worker Safety Training Program.
This 40-hour 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.
 
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Future Programs
Outdoor Adventures has worked with UAF researchers and campus risk management to create a menu of programs that will help UAF's researchers accomplish their work in the safest manner possible. Some courses are instructed by our professional staff and others are contracted out to reputable organizations that we have worked with over the years. We are constantly striving to offer useful trainings to the UAF community, if you have ideas or training needs that are not met with the current offerings feel free to contact us. Likely future courses include:
  • Title IX field safety specific
  • Bear Safety and Firearm Safety
  • Aviation Safety
Contact us:
Phone: 907-474-6027
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