Tuesday, January 7, 2014

MDT Offers Winter Survival Clinic this Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

With recent "winter vortex" plaguing our area it is all too easy to get caught in a storm unprepared for cold conditions. To help people prepare for this situation, the Montana Department of Transportation-Aeronautics Division, is offering a winter survival clinic this weekend January 10-12 at Homestake Pass Lodge near Butte, Montana.

The clinic is called Surratt Memorial Winter Survival Clinic, and is named after Montana pilot Terry Surratt who survived a plane crash near Garrison in January of 1992. Sadly, in the hours after the wreck, he died from the harsh winter conditions. Since the tragedy, Terry Surratt's wife Deb, has helped reinforce and fund a winter survival clinic for pilots, so they have the skills to stay alive if their plane goes down.

Although the clinic is geared toward pilots and emergency response members, these skills can be used by anyone that wants to learn essential cold weather survival skills with minimum equipment. Emergency medical training is also included in the clinic along with all meals.

The clinic is two nights, and the first night you will sleep inside Homestake lodge with instructional talks on emergency landings and emergency medical procedures. Saturday will be spent learning techniques on winter survival, such as how to build and maintain a fire, and build and emergency shelter. That evening you will put the training to work and spend the night in the survival shelter you have built.

This is one of the best ways to learn and test your survival skills in a real-life environment with proper supervision.

For more information or to reserve a spot contact Dave Hoerner at (406)444-9568

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