FRANKFORT – Last night first responders attended a drill at Hilltop Park in Frankfort to practice getting a hunter out of a tree.
With hunting season underway, it’s important to know how to respond when a hunter falls out of a tree stand and gets stuck in their harness. The organizer of the class talked about the dangers that this presents.
“In a nutshell, your heartrate speeds up, pumps a bunch of blood into your legs, in about 10 minutes you pass out, and in about 20-25 minutes you could expire because you’ve run out of oxygen, basically,” said Brad Vrooman, chief of MOVAC and the instructor of the class. “So, it’s very imperative, obviously, that we move quickly to extricate that hunter whether he’s conscious or unconscious from that hanging situation. And that’s what we’re drilling here tonight.”
There has been an educational effort in the hunting community as well to make hunters more aware of these dangers.