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How to Light a Fire

  • 09/16/2014 - 11:36

    Always light your fire from the upwind side. Make sure you lay the tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning. They fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

    Modern Methods

    Modern igniters use modern devices. These are items that we normally think of to start a fire.

    1. Matches - Make sure these matches are waterproof. Also, store them in a waterproof container along with a dependable striker pad.
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Prevent and Treat Shock

  • 02/15/2013 - 13:15

    Shock is a life-threatening medical condition which is the result of insufficient blood flow throughout the body. Medical shock is a medical emergency and could lead to other conditions if left untreated. Medical shock is different than emotional, or psychological, shock that can occur following a traumatic or frightening emotional event.

    Anticipate shock in all injured personnel. Treat all injured persons as follows, regardless of what symptoms appear:
    · If the victim is conscious, place him on a level surface with the lower extremities elevated 15 to 20 centimeters.

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When a backblast becomes more of a...sideblast

  • 01/07/2013 - 16:10

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Basic Cold Weather Survival Tips

  • 11/28/2012 - 10:23

    It is more difficult for you to satisfy your basic water, food, and shelter needs in a cold environment than in a warm environment. Even if you have the basic requirements, you must also have adequate protective clothing and the will to survive. The will to survive is as important as the basic needs. There have been incidents when trained and well-equipped individuals have not survived cold weather situations because they

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Poisonous Snakes

  • 10/03/2012 - 11:52

    There are no infallible rules for expedient identification of poisonous snakes in the field, because the guidelines all require close observation or manipulation of the snake's body. The best strategy is to leave all snakes alone. Where snakes are plentiful and poisonous species are present, the risk of their bites negates their food value. Apply the following safety rules when traveling in areas where there are poisonous snakes:

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