Most first-aid courses are designed for people who live in or near built up areas and close to medical help. The first-aider usually has only a few minutes before an ambulance arrives. During that time, the first-aider must protect the casualty, be sure that the casualty can breathe, stop any serious bleeding, and, possibly splint fractures. When the casualty is transported, the first-aiders job is finished.
It's different for those who live and travel in the wilderness! There, the first-aider must not only provide immediate care, but must transport the casualty to a safe camp or to land base ambulance. If conditions are right (visibility, weather, availability), air ambulance may be able to pick up the casualty. A first-aider may be required to care for a casualty for long periods of time under very cold and unsanitary conditions, with very limited supplies. In addition, the first-aider maybe required to transport the casualty for a very long period of time to receive medical assistance.
As per the Police Services Act of Ontario, S.T.O.P. Officers are required to receive first aid training and C.P.R. training on a regular basis. Plus, S.T.O.P. officers are equipped with first aid kits. S.T.O.P. Officers have at there access, within the Sudbury Area, eight rescue sleighs owned by the Sudbury Trail Plan and two air ambulance helipads owned and maintained by the Sudbury Trail Plan. Which is regulated by an protocol agreement with E.M.S., Ministry of Health, Sudbury Trail Plan & S.T.O.P..
S.T.O.P. Sudbury Area, received funding from the Sudbury Community Focus group to provide first aid instructor training. Two Sudbury Area, S.T.O.P. Officers became first aid/cpr instructors, Spl/Cst Mark Zinger & Spl/Cst Real Demore. S.T.O.P. Officers conduct first-aid workshops at the Young Snowmobilers Ride, plus train O.F.S.C Trail Wardens and re-fresher training for the Sudbury Area, S.T.O.P. Officers.
For a nominal fee (expenses) STOP Officers will offer first aid training classes to other snowmobilers.