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Seminar Series - Kevin M. Bohacs

On December 14th, Kevin M. Bohacs, Sc.D., LF’05, FGSA, FGS, FRGS, will lead a seminar ‘Much More Than Medical Care: Responding to the Whole Emergency’, examining how and why people get hurt in the field, and instruct Members on what to do about it. The session will be of special interest to those heading to the field, and of particular importance for newer Members. The seminar’s goal is familiarization and hands-on practice with Emergency Response Plans and Incident Command Techniques. Topics will include: overview of field safety process, scenario analysis – with YOU as the leader, care in delayed help situations, going beyond first aid, effective response to field emergencies, emergency response plans, resources and gear, the role and responsibilities of the leader and team members, incident command principles, and scenario analysis-out in ‘slickrock country’.

Vilhjalmur Stefansson, the Club’s seventh President, was fond of saying “Adventures are a mark of incompetence”. Safe expeditions don't just happen – they are the product of careful planning and of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills of their members. Kevin points out effective and practical preparation for field safety is best founded on experience-based risk assessment and a deep understanding of the wide range of human factors that cause or contribute to accidents. His approach to accident avoidance and response is based on incident analyses by aviation, military, and fire service leaders, and has been tested in many hundreds of field activities around the world, over more than a million field hours. He will demonstrate key tactics, equipment, and supplies for prevention and emergency response, and discuss what to do about the world's most dangerous animal. (Hint: It has more than two legs.)

“If the explorer has a clear-cut problem to solve and an honest desire to do something really worthwhile he will prepare against adventures.” Roy Chapman Andrews, 1935

Kevin M. Bohacs is an expert in emergency response. He is a geologist with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and has conducted extensive field research and taught field safety around the world for over 35 years, in such far-flung areas as Java, Libya, and Madagascar. He is an American Red Cross Instructor-Trainer and served as a firefighter-paramedic, Boy Scout leader, and Disaster Services Chair for the Gulf Coast. He is co-chair of the joint Field Safety Task Force of the Geological Society of America and American Association of Petroleum Geologists that developed the field safety process now employed worldwide.

Date: Thursday, December 14

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Board Room, Explorers Club Headquarters

Reservation Notes:

Please note the Exploration Seminars are for Members only, without charge, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the Board Room. Chapter Members visiting Headquarters are encouraged to participate, and will be accommodated on a priority basis.  Members wishing to attend should call the Club Receptionist at (212) 628-8383, Ext. 10 to secure space.

For further information regarding the seminars, or to suggest future topics and speakers, please contact Daniel A. Kobal, Ph.D., FE’89 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (718) 757-7996

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