Faculty Training

    Dublin has three faculty Woofers on campus, and it has recently added twenty-four Wilderness First Aid Certified instructors to those ranks. Simon McFall, Dean of Students, describes the school’s goal, which is to have all faculty and staff members training in Wilderness First Aid by next year. Brad Bates, Head of School, notes, “It’s so important to always think about safety—the safety of our students. We want to be prepared. [This training] has been empowering. It is empowering to learn how to respond if something ever goes wrong.”
    Instructor Sean Littlefield taught Dublin’s faculty in and outside of the classroom—through written work and practical assessments. Topics ranged from taking primary and secondary assessments to moving patients, recognizing and handling musculoskeletal injuries and soft tissue injuries, and responding to environmental emergencies.
    Stephanie Clark, Athletic Trainer, remarks, “It’s great to have everyone learning. For me, [the course] is a nice refresher. You should always stay up-to-date.” For others, the topics were new. “If something happened on a weekend, I feel much more confident about providing care and keeping people calm,” says Erin Bouton, Director of Residential Life. “It’s just helpful problem-solving work,” remarks Lanessa Davis, “Helpful for around the house incidents, even.”
    Littlefield presented the material with engaging demonstrations and practicals that mimicked potential problems—such as using only the materials we would bring on the Dublin camping trips to make splints or to keep a hypothermic patient warm and safe. “We always talk about safety as our number one priority,” says McFall. “It’s essential. It is our duty to educate ourselves as best we can. We ask kids to get outside their comfort zones on camping trips, and our goal is to support them.” Each camping trip group had at least one certified Wilderness First Aid responder. All in all, Dublin’s faculty feels prepared and empowered.