Discovering Healthy And Fun Activities
One hope that we have at Fire Mountain is that during their time here, the residents will begin to discover a variety of activities that they can use to replace drugs. Whether they felt connected to drugs because of friends, culture, coping, or thrill, adventure activities may be one past time that can help to fill the gap after they begin a sober lifestyle.
At Fire Mountain, we believe not only in participating in adventure, but try to create an environment in which residents can learn about how to participate in these activities after they graduate. One way to do this is to create a variety of adventure skill training opportunities during their time at Fire Mountain.
Safe Fun Outdoors With Medical Training
Each year, Fire Mountain has offered its residents a wilderness first aid training. The training ensures that those residents who go on to engage in outdoor pursuits know how to keep themselves and their partners safe in case of a medical emergency. It is a great way to foster confidence and safety while in the outdoors.
The Wilderness And Remote First Aid Course
In March, Fire Mountain sponsored a Wilderness and Remote First Aid course for its residents. The course involved a deeper level of medical training than traditional First Aid classes, and focused primarily on what to do in “extended care” settings, where higher level medical care may be hours away.
The course was such a success and so well received by staff and residents, that Fire Mountain committed to continuing this tradition. Nick Magle-Haberek, the Intensive Program Manager, was recently certified by the American Red Cross to instruct these courses.
December’s intensive program is scheduled to be the next round of Wilderness and Remote First Aid classes. Moving forward, Fire Mountain plans to offer this program to residents every several months to ensure that all graduates can be certified and can stay safe in the outdoors after they leave the program.