Travelling First Aid & Safety Equipment by a Rescue Volunteer

g'day guys Ames here from Sparky's on the loose today I'm gonna talk about safety equipment I'm gonna talk about what we carry why we carry it how it's come in handy and all that jazz we'll go through what we carry in our first-aid kit with all the medicines talk about the satphone why I love the satphone we'll talk about a PL B's number one thing you should have traveling and you know go through this firefighting equipment and some other flares and little bits and bobs that we carry for safety equipment so yeah let's get into it alright so we're gonna jump straight in and talk about pale B's now pale B's are personal locating beacons you've probably heard of epubs the difference is EPIRBs are used on water and it's generally registered to a vessel whereas pale B's I've registered to a person or a vehicle and I generally used on land so that's the difference between a pl being an ePub this plb I got before we left it was a no-brainer for me got one with GPS highly recommend getting a pill B with GPS the sole reason if you're letting this off with GPS they can narrow it down to 200 meter radius on where you're letting this off as opposed to one without GPS and it's like a 2 to 5 cave radius so if you letting this off you're in trouble so much rather be found pretty quickly you know not 200 meter radius as opposed to like a 5k radius cuz you know that time could be all it takes really it's like yeah alright so when you buy one of these it'll come with paperwork and you'll need to register it with AMSA it's completely free and you can do it all online you're just putting in details so if you're activating this they know what they're looking for people the description of the car it's just that sort of stuff emergency contact to be put in your personal information so it's all free make sure you fill that out keep it keep it updated for this one I've got to remind off cuz it's been clicked over for two years just to go onto the website and make sure all my details were correct which they were so yeah make sure you register it with an saw alright so how do these work so if you're gonna let this off under all the gizmos this is the aerial flip and then there's a button in there you press that button and this will start flashing beeping and it's doing its thing that's what you want so basically this sends a signal up to satellites and travelling aircrafts and it will relay a message down to Canberra and then from Canberra that's when they start escalate it to a possible search party now you know how I was talking about in star before obviously their first point of call is they're gonna try to call you because you might have accidentally bumped this or you know knocked it or something so they're gonna try to call you and say hey your beacons going off obviously if you're in distress you might not have phone signal so then they're going to go to the next point of call they generally then go through like your emergency contacts they'll say hey this beacon is going off over here does this sound right and then from there they just keep escalating it to obviously a search party pretending to potentially come and rescue you so this beacon this plb cost us two hundred and sixty dollars and that's with a battery life of five years so highly recommend and when you're buying one to check the battery I'll give you a quick tip when we bought this one I bought it in January 17 we left for our lap March 17 so when you're buying one you want to make sure you check the battery because you don't be buying one that sat on the shelf for a couple of years because obviously that's two years then taken out of your battery life I have heard people buying them so obviously then it doesn't expire now till December 2022 that's full five years battery so make sure you check out it's a handy tip for us all right now for our pRb we keep this in the center console of the knife that seems the most logical place to keep it and I'll tell you why one reason because obviously we're constantly on the road driving that sort of thing we spent a lot of time in the car so just make sense to have it you know in the car in the center console it's easily accessible but it can't easily be bumped so that's another reason and a big reason on why we decided to put it there was say worst-case scenario we're driving along and we have a car accident and flip the car myself or Curt might be trapped with our seatbelts because obviously the car could be upside down but we could both potentially and just with an arm reach and get the plb out and activate it so that's a big reason on why we keep it in the center console this makes the most sense to us so pl B's my number one thing everyone traveling should get $250 and it potentially save your life so make sure you get one now we'll go on to the next thing we'll talk about the Sat phone alright guys so now we're going to talk about our Sat phone our Sat phone is is an iridium 9 5 7 v extreme rugged hence it that means it's waterproof dustproof shockproof everything now to get a Sat phone before the true it was pretty much a no-brainer for me but it took a little bit of convincing to cut he's come around now the reason one of the satphone was we knew we were going to go off the beaten track we're gonna go remote places for weeks on end so the main reason we wanted a Sat phone was peace of mind and knowing that we could talk to people when we're in the most remote places around Australia with the Iridium they have a hundred percent coverage australia-wide so every time we have turned this on then we're in a remote place I have gotten signal popped the antenna up you point it to the sky you just make sure you're not in like a gully or anything make sure you sort of up high and it's turned on and it's gotten me signal every time we've needed it you're in these remote places obviously you don't have Telstra you don't have Octus Vodafone any of that so having the Sat phone means we could have signal and talk to anyone at any time which is a big thing just peace of mind for example if we broken down somewhere we can bring up a mechanic get mechanical advice or possibly organise a tow and we can still speak to family and friends it's a phone so we can call anyone about anything even on bitumen if you're driving a big big distance between point A and point B there is black spots where you do not have phone signals so you don't necessarily have to be remote to have or want one of these driven plenty of structures on bitumen where we haven't had signal for hours just because we're driving between towns so good reason having the Sat phone is also just medical emergencies come across a car accident or anything like that we can raise help straight away and obviously find out what we need to be doing so the main reason I got this style Sat phone is I have the utmost confidence it'll in any scenario it's in a weatherproof box but it's weatherproof itself soft the car floods or anything dramatic happens I have absolute peace of mind I can pull this out turn it on and it'll work and we can get help so that's why I sort of went for a whole nother handset I have heard of like the satin sleeves and stuff but I'm personally not a fan because house those flies I'm personally not a fan of those sat sleeves because they rely on your mobile phone if your phone gets water damaged cracks cream anything like that I believe those such sleeves are useless so that's why I went for a whole nother handset because ya have the utmost peace of mind it'll work so I bought we bought this handset outright it's brand-new we bought it a month before we were leaving for our trip it was on a plan to pay off the handset and obviously a plan for the mobile the sim plan and that was for a hundred and nineteen dollars a month so you break that down into weekly budget and it's not too bad it's now been two years so we earned this handset outright and now our plan has dropped down to it's like $30 a month so that's purely paying for the sim plan now so I think it's a well worthy investment because we're gonna have this other light phone for life now because obviously not only for travel but once we go back home many adventures go out on a boat all that sort of stuff we can take this with us so that's why we opted to buy new that doesn't mean you have to buy a new cell phone and there's plenty of secondhand ones available you could buy you can even rent one if you're just going to do a small trip and you don't really want to buy one then of those companies out there that can do that so yeah just think about where you're going avoid a Sat phone we got it from Telstra yeah Telstra give us a deal no I'm just kidding so it came with all this paperwork it comes to CDs it comes with extra charges Tanner's just cables that sort of stuff which all just live in this box I'll show you a quick handy tip that I do for hours it comes with obviously its own phone number and buggered if I know this phone number off my heart so before we left I just got a label ah and I just put the phone number here is if you call in anyone for any reason and they're like hey what's your number we need to give you a call back and just rattle that number straight off to them the that sort of mucking around and searching for it so there's a little handy tip for y'all a big reason we got the satphone it was obviously when we go remote we can stay in touch with family and friends right our troop we've spent weeks on end in remote places without reception so when we're in these places all that family and friends know that we have the satphone and if we're out of reception for a couple of days we start checking this every afternoon to see any penny text messages has come in for example if my say uncle back home had a heart attack and I didn't know why one of my family members would send a message to this and then obviously call and see what's going on as opposed to having no contact coming out of the bush say two weeks later I'm finding out he was on his last legs and he just died yesterday yeah it's not something that we want to do rather know about it straight away and then we can take action and decide what we want to do yeah as opposed to yeah finding out a bit too late so that's just one I know sort of a worst-case scenario on why we wanted the Sat phone just to purely keep in touch with family and friends and any medical emergencies really I mean not only can they let us know obviously we can use this too for medical emergencies calling for help calling for doctors advice yeah so I think that's all the reasons on why we love the Sat phone why we chose a Sat phone something for you to consider if you think you're gonna need Sat phone obviously I always recommend carrying at the more safety equipment the better carry all the stuff hoping you never need it but if you do need it it's instantly paid for itself so yeah we'll get on to the next thing and we'll show you guys what's in our first aid kits all right so now we're going to show you what's in our first aid kit start with the Big Daddy I'll show you what's in him now for this first aid kit I regard it custom-built before I left I have a very good friend who owns her own first aid business so I works with her on setting this up to carry everything that I wanted and needed so it is sort of a custom-built kit so we'll start by showing you into the main compartment in here now hot tip no one remembers everything to do a first aid I can admit that I don't remember everything so we keep our first aid books sitting on top here so if anything happens we've got reference material to look up they like like shock strains sprains anything like that you can just quickly look it up see what you need see what you need to do and go from there because it might not always be you using this someone could be using this on you so yeah handy too yeah I got some first aid books that's the first thing they'll see when they open it up so in here top section full of bandages all that sort of stuff wound dressings I mean I'm sure you guys know what's in a first aid kit I'll just quickly go through it we've got a snakebite bandage you know containers triage blankets everything and anything you can think of is in this kit we're in dressing got splints we're gonna write up splints so splinters if you like break your hand or you need to mobilize something we've got little ones forearms and we've also got big ones and a few legs sharps container band-aids yeah I wash just all sorts of stuff alcohol swabs anything like I said you can think of is in here medicine mass sorry medicine cup triage blankets CPR mask sick bag cups better the ice iodine swabs ice pack dressing strips so a lot of the stuff is kept in here and also just quickly show you I'll just show you what's up the top here so what we got in here we've just got more tape thermal blankets cotton swabs there's a little pocket torch here more bandages and stuff show you what's at the front and this is where we started talking to we start getting to the medicines that we carry which I'll start going through what medicines we carry but in here we've just got more bandages we've got a thermometer scissors scalpel tweezers just anything you can think of is in this first-aid box alright so now we're gonna talk about what medicines we carry now one of the number one things I recommend that you carry is hydrolyzed the amount of times we've needed these and given them to other people there's been countless heat activities you can just get you and hard to last yeah pretty much they speak to themselves I'm sure you know what they are definitely recommend carrying harder lights in your first-aid kit now another major thing that we carry our first aid kit is EpiPens believe it or not you can buy an EpiPen over-the-counter it'll probably cost you about $100 and you need to show your driver's license but you can get one without a prescription I explained to the nurse that I was going remote and she highly recommend getting an EpiPen anaphylactic shock obviously they do have an expiry date so one of ours has expired recently so had to go buy another one which is fine I don't mind spending money on safety and just keeping the other one of the spare because it still could work the adrenalin in it so yeah we carry epi pens so if you're ever in trouble you want the sparkies to be around because after US aid kit has got everything now show you what some more medicines that we do carry now these are all kept in the side pockets so antiseptic cream diarrhea release we've got our breath pure Fionn if I pronounced that right in suggestion and heartburn burn aid cream with care equals more hydro lights and in this side got Democrat ass pros strong pain relief and we've got hay fever and allergy tablets we also carry your basic patted all strepsils or your common staff they just sit in the van I should honestly probably chuck a few of them in here but we do have them if we need them there too sitting in the van in a separate spot so that's what's in our big first-aid kit with all the medicines and all the gear we show you what's in our little rescue swag watchtower hiking what's in our backpack hiking video you may have seen it but I'll quickly run through what's in this one so this is our rescue swag got this online I think it was about 150 dollars and we mainly carry this one when we're going hiking it's just small compact and I can just sit in our backpack so what's in this one I'll undo it make sure open it right yep so it's called a rescue swag so it comes with these three kits it comes with dr. ABCD in case you have to do CPR but the bag itself has got many uses which it tells you when you buy it you can zip it up use it as bucket you can use it as splint it's got a range of things the bag itself can be useful and then we go into the three little kits we've got here the first one is for minor injuries and then it just tells you exactly what's in the bag so in this one it's got wound dressings first day sorry band-aids I wash forceps splinters anything Mya no you're probably wanting to go in that bag and then the second bag is snakebite burns sprains and strains so if you get bitten by snake snake bandage right there and then obviously sprains strains and burns so all that's in this one that's why I love this thing it's just all itemized easy to read easy to find and then the last bag is major injuries so this one starts talking about amputee bags thermal blankets shock management so this one like you could be doing a little bit of surgery so let's hope you never need that one but it's there if you need it yeah that's why we love the rescue swag so I main reason that we carry a lot of medicines is we're self-sufficient obviously we go remote anything we need is in here another major another big reason is we buy a lot of this stuff we're in major towns we need to stock up or anything so the prices are quite low if you're going to need any of this in a remote town they may or may not have it and you may be looking at two to three times the price it's not that's the problem because if you need anything you know you're gonna need it but for us we've just got peace of mind that we've got everything we need a lot of medicines and they're right there so if something's happening in the middle of the night we don't have to wait for the chemist open we can just yeah use what we got so that's why we went with medicines in our big first-aid kit and then obviously yeah the smaller first-aid kit which goes hiking guys so I think that pretty much wraps off first-aid kits what's in them what we carry got any questions let us know quickly touch on firefighting equipment and the flares that we carry so now we're going to quickly touch on what firefighting equipment we care I'm sure I need to go into too much detail on why you need to carry this stuff I'll just speak about what we carry so for us we carry three fire extinguishers and we carry two fire blankets one fire extinguisher in one fire blanket lived here in the canopy and that's purely because we have the portable cooker so if we're cooking away from the van the cooker generally sits here so just keep the fire fighting stuff near the fire source so that's why these two live here and we have another fire extinguisher behind my seat in the car that's purely for the fact that if there's a fire pretty close or pretty rapid it might take time to unlock this kind of peak to get this fire extinguisher so that one behind my seat is just really readily accessible for example for an engine fire or something like that I can just grab it chuck it to Kurt and you know put it out and then obviously the other fire extinguisher and other fire blanket live in the caravan I'm obviously we've got the cooker in there so the fire blanket just sits on the wall to the side and then we have the fire extinguisher which is like right behind me down near the couch so both easily accessible if there's a sort of fire near the cooker quick tip just keep an eye on your fire extinguishers and make sure that they stay charged I noticed the other week our fire extinguisher in here it actually lost charge so for us it was just easy to order and you went online and replace it but there is places that will recharge them and stuff like that just for us it was easy to just get a brand new one so yeah just make sure you keep an eye on them make sure the pin stays in you know just make sure that I'm working order because when you're gonna need this you want it to work I need to say too much more just make sure you guys at least got one fire extinguisher you just never know when you'll need it sort of a funny story before we left for our trip me and Kurt went camping we were having a campfire and then a little bit of off the wind came and I got a little bit out of control these things happen luckily Kurt had a fire extinguisher I would have put it out before it got too major so yeah you just never know when you're gonna need it but at least it's there if you need it so yeah get yourselves a fire extinguisher and then the last thing we carry flares probably thinking why the hold of these guys have flares just my history volunteering for the coastguard I know the importance of flares out on the water so I just grabbed a couple just to keep with us it's just another thing that we can use to attract attention or let off in the case of emergency I'm not saying that you need flares but yeah we just carry a few and I just leave this dry bag and I just lives in the car just want to make sure if you carry a lot of this stuff just make sure everyone knows how to use it alright guys so I think that pretty much wraps up the safety video I think I'm going through everything on what we carry why we carry it why you should carry it if you have any questions or queries about anything just leave us a comment I'll get back to you I'm sort of the safety gear of the team a lot of this was sort of my undertaking and my push to get all the safety equipment so it's sort of my expertise that's hopefully that wasn't too long and boring hopefully you learnt something took something out of that video like this video if you found it helpful give off a thumbs up can you make sure you subscribe and yeah thanks for watching and we'll see in the next one thanks guys bugger off our Sat phone is an iridium 9 7 9 and then in it so one of the main thing so one of the so one of the numbers all right hurry up I'm hovering on yeah go on Jack it's all I'm doing I quit I quit you

13 thoughts on “Travelling First Aid & Safety Equipment by a Rescue Volunteer

  1. Good info, thanks! I think you should be wearing a broad brimmed hat, especially in the Australian outback. Otherwise you might need some first aid for sunburn, and don't forget the sunscreen, cheers.

  2. Awesome first aid kit. Makes ours look rather small. I am wondering if the PLB batteries are replaceable or if you have to get a new one if the old battery dies? It would seem to make more sense to have rechargeable batteries and allow the unit to run from a secondary power source like a USB port if the battery gives up. Good idea to carry more than one fire extinguisher. We should get more as we only carry one in each vehicle. Good video and useful info.

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