Safe Ranger Project
Over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the last 10 years. Countless others have been seriously wounded. Their safety is often at risk from armed poachers, animals, sickness and the extreme environment in which they work. Protected areas housing iconic species like rhino and elephant have become increasingly hostile operating environments where armed contacts with poachers are on the increase. Our rangers are at risk!
The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) has partnered with Med Wise Safety Services in the Safe Ranger Project to train rangers in remote area first aid to ensure rangers are equipped with the necessary skills to handle an array of injuries whilst on patrol.
The Safe Ranger Project recognises that if a ranger is wounded in the line of duty, it is often the minutes immediately after the incident that are most important. Knowing how to stabilise a trauma emergency can save a person’s life. First aid training for rangers has become an imperative. This training covers key elements required to safely handle a medical emergency, from scene management to treatment.
The first course of the Safe Ranger Project supported two of our corporate members. It was held at Phinda Private Game Reserve and was attended by 8 field rangers from the Nyathi Anti-Poaching Unit. On completion of the training, participants were equipped with Basic Ranger First Aid Packs, which include a belt pouch with high quality Trauma Dressing, Tourniquet, Chest seal, gloves and other basics.
The GRAA would like to firstly thank our administrator, Louise de Bruin and her generous supporters, who raised the funds required to make this training possible. Thank you to Douglas Lang of Medwise Safety Services for his dedication to ensuring rangers are safe!