The Kane Schools is the “oldest”, new school, in wilderness medicine. Though founded in 2013, we have been teaching rescue medicine for well over 40 years. I began teaching water rescue and life-guarding in the early 1970’s, then as a young climber with an EMS education began rescuing folks from the mountains and wild-lands of New England. I was part of the foundation, curriculum development, and growth of the three largest, best known schools of wilderness and rescue medicine in the world today. Having taught wilderness medicine with other programs through five decades, it was time for me to build my own school, teach relevant, realistic medicine, and do it the way folks learn best…by learning what to do, and how to do it, when some one needs help.
In teaching people to rescue others, the key is proven principles, based on evidence and experience. Our students learn from people who have done what they teach. Experiential education is best when students have the ability to practice critical thinking, come up with creative solutions, and develop “muscle memory”, in the relative safety of the “classroom”. Our goal is to give the student a realistic educational experience that only not informs, but challenges, entertains, prepares, and empowers them to act when someone is in need…to be ready when it is their time to, Save Somebody™.
What Is Wild & Rescue Medicine?
Wild and Rescue Medicine is the simple process of getting to people who are stuck in a place where they can’t stay, can’t leave without help, and getting them out, as quickly and safely as possible. Along the way, we find out about their injuries and illnesses and do our best to take care of them. Simple is not always easy.
“Nobody has taught Wilderness Medicine to more people than Bill Kane. He is one of the most accomplished, entertaining, experienced, and engaging educators I’ve ever known. Not many educators can hold my attention for 48 hours…but Bill can!”
– Jon Politis, MPA, NRP
“I’ve known Bill Kane for close to 40 years. His primary role in my life was as an instructor at SOLO. His knowledge of wilderness medicine, his rescue work, and his climbing background were well integrated in these trainings. He provided me with a great foundation and ability to assess and treat injuries and illnesses in the wilderness.”
– Jed Williamson, WEMT
“Throughout my recent Wilderness First Responder course with Bill Kane, I found him to maintain the highest standards of mentoring. His control of the subject matter was extraordinary and his instruction was thorough, precise, and exhaustive. He expected from his students, and demonstrated, the highest standards of interpersonal behavior.
–Mike Jewell, Professional Mountain Guide