I just finished Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton by paramedic Kevin Grange.
Kevin Grange is an excellent writer and Wild Rescues is great book that delivers on its promise. From the moment he drives up to Yosemite in a snowstorm to start his job as a ranger paramedic to his responding to a search and rescue for a missing and badly injured hiker in the Gran Tetons, it is as if you are there with him, gradually becoming more confident in your demanding job, taking in the glory of El Capitan, keeping a watchful eyes on the grizzly bears, and learning the fundamentals of wilderness medicine. Grange has an easy going narrative style aimed at the common reader while still having the medical depth that will appeal to emergency medical services professionals. I now understand the unique challenges of wilderness medicine, where the extrication plan is as big a part of the patient’s treatment as the hands on medical care. I have never been to Yosemite, Yellowstone or Gran Teton, but Grange does a wonderful job of capturing their majesty, as well as the culture of the people who live and work there as park ranger paramedics.
The book is coming out on April 6, 2021 from the University of Chicago Press. I recommend it, and if you haven’t read his first book, Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic, I recommend that as well.