CHICAGO, IL—America’s national parks represent some of the most beautiful and beloved wildernesses on the planet. But that beauty coexists with an element of danger inherent to the natural world. In Wild
CHICAGO, IL—America’s national parks represent some of the most beautiful and beloved wildernesses on the planet. But that beauty coexists with an element of danger inherent to the natural world.
In Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton (Chicago Review Press, April 6, 2021), award-winning author and veteran paramedic Kevin Grange explores the world of paramedics working in the National Park Service.
Combining his first-hand experience in the field with a passion for the outdoors, Grange shines a light on the fast-paced and exhilarating practice of wilderness medicine, where paramedics work with limited resources, in total isolation and amongst the elements. Grange has seen it all, from heart attacks at Old Faithful to fractured skulls at Yosemite Falls to snowmobile crashes over the cliffs of the jagged Tetons.
Grange’s prose will engage the experienced expert while maintaining an accessible and thrilling tone for casual adventurers. He captures the beauty of America’s natural wonders and provides thoughtful insights on the goal of the National Parks program and the many threats facing “America’s Best Idea.”
As visitation figures rise, budgets shrink and Americans continue to love their parks to death, paramedics do more than fight for their patients’ lives, but also for the lives and wellbeing of the forests, mountains and environments in which they serve.
Wild Rescues blends action-packed missions, an introduction to wilderness medicine and a celebration of land conservation into one essential read. Those interested in medicine, nature and the conservation of our nation’s natural treasures will find immense value in its pages.
About the Author:
Kevin Grange is a firefighter paramedic in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is the award-winning author of Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic and Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World. He has written for Journal of Emergency Medical Services, National Parks, Backpacker, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, and the Orange County Register. He has worked as a park ranger and paramedic at Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Teton National Parks.
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