Friday, August 9, 2013
Cuyahoga Valley NP Week 11
I started and ended this week with a 'Safe is Sound' Safety Stop. A couple Trailblazers and I set up at Lock 29, a popular entrance to the Towpath. We had stickers and pamphlets to talk about safety, especially for bikers. Both days were weekend days, and the weather was nice so a lot of people were out. On days like these it is always very busy with hikers, runners, bikers, and people just going for a leisurely stroll. The towpath becomes very busy, and especially at the trailheads. We set up right along Lock 29 to talk to people as they came on the Towpath. We reminded bikers about courtesy and informing someone if you are passing; we reminded people on foot to watch out for bikers and others, and many other basic safety steps everyone can take to try to make the Towpath just a little more safe. We handed out stickers to kids and reminded them about being safe, and the importance of helmets.
I got a chance to do a ride along with Ranger Donathan again. That evening a concert was going on at the local music center. A large amount of traffic was coming in, so we were watching traffic to make sure everything was going alright. We started following a vehicle and running its tag because it failed to stop at a stop sign when we saw a car on the side of the road. We pulled over to do a welfare check, and turns out it was underage adults drinking, and they had been driving. I got to watch Donathan perform a Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and use the breathalyzer. They were all issued with possession of alcohol.
When I was back with Ranger Stell, he went over handcuffs with me. We talked about how to load them up in your carrier, and taking them out so they are positioned in the most efficient way. I got to work on them and get a feel for them and locking them. Then a good friend of the Rangers- Handcuff Man came out to help. I got a chance to learn about the handcuffing techniques from standing, kneeling, and prone. Depended on which position the person you are handcuffing is in, you want to be in your best spot to remain in control. Body position and movement and placement are very important and I got to go through the motions so I have a basic idea on how it is done. I learned other important concepts like keeping a distance away from the person until ready with the handcuffs, the bigger the threat the lower they go on the ground, and more. It was a great basic lesson and very important because I will need this for my career.