In the event of a serious medical emergency, air-lift to the closest major hospital can be arranged, with approval from a competitor’s insurance company. The Air Greenland helicopter is based at Constable Point airport and in the case of an emergency, Ittoqqortoormiit hospital is within 15 minutes flying time of the event route, equipped to deal with most accidents, illnesses and traumas occurring within the region. A doctor and nurse are permanently based at this hospital and would deal with any medical conditions occurring before, during or after the event whilst competitors are in Greenland.
We have an official event medic, Owen Samuel. Owen is a paramedic and IFMGA Mountain Guide. Event Director Paul Walker has a certificate in Advanced Wilderness Medicine. Safety Consultant and Head Snowmobile Guide Scott Webster is trained in wilderness medicine through the British Antarctic Survey. Scott is also an advanced first aider through the British Association of Ski Patrollers and a Wilderness First Responder with WEMSI-International. The Snow Dragons team are trained in Outdoor Emergency First Aid. Event doctors and local medics are supported by remote assistance from Dr Jon Dallimore in the UK, who has been Tangent Expeditions’ medical adviser for the last 10 years.