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Old 01-20-2023, 4:19 PM
BigBlueBoy BigBlueBoy is offline
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Default Emergency Medical Services Near BLM Panoche / Tumey Hills

Hello - This post is intended to prepare myself & the folks I take out to Panoche BLM this coming Presidents Day long weekend...This will be my first trip to a BLM!

Although I always carry to ranges a fully stocked trauma kit (36 pieces) & trained to use it from my "former" life, I'd like to know how folks using BLM Panoche or Tumey Hills would react if there was a medical emergency.

1. Is there good/decent cell reception to call 911? If there is cell reception, would you just wait for these services to arrive at your location? (seems like a risky option - many things could go wrong)

2. What's the closest Hospital w/ Emergency services? Based on google maps/search, the Memorial Hospital in Los Banos seems to be the closest. Is there a closer hospital that I overlooked?

Memorial Hospital Los Banos
520 W I St, Los Banos, CA 93635

Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-23-2023, 1:29 PM
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Just went this past weekend.

Def no Cell phone service out there. At least with T-mobile. The further you go back the worse it gets too. Maybe invest in a some kind of Radio, like a baofeng or something.

Either way its a fun time. clean up after yourself and have a great time!
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Old 01-23-2023, 11:58 PM
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Can't speak for Panoche Hills, but as someone who travels to BLMs often, operate as if there is no EMS/easy exfil. It will be hard to get cell reception, let alone pin point your exact location to first responders.

I travel to out-of-state BLMs and cell reception can be spotty (even with Verizon). Don't keep your head buried in your phone and keep situational awareness of 1 click out in all directions.

Your best bet is to keep situational awareness of your surroundings, carry enough TQs for each person in you party, and bring a well-stocked trauma kit for when SHTF. Be safe, have fun, and make sure to pack out more than you brought in!
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