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FIRST RESPONDERS TREK FOR HEALTH

is a Registered Not-for-Profit Organisation founded in 2019

by Emergency Service Personnel.

Our focus is the Mental and Physical Wellbeing of First Responders

and Front-Line Workers.

Realised by way of facilitation and encouragement in the participation of outdoor activities primarily consisting of but not limited to Hiking in a Wilderness environment.

 Presently working with currently serving members we are also developing a program to include retired personnel. 

Our objectives are to develop programs within environmental parameters conducive to attaining and perpetuating a

 Robust Mental Health as well as achievable levels of Physical Fitness.

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with people from various backgrounds.

Build a sense of belonging and self-worth.

Provide and receive support.

Be physically active.

Set goals and challenges as well as working towards achieving them.

Learn new skills.

Use the opportunity to share their positive experiences with others.

Use the overall experience to build on self-confidence and self-esteem.

As well as discovering the unbounded beauty and serenity

the wilderness has to offer. 

 

Presently we are facilitating a number of activities on an annual basis, as well as collaborating on a number of developed Programs.

The implementation of these activities and programs are dependent upon a number of factors which include but are not limited to

Participant availability and Enviromental Factors.

 

OUR MAIN PRIORITIES ARE:

Everyone's Safety,

Our Mental and Physical Wellbeing.

 The Preservation of the Wilderness.

As well as raising awareness regarding

 the deep association between ourselves and the Natural environment.

 


 

"You are never too old to set another goal

or to dream a new dream"

                                                       

Malala Yousafzai

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES (EVENTS)

Facilitated by First Responders Trek For Health

*In late August 2023, we will set out to snowshoe Mount Feathertop and the associated area in the Victorian Alpine National Park.

 This will be a 2-day 1-night event, we will camp at Federation Hut for the one-night, Participant numbers will be limited to six.

This particular event will be facilitated on an annual basis.

 

*Late November 2023 will see us undertake our most comprehensive trek to date.

 We are currently in the early planning stages of a trek into the

 Tasmanian wilderness namely the "South Coast Track".

 Situated in the Southwest National Park, it is an intrinsic part of the Tasmanian World   Heritage Wilderness area incorporating one of the largest temperate wilderness   regions on our planet.

 This will primarily be a multi-agency 8–9-day fully self-reliant, physically and mentally   demanding excursion into a pristine area of Tasmania and one of the last treks of its   kind in Australia.

 Group Numbers will be kept to a maximum of eight to help preserve the integrity of the

 natural wilderness.

 Participants will fly from Melbourne to Hobart where we will connect with a chartered   flight from Cambridge Aerodrome with Par Avion and get dropped off at a remote   airstrip at Melaleuca.

 We will trek through native forests, across expansive button grass plains,

 mountain ranges, river crossings and coastal areas, finishing at Cockles Creek.

 This area is also home to the endangered Orange Bellied Parot, one of the world's   rarest bird species with approximately only 50 left in the wild.

 Note: Dates and an "Expression of Interest" will be published later in the year. 

Leave No Trace
Current Programs
A Million Miles for Mental Health

The Concept

Leave No Trace

"A Million Miles for Mental Health" is an all-inclusive program designed for the inclusion of the broader population by way of group or individual participation.

Designed to promote awareness of the benefits in maintaining a healthy Mental and Physical state of Wellbeing, as well as encouraging participation in activities conducive to attaining those same objectives.

Accrued Miles [kms] by way of trekking, walking or assisted mobility devices are donated towards the overall target, "A Million Miles".

How do I donate my kms? ... e​mail:  firstresponderstfh@gmail.com    with

*Names of Participants.

*Accrued kms (Based on individual totals, kms travelled x number of group members) *Start and Finish points.

*Dates Undertaken.

Participants will receive a digital "Certificate of Appreciation" upon receipt of kms travelled.

You will also:

*Contribute to your own wellbeing.

*Raise awareness of the many benefits of developing and sustaining a healthy Mental and Physical state.

*Experience the tranquility and beauty of our great outdoors.

 

NOTE: It is essential that when intending to participate in any single or multi day trek, that "Experience" in relation to the following be considered:

 

*Grading of the proposed Route, track grades are part of the Australian Walking Track Grading System (AWTGS). and should be implemented for all participating group members.

Grade 1: No bushwalking experience required, flat to even surface with no steps or steep sections, suitable for assisted wheelchair users.

Grade 2: No bush walking experience required, a hardened or compacted surface which may have gentle hill sections or occasional steps, with walks up to 10km.

Grade 3: Suitable for most ages and fitness levels, tracks may have short steep sections, a rough surface and many steps, walks up to 20km.

Grade 4: Bush walking experience recommended, tracks may be long, rough and very steep, directional signage may be limited. 

Grade 5: Very Experienced bushwalkers with specialised skills, including navigation and emergency first aid.

 

*Appropriate equipment and clothing are used.

*Adequate food is taken.

*Weather conditions are taken into consideration.

*Navigational skills be taken into consideration.

*The Inclusion of PLBs (Personal Location Beacons) in equipment.

*The implementation of "Trip Intention Forms", (Safety is everyone's main priority).

Forms can be found on the following websites.

Victoria Police

https://www.police.vic.gov.au/outdoor-and-bush-safety

Parks Victoria

https://www.parks.vic.gov.au

Information and latest updates on Park conditions and closures can also be found on the Parks Victoria website.

Minimal Impact Bushwalking can be found on Parks Victoria website and below

https://bushwalkingmanual.org.au/environment/minimal/-impact-bushwalking/

Information on How to Plan for a one or multi day trek can also be found on the above sites as well as a number of online hiking sites.

 

 

SO, WHAT DOES A MILLION MILES EQUATE TO?

1,609,344 km,

The equatorial circumference of the earth is 24,901 miles or............

40,075 kms (give an inch or two), so we are going to circumnavigate the earth 40.5 times.

                                                     

Running Total

3460 kms

2150 miles

THE CONCEPT

Developed to support the Movember initiative, the concept is also inclusive of the initiatives and programs of First Responders Trek For Health.

Participants can take part in one or a combination of the following.

EVENTS

*A November trek. (see above "NOTE" regarding planning)..............................

*Grow a Mo

*Donate

*Sponsorship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much is a mile long Mo?

The average length of Mo hair grown in a day is 0.4mm

0.28mm in seven days

12mm in thirty days

1 mile =

1.609 km =

1609 meters =

160900 cm =

1,609,000 mm=

134,084 participants to grow a "Mile Long Mo" during the month of November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Participate

INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN "THE MILE LONG MO"

Email: firstresponderstfh@gmail.com

with

Name, Contact Details and Event type.

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      the true

WILDERNESS

experience is

one, not of

ESCAPING,

but of

FINDING

one's self.

Howard Zanhniser

Foggy Lake
Testimonials

The four days and three nights spent trekking the Victorian Alps

with four fellow Emergency Service Personnel was for me

an unforgettable experience.

It had been a mentally challenging and exhaustive year, when responding to a higher-than-normal number of critical incidents.

The time spent out in the Wilderness was to prove

to be an integral part of my recuperation.

The camaraderie exhibited by all certainly contributed to the wonderful adventure experienced by us all.

I learnt some new skills in Map and Compass navigation

as well as taking some of the most stunning photos I have ever captured.

It was at times an arduous trek, mentally and physically demanding.

But I returned with new friendships forged and a real sense of 

feeling Physically and Mentally refreshed.

I am very much looking forward to getting back out into the wilderness and reliving the experience.

 Rae

 

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Event Application

PARTICIPATION

All participants who take part in any trek facilitated by

First Responders Trek For Health

Must be able to provide proof of 

Ambulance Victoria membership

As well as complete all relevant fields on the Victoria Police

Trip Intentions Form.

All treks are tailored toward participants experience and fitness.

Open Events

VICTORIA: Alpine National Park

Snowshoeing Mount Feathertop

25th-26th August 2023

Annual Event

TASMANIA: South Coast Track

Dates to be finalised

Apply Here

Email: Name, Age, previous hiking experience and the Event you are interested in participating in to........

"Of all the paths you take in life

make sure a few of them are dirt"

Thank you for Applying    

We will be in touch regarding your application.

John Muir

EQUIPMENT

                     FIRST RESPONDERS TREK FOR HEALTH

maintains an equipment cache, it is potentially used for participants who for various reasons do not have all or any of the required gear to take part in any particular event.

Equipment is lent free of any charge for the duration of the trek on the understanding that it is properly maintained and cleaned when finished with. 

Assistance can be given in developing an appropriate equipment and suitable clothing list for any prospective event organised by

First Responders Trek for Health.

Personal items such as Boots, Socks, and other items of appropriate clothing are the responsibility of the participant.

Leave No Trace
Camping in Mountains
Volunteer with us

Positions Available

Apply Here

" There is no better exercise for your heart

than reaching down and helping to lift someone up"

Email: Name, Age and position you are applying for to..........

Bernard Meltzer 

Thank you for Applying

We will be in touch regarding your application

Donations and Sponsorship

Sponsorship

Sponsorships are an intrinsic part of our planned activities and events programs

and are greatly appreciated.

"Event" and "Individual" Sponsorship

opportunities will be listed below as they become available

(Sponsorship is made through the Donate Button)

Sponsor an Event

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Donations are greatly appreciated and are used for :

*Managing and Administration costs

*Purchasing of Equipment

*Financial support for individuals participating in our organised events 

*Associated costs with the implementation of planned events and activities

Sponsor an Individual

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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions
Answers

 

Are my donations tax deductible............................................

Donations are not tax deductible at this time

 

What equipment do I need to participate in a trek.................

 

 

Equipment list's are dependent on, Weather conditions,

type of Terrain and Number of days spent on the trek.

A recommended equipment list can be provided

upon request.

 

 

 

What and how much food do I need to take on a trek.............

Types of food and quantity's are based on individual preference as well as recommended requirements,   and the number of days spent on the trek.

Assistance will be provided for food planning 

upon request. 

 

What clothing do I need to bring on a trek...............................

 

A clothing and footwear list is dependent on a number of factors including weather, terrain

and duration of the trek.

Assistance will be provided for a list of suitable

attire upon request.

 

How many events do you conduct in a year.............................

Our current expectation is that we will facilitate

 10 to 12 events a year dependent on participant numbers and environmental factors.

Queries can be directed to: firstresponderstfh@gmail.com

Acknowledgements

FIRST RESPONDERS TREK FOR HEALTH

 Sincerely Thanks the following Businesses, Organisations, Groups and Agencies for their Generosity, Support, Assistance and                                                                                                       Shared Knowledge

Macpac

 

 

Anaconda 

 

 

 

Mountain Creek Outdoors (Hobart)

Emergency Services Foundation

 

Mapworks

 

 

 

Johny Appleseed

Beyond Wild Places

 

 

Trail Hiking Australia

 

MSR The Summit Register

Outdoor Gear Lab

 

Wildearth

 

 

Rei Co-Op

 

Snowys Outdoors

 

Moosejaw.com

Parks Victoria

Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service

University of Tasmania

Tasmanian SES

Australian Geographic

 

Snowsafe.org.au

Camera house

 

National hiking Blogs 

 

Facebook hiking groups

Bogong

Midland Express

GALLERY PHOTOS: Are kindly contributed by event participants.

References

Research, Program Evaluations, Surveys

American Psychological Association Feature: Nurtured by Nature

https://www.apa.org./monitor/2020/04/nurtured-nature

 

Lighthouse Health + Wellness: Benefits of Hiking for First Responders           

 

The Forest Bathing Institute

https://+fb.institute/scientific-research/

 

Forest Bathing: a narrative review of the effects on health for outdoor and environmental education use in Canada

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