The Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers recently received an automatic external defibrillator (AED) through a grant from ConocoPhillips. The new lifesaving device is one of several steps the club is taking to keep the area safe.
“You never know what’s going to happen and where,” said Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers club president Kathy Lopeman.
The device will be placed at Freddie’s Roadhouse, the hub of activity in the popular riding destination on the Kenai Peninsula.
Club members received training on the device and met with members of the Ninilchik EMS to learn some first-aid basics.
“One of our main goals is safety,” said Lopeman, a retired nurse. “It’s not just playing around and riding and grooming trails, we’re out there for safety.”
Lopeman said you never know when an accident can occur. Most people think it’s only aggressive riders who are at risk, but Lopeman said the reality is often different: “Even the ones who aren’t wild and crazy sometimes get hurt.”