Educational Services

The following presentations and courses are available. They can be held at your location and are an affordable, low-stress pleasant learning experience. All are Power Point presentations and are on a thumb drive and/or DVD. It greatly helps if the teaching site has a computer with sound capability and projector available to hasten set-up time. 

More topics and presentations are available and others can be created. Simply ask. Due to travel times and other considerations, course prices vary and all are fairly priced. 

Certificates will be issued by ASHI from me for the CPR/AED and Basic First Aid courses and letters of attendance for others will be issued by North Woods Images, if requested. Ralph will complete and turn in required paperwork to POST (The Minnesota  Board Of Peace Officer Standards And Training) and agencies of those attending. He will also retain records and paperwork for all courses that are used for continuing education credits.

Due to variables, course lengths may need to be extended (rarely shortened) slightly to accomplish educational goals.

Please email or call for further information.

Public Safety Courses:

Wilderness First Aid – Covers techniques including sizing-up a scene, prioritizing and providing treatment to injury and illness, when and how to seek medical help, when to consider evacuation and to be creative and more – 4.0 hours – awarded 4 MN POST Board continuing education credits

Small Aircraft Rescue – Covers how to respond to a crash involving a small aircraft, how to safely approach, gain access and shut down small aircraft systems when required, legal issues and more – 4 hours – awarded 4 MN POST Board continuing education credits

Crime Scene Basics For Public Safety Personnel – Covers procedures needed to insure Fire Services and EMS Responders are safe at a crime scene and how to avoid mishandling the “chain of evidence,” create field notes, and prepare for court testimony and much more – 2.5 hours. This course is not designed for law enforcement personnel.

Photography For Public Safety Personnel – Covers the history of police photography, techniques used to photograph scenes involving vehicles, buildings, surveillance, injuries and how to store these images for future use and more – 4 hours – awarded 4 MN POST Board continuing education credits. This course contains graphic images of crime and other scenes. 

 X-Rays: An Inside Look At Injuries and Gunshot and Stab Wounds – By using X-Rays, the student is able to see “inside” a body at the damage caused by fractures, dislocations, gunshot wounds and more and why certain procedures are used to treat them. Treatment for penetrating wounds is demonstrated and practiced by students. 2 hours – awarded 2 MN POST Board continuing education credits.  This course contains graphic images of crime and other scenes.

ATV & Winching Basics: ATV Basics For Law Enforcement – Covers personal safety equipment, legal issues, maintenance, pre-operation inspection, riding techniques, winching techniques and safety and field practice – 5 hours – awarded 5 MN POST Board continuing education credits (for the field practice an area with a slight hill is preferred).

CPR/AED and Basic First Aid – This course is sponsored and students will be issued certificates by ASHI (American Safety Health Institute). This is essentially two courses in one and can be taught separately. The CPR course includes not only adult but also child and infant CPR. The CPR and First Aid combined course is usually taught over two days; CPR/AED the first and Basic First Aid the second. On occasion First Aid is taught after CPR is completed the first day if time allows to optimize time usage. Each course is individually awarded 5.0 MN POST Board continuing education credits. Taking both over two days is highly encouraged.

PFDs – Personal Flotation Devices – Discussed are needs and Minnesota laws pertaining to PFD availability, donning (wearing) types I, II, III, IV & V PFDs and advantages and disadvantages to each. All types will be shown and handled by students. 1.0 hours – Awarded 1.0 MN POST continuing education credit

Photography Courses:

Outdoor & Nature Photography: Techniques, Ethics and Equipment – Covers techniques used to capture wildlife images and how to do so ethically and examines equipment used in the process – 3 hours

Photography For Public Safety Personnel: See above under Public Safety Courses – This course includes graphic images of crime and other scenes. 

Miscellaneous Courses:

The Grand Slam of North American Bears – Covers photography, techniques, bear identification, ranges, behaviors, and how to avoid negative encounters with the four North American species of bears and what to do if they occur – 2.5 hours. Safety In Bear Country CD is shown. 

Outdoor Survival Basics – Covers how to avoid dangerous situations, what to do and how to have a positive attitude if confronted with one – Covers critical medical needs – shelter, fire, water, food, signaling, orienteering and weather recognition and much more. Survival supplies and equipment are shown – 4 hours – awarded 4 MN POST Board continuing education credits

I 35 Bridge Collapse – Covers the history of the bridge, what caused the collapse, what was being done, reconstruction and a reflective look at how lucky we were that more were not injured during the collapse and rescues – Ralph responded to this tragedy and was allowed to photograph where the Press was not – 1.5 hours

Minnesota’s Wildlife – Covers types of wildlife, why we hunt, fish and gather and a general overview of various species of wildlife germane to Minnesota – 1 hour

PFDs – Personal Flotation Devices – Please look under Public Safety Courses – above