Educational Services

The following presentations and courses are available. They can be held at your location and are an affordable, low-stress and 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 by Ralph 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 – Course content includes but is not limited to: Introduction to first aid, wilderness and first aid defined, calling for help, first things first, victim assessment and priorities, CPR (briefly discussed – A CPR course is STRONG encouraged), Bleeding and shock, bone and joint injuries, specific injuries (head, facial, eye, chest, burns, embedded objects, and dental emergencies), circulatory, respiratory, neurological, abdominal and environmental emergencies, bites and sting, poisons and toxins, water, ice and lightning emergencies, SCUBA emergencies, evacuation considerations, first aid kits and suggested reading and how to be creative. – 4.0 hours – awarded 4 MN POST Board continuing education credits

Small Aircraft Rescue – Includes but is not limited to:  Statistics,  upon receiving the call, approaching the scene and aircraft, aircraft “anatomy,” gaining access to victims and aircraft controls, how to shutdown fuel and electrical controls, reporting procedures and who to contact, legal issues and much 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 Responding personnel are safe at a crime scene. This course 3 hour course is not designed for law enforcement personnel. Course content includes but it not limited to: crime scene defined, potential crime scenes, upon receiving the call and en route, Upon arrival at a crime scene, approaching the scene, weapons, suspected sexual and child abuse cases, drug lab recognition and hazards, dope grows, protecting yourself, mandated reporting, evidence and chain of evidence, other legal issues, death scene calls, when off-duty, after the all and if subpoenaed into court.

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.  Course content includes but is not limited to: Photography defined, History of police photography, cameras, lenses and other accessories, film and photography, digital imaging, photography basics, scene evidence photography (purposes, admissibility and techniques), surveillance photography, video, equipment maintenance, record keeping and storage of images. 

 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 infant, child and and adult CPR and airway obstruction procedures. The First Aid course includes but is not limited to: Scene safety, primary and secondary surveys, control of bleeding, shock, amputations, impaled objects, eye, chest, abdominal, head, neck and back injuries, burns, nosebleeds, dental emergencies, altered mental status (fainting, stroke, hypoglycemia, and seizures), chest pain, poisoning, abdominal pain, heat and cold emergencies, stinging insects, snake and human bites and emotional considerations. 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 started following CPR if time allows and and competed on day two to optimize time usage. Each course is individually awarded 5.0 MN POST Board continuing education credits. Attend both courses and students are awarded 10.0 MN POST continuing education credits. Taking both over two days is highly encouraged. Books and certificates need to be ordered so a week’s notice is appreciated. 

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