About Train NEK
Train NEK offers SOLO-certifying Rural and Backcountry Medicine courses including Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and customized First Aid – helping outdoor professionals and rural enthusiasts alike more fully enjoy Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom outdoors.
Many people assume that only experts can intervene in a meaningful way during a crisis, and of course you do want experts to arrive! But wouldn’t you like to know what to do while waiting for them to get there? Having even just one day of training can drastically improve positive outcomes for yourself and your neighbors, colleagues, friends and family.
At Train NEK, we want as many people as possible to feel empowered and knowledgeable in responding to illness and injury in their rural and outdoor communities.
Train NEK was founded by Andrea Kane, Lead SOLO Instructor since 1999, to provide engaging instruction, personalized attention, and local convenience while promoting responsible use of our natural resources and collaborating with others in and around the Northeast Kingdom’s outdoor industry.
Text or Call: 802-522-0769
Email: Info at Train NEK (no space between) dot com
Mailing Address: PO Box 132, Peacham, VT 05862-0132
Andrea grew up in Sutton, Vermont three miles from Lake Willoughby and has been involved in emergency response for over two decades, from Wilderness First Responder to Emergency Medical Technician to Advanced Wilderness EMT, earning numerous certifications including Pediatric Emergency Prehospital Provider, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, and Ice Rescue Technician. She was Crew Chief and Training Coordinator for Vergennes Rescue, served on the UVM Medical Center’s ED Quality Improvement Team, and provided emergency relief around Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene and in Texas following Hurricane Ike. Since 1999, she has been a Lead Instructor at the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine teaching individuals how to respond to emergencies with limited resources. For four years as an Advanced EMT, Andrea taught EMTs through UVM’s Initiative for Rural EMS including Middlebury College’s intensive three-week-long winter term EMT courses. She was Director of Outdoor Pursuits at Simon’s Rock College, ran the UVM Adventure Ropes Course, built and paddled kayaks with youth at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, and developed and directed the Northlands Job Corps Leadership Program. She is passionate about encouraging stewardship of our natural resources, access for all to outdoor pursuits, and prepared, informed enjoyment of the outdoors. Andrea lives in Peacham with her partner and two children, where she is a Corporator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, a member of Sterling College’s Medical Advisory Board, a member of the Green Mountain Club’s Northeast Kingdom Division, and a volunteer with the Peacham Volunteer Fire Department.
Bob Giolito is the founding member of Killington Mountain Guides, LLC. He is a licensed New York State Guide for rock & ice climbing, a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor for rock climbing, a certified NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) MLPI instructor, and has completed the SOLO Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training. Bob holds certifications in A.I.A.R.E – 1 & Avalanche Rescue and is a National Registry EMT and SOLO Wilderness EMT. He is also a DPS Ski Ambassador, Revo pro, and is a Pro-Staff Skier for Basecamp Outfitters in Killington, Vermont. Bob holds a B.S. in Wilderness Based Outdoor Recreation Leadership from Unity College. Since beginning mountaineering at a young age, Bob has garnered extensive experience including climbing Wyoming’s three highest peaks in a month, accomplishing multiple first ascents, and taking trips across the United States including the Grand Canyon, Red Rocks, Absaroka Range, and Acadia National Park. Bob instructed Extra Technical Mountaineering Courses for the Colorado Outward Bound School, worked as a professional Killington Ski Patroller, and spent 10 years as a State Trooper on the State Police Search and Rescue Team, with 7 years assigned to the Canine Unit. In 2008, he received “Canine Tracking Team of the Year ” with K9 Mitch from the Vermont Police Canine Association. Bob was awarded a Life Saving Award from former Vermont Governor Jim Douglas for pulling a woman to safety from a burning car. Bob co-founded Killington Search and Rescue, a volunteer search and rescue team based out of Killington, Vermont. He is an all-around great guy and a pleasure to work with.