March 16, 2011
2010 Grand Teton Lightning Rescue
National Park Service - 2011 Emergency Services Workshop

Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
Tulsa, OK

National Park Service

Emergency Services Workshop – Success through Synergy

Tulsa, OK

March 15-18, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – 9:15-10 am

Will Smith, MD, EMT-P, FAWM and AJ Wheeler, MD, FACEP, FAWM

2010 Grand Teton Lightning Rescue


On July 21st of 2010 three parties of climbers were struck by lightning near the summit of the Grand Teton.  The ensuing rescue was the largest single rescue effort in Grand Teton National Park history.  The incident involved 17 patients and considerable resources.  As Medical Advisors for Grand Teton National Park, Drs. Smith and Wheeler provided on-scene medical oversight and assisted with the rescue operations.  They will share their experience from working a Mass Causality Incident in a technical wilderness setting and the treatment of lightning injuries.


1. Discuss medical oversight of wilderness and rescue medicine

2. Understand the rescue response to a wilderness Mass Causality Incident

3. Review the spectrum of disease caused by lightning

Lecture Notes:2011_NPS _GTNP_Lightening_SAR_slides.pdf