Be Ready for What ever Happens
Current issues and topics that are relevant to the classes we teach
When I started thinking about doing this, I knew I wanted to teach Wilderness Medicine. But I also wanted to be able to grow into related pursuits as well.
One thing I thought we might do one day is contracting services out to expeditions and the like to accompany them and provide medical back up. I also thought we might use our knowledge of planning for medical emergencies to help groups like churches, civic groups, schools, scout troops and others.
As I thought about the three aspects- training, planning and supporting expeditions- I came up with Training Planning Support. TPS just did not have a ring to it.
While pondering the name, I was also thinking about a logo.
Since the backbone of my business plan was medical (the survival and navigation aspects came later), having the staff of Asclepius in our logo seemed like a good idea. But I never liked the REAL staff (one snake- just looks unbalanced to me) as much as the one often used, which is really the staff of Hermes (two snakes, you gotta love symmetry!)
But I knew we would go into non-medical aspects at some point, too. I needed something that symbolized strength and action. So I exchanged the staff for a sword. The wings just look cool to me, so I left them. Maybe I should have made up a better story, like the wings symbolize that we will go anywhere!
Now, back to the name. With a sword in the logo, and me having a military bent, I decided that we should "support operations", a military-type term for enacting a plan, and we would not just "provide medical back up". Now we have Operational Support, and the name came together.
TRaIning PLanning OPerational Support: Triple Ops. Yeah, I had to stick an extra "e" in there to make it work, but what the heck?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
P.S. Yes, I am of Irish decent.