Wilderness First Aid Certification
When we plan for a regular day of work or play, our plans do not often include accidents or the need to treat injuries or illnesses. As we work or play in places where it becomes more difficult to access 911 or hospital care, it is important to know how to appropriately respond in an emergency in order to keep both you and the injured person safe until additional resources, if necessary, can be summoned. The 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course is designed to prepare you to respond to medical emergencies, treat injuries and illnesses, and improvise solutions with the items you carry.
WFA courses are designed to meet the needs of individuals who are responsible for the medical care of others in a wilderness setting, people who work in remote settings, and recreationalists who want to be prepared in the case of an emergency. The course is also for medical professionals seeking ways to apply their skills outside of the clinic setting, as well as people who live in areas that are prone to natural disasters whose aftermath may delay emergency response.
Topics in the 16-hour class include: patient assessment, how to provide long-term care with limited resources, the decision of when to call for more help, and treatments such as splinting, wound care and managing spine injuries. The course schedule includes classroom time, as well as extensive hands-on skills practice through medical scenarios and labs.