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Wilderness First Responder offered at UMFK

February 26, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is accepting registrants for a 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course that will be offered from May 15 through 23.

This nine day course is the industry standard for outdoor professionals, and is a logical next step for those that have already taken traditional first aid courses.

Instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates, leaders in the field of wilderness medical training, will provide instruction. Classes, lasting from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., are fun but fast-paced and intense, with an emphasis on practical skills.

Morning sessions are devoted to lectures and exams. Afternoon sessions are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. A number of realistic rescue simulations will be conducted.

This thorough training will show participants how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The WFR course is recommended for outdoor professionals, such as registered guides and park rangers, as well as outdoor enthusiasts who lead adventure trips or volunteer for outdoor events and are in the backcountry for extended periods.

"Our campus has been offering the Wilderness First Aid and Search and Rescue Fundamentals courses for a few years now" said Don Eno, coordinator of distance education and academic outreach. "So the logical next step was to offer this Wilderness First Responder course. It is a great fit with our Rural Public Safety program and with all of the outdoor recreation opportunities in northern Maine."

Eno anticipates the course to draw not just UMFK students, but recreation professionals and others from the surrounding region. Housing options are available for those attending.

Wilderness Medical Associates provides a three year certification in Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Basic Life Support (CPR) to those who successfully complete the course. Certification is also valid in Canada.

This course has been approved by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) for 72 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

The Maine Emergency Medical Services has approved the following CEH hours: 16 hours Category 1; 35 hours Category 2 and 21 hours Category 3. It also meets or exceeds all requirements of other similarly named courses, such as DOT First Responder.

The total cost is $549 (in-state tuition rate) and includes 3 hours of UMFK academic credit. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 6. No refunds after Monday, April 10.

For more course information or to register, call Eno in UMFK's academic outreach office at 834-7835 or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK.