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Wilderness First Aid offered at UMFK

February 4, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is offering a 16-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5.              

The instructors are from Wilderness Medical Associates, leaders in the field of wilderness medical training.  The course is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The classes are fun, but fast-paced and intense, with an emphasis on practical skills.            

The instructors will show participants how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles away from help. The WFA course also is a good first step towards more advanced wilderness medicine certifications, like Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT.             

A number of realistic simulations, complete with simulated wounds, will be conducted.  Past students commonly say “real-life rescues” feel just like the simulations they experienced in class.              

“This type of training is very useful for our area,” said Donald Eno, UMFK academic outreach coordinator. “It can be a real asset for professional guides, emergency response personnel and outdoor enthusiasts who spend time in remote areas.”              

 The training offered has become the standard for organizations like Outward Bound, the National Park Service and other outdoor recreation and educational programs. The class tends to fill up quickly, so call today.            

“We are happy to see the interest in this course, from our students and community people,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, UMFK assistant professor and program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice programs.            

Wilderness Medical Associates provide a three-year certification in Wilderness First Aid for those who successfully complete the course. The class also provides CPR certification, which is equivalent to that offered through the American Heart Association.            

The total cost is approximately $280 (in-state tuition rate) and includes one hour of UMFK academic credit.               

To register, contact the UMFK Registrar’s Office at 207-834-7520 or toll-free at 1-888-879-8635.