January 14, 2005
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is accepting registrants for a 16-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course that will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10.
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.
This thorough training will show participants how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The WFA course is also 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 simulations they went through in the course.
"This type of training is very useful for our area," said Donald Eno, academic outreach coordinator. "It can be a real asset for professional guides, emergency response personnel and outdoor enthusiasts who spend time in remote areas."
Such training has become the standard for organizations like Outward Bound, the National Park Service and other outdoor recreation and educational programs. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Eno as the class tends to fill up quickly.
"We are happy to see the interest in this course, from our students and community people" said Allen Shoaff, assistant professor of public safety administration at UMFK.
Wilderness Medical Associates provides 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 of the American Heart Association.
The total cost is $223.50 (in-state tuition rate) and includes 1 hour of UMFK academic credit.
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.