January 15, 2008
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a 16-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6.
The instructors are from Wilderness Medical Associates, leaders in the field of wilderness medical training. The course will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The classes will be fun, but fast-paced and intense, with an emphasis on practical skills.
The training is thorough, and the instructors will show the participants how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help. The WFA course also is a good first step towards more advanced wilderness medicine certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT.
A number of realistic simulations, complete with simulated wounds, will be conducted. Former 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.”
“We are happy to see the interest in this course from our students and community people,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, assistant professor and program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice programs.
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.
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 the American Heart Association.
The total cost is approximately $265 (in-state tuition rate) which includes one hour of UMFK academic credit.
For more information on the course or to register, call Eno at 207- 834-7835 or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK.