January 9, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent is offering a 16-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. Two sessions are being offered; one on Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18 and the other on April 24 and 25. Persons may sign up for either session, depending upon availability of space.
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 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 Emergency Medical Technician.
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. This 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 Allen Shoaff, assistant professor of public safety administration at UMFK.
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 the certification from the American Heart Association.
The total cost is $199.50 (in-state tuition rate) and includes 1 hour of UMFK academic credit. Registration deadline is February 2.
For more course information or to register, call Eno in UMFK's Academic Outreach Department at 834-7835 or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK