The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a 16-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.
The instructors are Percy Thibeault EMT/Paramedic and Donald Eno, registered Maine guide. The course is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 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.
Topics that will be covered include: first aid; patient assessment; splints and carries; wound care; environmental injuries; trauma; CPR; bone/muscle injuries and blood borne pathogens.
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.
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. The course is open to the public and you do not have to be a student to attend.
“We are very pleased to see the interests in this course, from our students and community,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, UMFK assistant professor and program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice programs.
The training will provide a certificate in Wilderness First Aid for those who successfully complete the course. The class provides CPR certification, basic first aid certification and also provides an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.
The total cost is approximately $311 (in-state tuition rate) and includes one hour of UMFK academic credit. Lunch also will be provided and is included in the course fee.
To register, contact the UMFK Registrar’s Office at 207-834-7520 or toll-free at 1-888-879-8635. If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact Professor Dr.Tony Enerva at 207-834-7566.