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Wilderness EMT offered at UMFK

May 16, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will offer a hands-on Wilderness EMT Upgrade course from Sunday, July 15 through Thursday, July 19.

The five-day course is designed for practicing EMTs and paramedics, as well as physicians and outdoor professionals. Instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates, leaders in the field of wilderness medical training, will provide instruction.

Classes will run from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and are fun, but fast-paced and intense, with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted to lectures and exams. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and rescue simulations. Students can expect realistic rescue simulations.

"Our campus has been offering the Wilderness First Aid and Search and Rescue Fundamentals courses for a few years now," said Don Eno, the University's coordinator of academic outreach. "We wanted to expand and target those in the EMS professions, such as paramedics and EMTs. This specialized training is ideal for rural areas like ours."

The program will upgrade state EMT certification to Wilderness EMT. The course helps EMS personnel understand remote medicine with improvised equipment in remote environments, as well as learning the wilderness protocols. Students will learn a body-systems approach to medicine and will better understand illness and injury over long periods of time.

Wilderness Medical Associates provides a three-year certification to those who successfully complete the course. Forty-five hours of Continuous Education Hours (CEHs) are available from Maine Emergency Medical Services and 45 Advanced Level Continuous Education Units (CEUs) from the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services.

The total cost for the program is approximately $589 (in-state tuition rate) and includes 3 hours of UMFK academic credit. The deadline is Friday, June 8. There will be no refunds after Friday, June 15. Housing is available on the UMFK campus for an additional cost.

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.