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Wilderness and Remote First Aid

This 2-day WRFA course emphasizes experiential learning and major portions of the course are taught in outdoor settings

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Wilderness and Remote First Aid is appropriate for audiences who participate in outdoor recreational activities, youth organizations like Boy Scouts and for people who work in wilderness or remote settings where emergency medical services (EMS) response is more than 1 hour away. This is a two day, 16 hour class! Must be at least 14 years old to participate.

**Prerequisite: Current Adult CPR/AED certification, also available through Pinelands Adventures.

Taught by Robert Laucks, EMT, the WRFA course emphasizes experiential learning and major portions of the course are taught in outdoor settings. This course will provide you with a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas and situations that do not have immediate medical services (EMS), such as wilderness areas or remote environments. You will develop leadership skills, learn to work as a team, and learn to prevent, plan for and respond to emergencies. At the end of the course you will be certified in American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid for two years.

**Topics include:**

– Primary and Secondary Assessments
– Head/Brain, Neck and Spinal Injuries
– Heat-Related Emergencies
– Hypothermia
– Altitude-Related Illnesses
– Allergies and Anaphylaxis
– Burns
– Bone and Joint Injuries
– Wounds and Wound Infection

Course length: 16 hours (Two, 8 hour days)

In Detail

The primary purpose of the Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is to provide individuals a foundation of first aid knowledge and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response, such as wilderness and remote environments. In this course you will also develop leadership skills and learn how to help prevent, plan for and respond to emergencies.

Successful course completion requires participation in all course activities and skill sessions. Some practice sessions may require strenuous physical activity, including walking uphill or on uneven terrain. Please wear layers of comfortable clothing appropriate for all weather conditions. You are encouraged to check with your health care provider before participating in the skill sessions of this course. If you need any accommodations or modifications or if you have any questions regarding your ability to participate fully in this course, please contact your course instructor or Red Cross chapter before the course begins.

It is suggested that you bring with you any supplies you would normally have on hand for either a day hike or a backpacking trip (or other setting based on audience) to best replicate the equipment that you may be required to use in an emergency situation. These supplies may include, but are not limited to, a day pack or backpack, a tent and ground cloth/tarp, a sleeping bag, a foam sleeping pad and especially, your personal first aid kit.

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