Story last updated at 4/22/2009 - 10:59 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course May 2-9 at the SEARHC Community Health Services building first-floor conference room in Sitka.
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course includes a national certification through Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) that lasts for three years. The courses are useful for anybody who spends a great deal of time in the Alaska outdoors. Some emergency medical services units, guide services and search and rescue squads require the Wilderness First Responder course for employees or volunteers, and some organizations have been known to pick up all or part of the tuition for their students.
The course takes place over 72 hours on eight days. Class times are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch. No prior experience is required for the class, which provides a three-year WMA certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. Also available is a State of Alaska Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification, which is required for many ambulance, fire department and similar emergency services jobs around the state.
The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24, and classes are open to all Southeast Alaska adult residents. The course costs $375, which includes all books and materials. There is a limit of 18 students, and students must be at least 18 years old to receive WMA certification. Students should bring clothing suitable for wearing while working outside, but medical equipment will be supplied.
"The emphasis is on hands-on learning, both in the classroom and outside," said SEARHC EMS Coordinator Mike Motti.
For more information, contact Mike Motti at 966-8771 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact SEARHC EMS/WFR Instructor Eric Van Cise at 966-8769 or email@example.com. For a more detailed course description and information about the WFR certification process, visit www.wildmed.com.