PUBLISHED: 5:09 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2007
SEARHC offers two ETT classes on Prince of Wales
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services Department and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service are teaming up to offer two reduced-cost Emergency Trauma Technician classes on Prince of Wales Island in August.

Students taking these classes will will learn basic life support skills and they will earn their ETT certificate from the State of Alaska. Typically these classes cost about $350, plus books and certificate fees, but the cost for this class is $100 (plus about $30 more for books and certificates). Checks should be made out to "SEARHC EMS." All participants must be at least 14- years old and have a current or recent CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certificate. Each class is limited to 14 students.

"By taking this class and earning an ETT certificate, people will learn a valuable skill that benefits their community and might save a life," said SEARHC EMS Youth Program Coordinator Bill Winslow, who will teach the two courses.

The first class is for adults and it will take place in Thorne Bay from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9-10; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19. Thorne Bay EMS squad will pick up the $100 fee (plus books and certificates) for its squad members taking the class.

The second class is geared toward youth (ages 14-18) who will be participating in the Prince of Wales Youth First Responders team that is just starting up in Klawock and Craig. This class will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, Aug. 13-18, at a location in Klawock or Craig to be announced. Youth and adult volunteers who plan to participate on the POWYFR team will have their class fees covered by the program, but youth who aren't participating on the team will have to pay the $100 (plus books and certificates).

For more information, contact Bill Winslow in Sitka at 966-8844 or by e-mail at Students can also contact Karen Peterson of the UAF Cooperative Extension Program at 828-3207 or POWYFR Coordinator Chaundell Piburn at 965-2534.