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Wilderness First Aid

March 5, 2022 @ 8:00 am March 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care of a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available.  We will focus on how to assess, treat, and when possible, prevent medical emergencies.  This course will emphasize basic life support, making good patient evacuation decisions, and injury/illness stabilization beyond basic first aid.

You will receive a WFA/CPR certification good for two years.

$100 Registration will open in December, 2021

Camp Westmoreland

596 Westmoreland Rd
Florance, Alabama 35634 United States
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Course Size Limit: 20

Minimum age: 16

Lodging and Food: Students are on their own for lodging and food.  You can camp at Camp Westmoreland, car camping style, near the dinning facility. Course staff will be at Camp Westmorland by 5pm on Friday evening.

Please bring a sack lunch for Saturday and Sunday as there will not be time to leave and get food during class.

Schedule

Saturday, 5 MAR 22

  • 7am: Check-in
  • 8am: Class starts
  • Trauma care and CPR
  • Scenario 1
  • 12pm: Lunch.
  • 1pm: Class starts
  • Continue trauma care
  • Scenario 2
  • 5pm: Class ends

Sunday, 6 MAR 22

  • 8am: Class starts
  • Scenario 3
  • Non-trauma care and wound management
  • 12pm: Lunch.
  • 1pm: Class starts
  • Environmental injuries
  • Scenario 4
  • 4pm: Written test
  • 5pm: Graduation

Be Prepared: This course is primarily taught outside, rain or shine.  Please be prepared for the weather and to take notes outdoors.  We will be in a classroom for a portion of the class.

Clothing:  Wear clothing you can get dirty and would be ok to get “blood” or grease paint splattered on.  The scenarios are taught using theatrical makeup to enhance realism.

Gear: Students should bring a daypack with food, water, rain gear, and other items you feel are needed to be out in the woods for several hours at a time.  All first aid equipment needed for the scenarios is provided.

Scenarios: Please treat the scenarios seriously and act like you would during a real emergency.  The scenarios are run in real time and take about 2 hours each.  The scenarios are designed to be a bit stressful and feature extensive use of wound makeup.  Scenarios work much better with volunteer “victims.” The best victims are kids between 11-17 who don’t mind playing along, getting blood all over them, and generally acting like drama queens.  If you can bring along a victim or two for one day or both it is greatly appreciated.