June 04, 2020
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Wilderness First Aid training and First Responder recertification training to be offered

Community Author: Debora Rountree
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Katahdin Higher Education Center | Contributed
Katahdin Higher Education Center | Contributed

EAST MILLINOCKET — Wilderness First Aid course and Wilderness First Responder Recertification course will be offered in May at the Katahdin Region, at the Katahdin Higher Education Center of Eastern Maine Community College and UMA, 1 Dirigo Drive. The courses are open to the public.

You will develop good assessment and scene leadership skills and further your risk-benefit decision-making skills. You will learn to understand real shock and how to safely move spine injured patients. You will be able to treat ugly wounds and broken bones with greater confidence. Students in this course learn to administer epinephrine for victims with severe airway constrictions. You will be able to recognize situations you can manage alone and know when you need to get help.

This program is designed for the person who frequently travels in the back-country with friends or in small groups and who is seeking a basic level of competency in first aid. It is an introduction to the broad concepts of rendering care in a remote setting. The course includes Adult CPR and training in the use of epinephrine for allergic reactions. You can expect the course to be fairly intensive and to cover the most important aspects of wilderness medicine such as leadership, patient assessment and basic care. The course will be very experiential with lots of opportunity to practice in real-life simulations.

No experience required. The majority of the course will be held outside in the elements rain or shine. One hundred percent attendance is required.

Instructor Profile: Jon Tierney, owner of Acadia Mountain Guides and lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates, brings a unique and highly developed blend of education and experience in outdoor leadership, mountain guiding, backcountry rescue and emergency medicine spanning three decades. He is an IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guide and owner of Acadia Mountain Guides who also is employed as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic with LifeFlight of Maine.

Supplies: Bring a set of old throwaway clothes for simulations. You should expect to be outside regardless of the weather working on your hands and knees (in the mud if it rains) and carrying loaded litters over rough terrain and through brush. For your own personal safety and comfort, dress appropriately.

Call  746-5741 for more details and to register. If you are already a Wilderness First Responder and need a recertification, you must attend 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 4-6, and if you are looking for just the Wilderness First Aid Certification you must attend class 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. May 4-5. The cost is $300 for the Wilderness First Aid Class, which includes tuition, certification fees and materials. The cost of the Wilderness First Responder Recertification class is $350 and includes tuition, certification fees and materials.