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5 Day Wilderness First Responder Course

Posted Jan. 04, 2014, at 11:16 p.m.

Saturday, January 11 to Thursday, January 16, 2014; 10:09 a.m. to 6:09 p.m.

Location: Acadia Mountain Guides / Alpenglow Adventure Sports, 92 Main St., Orono, ME

Contact: Jon Tierney; 207-866-7562

Website: acadiamountainguides.com

Are you tired of the same old wilderness first aid course? Would you like to be better prepared for a remote accident? Do you want to learn best practices? Are critical thinking and problem solving important to you? If you answered yes to any of the above then sign up for this scenario-based introduction to wilderness medicine.

Develop good assessment and scene leadership skills. Further your risk-benefit decision-making skills. Understand real shock. Learn to safely move spine injured patients. Treat ugly wounds and broken bones with greater confidence. Administer epinephrine for severe airway constriction. Recognize situations you can manage alone and when you need to scream for help.

No experience required. The majority of the course will be held outside in the elements rain or shine.

This program is designed for the person who frequently travels in the backcountry with friends or who leads small groups and who is seeking a level of competency beyond basic wilderness first aid. It is an introduction to the broad concepts of rendering care in a remote setting. The course includes Health Care Provider CPR training. You can expect the course to be intensive and to cover the most important aspects of wilderness medicine. Normally taught over eight days, this fast track course will require pre-course study. The course will be provide lots of opportunity to practice in real-life simulations. Certification is through Wilderness Medical Associates International – the world leader in wilderness medical training and is valid for three years.

Instructor: Jon Tierney, owner of Acadia Mountain Guides. Jon has a 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.

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