Wilderness First Aid

Course Code: 01-14-ER11

The wilderness is the grand backdrop for decision-making with limited resources, time pressures, diverse interpersonal problems, and training, as well as sometimes conflicting social pressures. In the unpredictable, challenging, and dynamic wilderness environment, participants learn how to assess situations with limited resources and access to support.

This course takes students from team formation to begin a wilderness trek to all the stages of handling an emergency in this challenging environment. Students will learn to handle the people involved in the wilderness adventure, the injuries, both emotional and physical, and when to make decisions on the transportation of the injured.

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day adventure that tests the skill of beginners and advanced students.

Performance Objectives
Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Prepare a group to operate in a complex environment with limited resources
  • Know how to integrate diverse groups into a team
  • Develop Communication skills for a dynamic environment
  • Negotiation skills for complex teams
  • How to deal with various health problem scenarios and injuries
  • Competencies covered: Using First Aid in wilderness settings, CPR in rural locations, and Survival skills for inclement weather.

    Intended Audience: Public sector employees