Disaster+Tavel+Wilderness First Aid Course
DISASTER+TRAVEL+WILDERNESS FIRST AID COURSEHands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point, during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance arrival. Blend of classroom instruction and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice. Come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving skill and confidence, and 2-year SOLO certification. Counts as WFR Recertification, too. No prerequisites.
YOUR SPOT IS NOT RESERVED UNTIL YOU'VE COMPLETELY REGISTERED AT WWW.SOLOWFA.COM ***Spaces are limited. REGISTER: www.solowfa.com or 434.326.4697***
WHO: Open to the general public, adults & teens with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.
WHY: Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point ... accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience - a most powerful learning tool - during scenarios comprise ~50% of class.
TIMING: This is a 2-day class, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day.
Fee: $215 (note: another organization in the region charges $275! You save $60!)
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous added safety measures include:
a) 14-days pre-course illness screening questionnaire
b) Scan of each participant's body temperature each day
c) Masks and eye protection worn at all times (we'll provide masks to those who don't have)
d) 6+ feet physical distance maintained as appropriate throughout class. Best option: students register with non-social-distancing partners and practice skills on each other. Acceptable option: attend alone and bring a homemade mannequin (stuffed pants & shirt) for your patient.
e) many more.
Now is a time when your dtWFA skills may be needed most.
• Hospital beds have been filling up and we need to reduce their demand. If with dtWFA skills you treat someone and they no longer need to go to the hospital, fantastic and so helpful in many ways. .
• Some parks are seeing their highest-ever mid-week daytime visits. More people are outdoor adventuring and most don't have wilderness first aid skills, and may be in need especially as more first-timers go explore the outdoors.
• Hopefully the following will never happen: fewer EMTs staffing ambulances and thus a call to 911 for medical assistance is less responsive, or outbreaks occur within hospitals and those entire facilities end up being quarantined and unavailable ... leaving it up to dtWFA-trained folks to provide care.
Thank you everyone, for all that you do to strengthen our communities, making disaster and wilderness areas safer for all.