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American Red Cross "Wilderness and Remote First Aid" Training

  • Apr 6, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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(As of 4/1/13, there are nine students enrolled for the class that begins this Saturday, April 6.  Time is running out if you intend to attend. Register @  While Sierra Club members are out exploring, enjoying, and protecting the outdoors, 9-1-1 medical assistance may not be a timely option. If you are deep in the wilderness or just at work, you may need to respond to a medical emergency, maybe even your own emergency.

The purpose of this training is “To provide individuals a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.”

The American Red Cross course ID number [masked] will be taught on two consecutive Saturdays, April 6, 2013, and April 13, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., totaling 16 hours of instruction.  The course fee is $110.00 and includes the $16.00 course manual.

Registration is available at  Alternatively, call 1-800-REDCROSS and gave the call agent the course ID number.  The call agent should be able to find the class, register you, and apply the promotional code.  While registering, consider purchasing the course manual for pre-class study.  Please act quickly to register because we would like to fill this class primarily with Sierra Club members and Sierra Club member friends. We need a minimum of 4 students and class size is limited to 20 students.

All registration and payment will be through the American Red Cross and Red Cross’ cancellation policy will apply. The American National Red Cross is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to the American National Red Cross are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Training will be conducted using the course manual, instructor lecture, student discussion, and hands-on training exercises. The instructor will provide materials for the class training exercises. The course covers: Check, Call & Care, Abdominal Problems, Injuries & Illnesses, Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Asthma Attacks, Altitude Illnesses, Bone and Joint Injuries, Burns, Chest Injuries, Choking, Head, Neck & Spinal Injuries, Heat-Related Illnesses, Hypothermia, Lightening, Shock and Heart Attack, Submersion (Drowning) Incidents, Wounds and Wound Infection, Cold-Related Emergencies, Confined Spaces, Diabetic Emergency, Emergency & Non-Emergency Victim Moves, Eye, Mouth & Lip Injuries, Poisoning, Seizures, Snow Blindness, Stroke, and Wounds and Wound Infection.

You will receive a certification that is valid for 2 years upon successful completion of the course. There are two course prerequisites that the instructor will verify at the start of the class: * A current Adult CPR/AED certification or the equivalent.  (Update 03/01/13 - If you're not CPR/AED certified, you can take the WFA class and then get your CPR/AED certification afterwards). * Be at least 14 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course.

The official course manual will be “Wilderness and Remote First Aid.” It includes skill sheets for performing CPR, and responding to both conscious and unconscious choking emergencies. After class it can be used as an emergency reference guide. The course manual is Red Cross store item #656232 and can be purchased at Included with the course manual is an 8-panel, foldout, First Aid Reference Pocket Guide specifically designed for use in the field. The Pocket Guide is compact and lightweight, fits easily into a pocket of a shirt, cargo pants, or a backpack, and is weather and tear-resistant.

Class starts at 9:00 a.m. but please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Please park behind the building and go to the back door to be buzzed into the building. You’ll want to take notes, so please bring your own pen or pencil, post-it notes, highlighter, notepaper, laptop, etc. The class will take morning, lunch, and afternoon breaks. If you want to bring a lunch, the facility has a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave but please clean-up after yourself. There are vending machines available within the facility and various fast-food restaurants nearby within driving distance.

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  • Patty

    Still scary with so much to try to remember, but we're getting better prepared than we were before. It's actually kind of fun when it's only pretend.

    April 9, 2013

  • Bill N

    A lot to cover and we're not done yet. Another Saturday to go.

    April 6, 2013

  • Patty

    Thanks for making it easier.

    March 1, 2013

  • Bill N

    03/01/13: As of this morning, I was informed there are six persons signed up the WFA class. Four is the minimum number needed so the class will be held. If you've RSVPd on MeetUp but haven't registered with ARC, please do so. Due to the short time remaining before the April WFA class, I asked my ARC liaison if it would be permissible to persons to take the class without having the CPR prerequisite completed.

    I was told it would be permissible to attend the WFA without the CPR prerequisite but that the CPR class should be taken sometime afterwards. I hope that helps some of you and frees up your $ and time to attend the WFA class. You're in good shape, obviously, if you already have the CPR.

    March 1, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Does anyone know of where I can get the CPR certification? Preferably in the Blue Springs area? Is there a cost involved in this as well? Thanks!

    February 23, 2013

    • Michael R

      You can get that from Am Red Cross as well, though CPR training from the American Heart
      Association will fulfill the Red Cross' prerequisite for Wilderness First Aid and is
      probably less expensive.

      Select course "Heartsaver CPR AED"

      These people also do AHA certified training: https://www.enjoycpr.c...­
      Select class type of "Basic Adult/Pediatric CPR & AED"

      February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Registered/paid up with the ARC

    February 7, 2013

  • Patty

    To be more clear, my RSVP is maybe, depending on finances. I'm still in the planning stage for leading outings this year. If anyone knows if there will be a WFA offered next year, I would be interested.

    February 5, 2013

    • Michael R

      I think they do it at least a couple times every year.

      February 5, 2013

    • Bill N

      Typically once a year depending on demand. The March 2013 class is limited to 12 students. The Boy Scout leaders were 98% of the 20 students in my 2011 WFA class.

      February 6, 2013

  • Steve H.

    I have registered and paid with the Red Cross.

    February 4, 2013

  • Anne

    A note about registering online - the default is to only show classes in the next 30 days. You'll have to select April as the start & finish dates for the course to show up.

    1 · January 27, 2013

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