Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration

Wilderness First Responder Training

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Course Dates:  Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 22, 2015 (Includes one day off)

Course Description: Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is a nationally recognized program that prepares participants to handle emergencies in remote settings. The 72 hour curriculum meets all the new DOT National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations. Curriculum topics include but are not limited to: wilderness protocols for delayed/prolonged transport, trauma management, patient assessment, wilderness rescue, and backcountry medicine. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making, not on memorization of lists.

Certifications: Upon successful completion of practical and written exams you will receive WMA's Wilderness First Responder and Anaphylaxis Workshop certifications, valid for three years, plus American Heart Association CPR certification.

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Wilderness First Responder Recertification

Course Dates:  Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Course Description: The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.

Course Prerequisite: You must have current WFR and CPR certification from WMA to enroll in this course. You will also be required to complete a study packet that the WMA national office will send directly to you. Bring this packet to the recertification class.

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General Information for Both Classes

Travel: Horn Field Campus is located one mile south of Macomb, Illinois. Driving directions and map will be sent with the registration confirmation packet. Air travel can be arranged through the Quad Cities and the Peoria regional airports or through major airports in Chicago and St. Louis. Macomb is also served daily by two Amtrak trains originating in Chicago.

Macomb Travel Center - 309-833-5531

Amtrak - 1-800-USA-RAIL

S&G Taxi - 309-318-9815

Class Format & Setting: Courses meet at the HFC Lodge and begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Expect to spend mornings in the classroom, afternoons in rescue simulations, and evenings studying and working on assignments. You are required to attend all scheduled classes. The required text will be sent to you by HFC before you arrive for the course.

Meals & Lodging: Dormitory-style housing is available for no additional charge, along with a small kitchen and refrigeration for cooking on your own. Macomb has several grocery stores along with an modest assortment of restaurants.

Course Registration & Cancellation Policies: The course fee covers textbooks, instructor fees, housing, equipment, and all exam fees. A deposit of one half of the total course fee is required to reserve your place on the course. This deposit is non refundable should you withdraw from the course. The total amount is due before the date of the course. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.

Further Information: For more information, contact HFC by email or call 309/833-5798.

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