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Zoar Outdoor Offers Wilderness First Responder Course

By Blair Winans

Zoar Outdoor is sponsoring a hands-on Wilderness First Responder
(WFR) course in Charlemont, MA on Jan 9 – Jan 17, 2007 and a WFR
recertification course Jan 6 – 8, 2007. This intensive backcountry
medical training course will show students how to deal with medical
emergencies when they are miles from help and dialing 911 is not an
option.

Wilderness Medicine
differs from traditional first aid in three respects. First, transport
times are measured in hours and days rather than minutes, so many
phases of patient care that usually occur in a hospital must be carried
out in the field. Second, severe environments dramatically increase the
complexity of any emergency and heighten risks to patients and rescuers
alike. Third, limited equipment makes improvisation and resourcefulness
essential.

These issues and more will be addressed by professional instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates,
leaders in the field of wilderness medical training. Classes are
fast-paced with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted
to lectures, while afternoons and evenings are spent outside working on
everything from stretcher construction to full-scale rescue
simulations. A number of realistic simulations, complete with fake
wounds and stage blood, will be conducted. Past students commonly
report of real-life rescues that, “felt just like a simulation.”

This
course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who
spend time in remote areas. Graduates will be certified by Wilderness
Medical Associates. Call 800-532-7483 and ask for Janet Burnett or Nicole Yezierski at Zoar Outdoor for logistical and pricing information or Wilderness Medical Associates at (888)WILD-MED for curriculum information.

Media contact: Karen Blom

Email: karen@zoaroutdoor.com

800-532-7483

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