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Flyer: Wilderness First Aid 2017.pdf
Looking for a great way to improve your outdoor skills and confidence? Taking the course in Wilderness First Aid may be the perfect thing.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. A BSA-led task force has developed WFA doctrine and curriculum.
WFA is a 16 hour course for those who do more serious deep woods activities. It is the choice of many wilderness trip leaders and guides. WFA presents wilderness topics in more detail, provides more time for skills practice, and also includes role-playing wilderness accident scenarios. This course follows the Boy Scout Wilderness Curriculum and meets certification standards for all Scout Leaders attending a high adventure base such as Philmont or Northern Tier. However, it’s highly recommended for anyone who is planning on spending any significant time anywhere in the backcountry.
This course goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too. If you wish to download the curriculum, click here.
Scouts and Adult Leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculum fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take. Youth and adult Scout leaders over age 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification.
The first thing you’ll learn to do in this course is establish control. Emergencies, big or small, may be charged with emotion and confusion. Even minor chaos increases the risk of injury to rescuers and bystanders, as well as the risk of inadequate care for the patient. Emergencies most often call for a leader to be directive, at least until the scene is safe and the patient is stabilized. This is best accomplished by discussing leadership in case of an emergency with other members of your party before a potentially critical situation occurs.