Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid students carry a simulated patient out of the woods. Photo: Max Dodge

If you ever hike, climb, paddle, peddle, slide, trek or just want to be safer when you are far from help…then a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is for you.  it is the most popular wild medicine course in the world.  The WFA offers, in just 16 hours, how to recognize, treat and sometimes, prevent, the most common problems folks encounter in wild places.  Not only will you learn what to do for an injury or illness, the important part is how to do it in a remote setting with improvised materials!  Our WFA covers the challenges of wild response and rescue, patient assessment, opening airways, stopping bleeds, treating shock, long-term wound care, and infection care and blisters,  How to handle sprains and fractures, hypothermia, frostbite, heat injuries, medical emergencies, and more.  This course will change the way you approach outdoor adventures, building the confidence to act when someone is in need.  Follows Wilderness Medical Society Guidelines and nationally recognized certification  16 hours, usually over two days.

Jan
28
Tue
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) @ North Conway Fire/EMS
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 30 @ 10:00 pm
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) @ North Conway Fire/EMS
An EMT certification is the entry-level for licensed Emergency Medical Services provider and the first step toward a career in EMS. This course stresses a greater depth of knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the body and how sickness and injury affect people. Most importantly the increased care and treatments available to stabilize people in emergent situations. The format of this course stresses the application of skill through scenarios, minimizing time spent in lecture. It prepares the EMT to offer a higher level of emergency care at the scene and to work as a full team member on the ambulance. This NH state-approved course is taught under the new National Education Standards for EMS. Includes simulation lab experience. Click here to register!
Mar
28
Sat
OEC to EMT Course (New London) @ New London Hospital
Mar 28 – May 3 all-day
OEC to EMT Course (New London) @ New London Hospital

The OEC to EMT course was created specifically for Outdoor Emergency Care technicians and Ski Patrol Directors who want to expand their knowledge and skills both on and off the mountain.  This course both recognizes the excellent trauma and rescue skills of the certified patroller and builds on that foundation by bridging the gaps between the OEC and National Standard EMT curriculum.  This first-of-its-kind course focuses on a deeper understanding of anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology,  medical emergencies,  urban rescue, ambulance operations, hazardous materials, mass-casualty incidents, triage, and much more. We have spread out the 80+ hours of course content over four weekends creating a reasonable pace. This course includes take-home quizzes, clinical experiences, and on-line lessons, allowing the certified OEC Technician to become an EMT in about half the time and about a third of the usual course cost.

This course is designed to prepare students for the National Registry EMT cognitive and psychomotor exams for national certification. 80+ hrs., Sat/Sun, over 4 weekends. Click here to complete and application.

May
9
Sat
OEC to EMT Course (N. Conway) @ No. Conway Fire/EMS
May 9 – Jun 7 all-day
OEC to EMT Course (N. Conway) @ No. Conway Fire/EMS

The OEC to EMT course was created specifically for Outdoor Emergency Care technicians and Ski Patrol Directors who want to expand their knowledge and skills both on and off the mountain.  This course both recognizes the excellent trauma and rescue skills of the certified patroller and builds on that foundation by bridging the gaps between the OEC and National Standard EMT curriculum.  This first-of-its-kind course focuses on a deeper understanding of anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology,  medical emergencies,  urban rescue, ambulance operations, hazardous materials, mass-casualty incidents, triage, and much more. We have spread out the 80+ hours of course content over four weekends creating a reasonable pace. This course includes take-home quizzes, clinical experiences, and on-line lessons, allowing the certified OEC Technician to become an EMT in about half the time and about a third of the usual course cost.

This course is designed to prepare students for the National Registry EMT cognitive and psychomotor exams for national certification. 80+ hrs., Sat/Sun, over 4 weekends. Click here to complete and application.

May
18
Mon
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) @ Bartlett/Jackson Fire/EMS
May 18 – May 26 all-day

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the quintessential wilderness medicine certification enabling rescuers to deliver expert care far into the wild. Also known as “Woofers”, a WFR certification will allow outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts to assess, treat, and rescue the sick and injured from potentially dangerous wilderness environments. This course is being run concurrently with a WEMT course. Contact us for more information. Click here to register.

May
23
Sat
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) @ University of New England - Biddeford Campus
May 23 – Jun 13 all-day
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) @ University of New England - Biddeford Campus

The Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course is a comprehensive, evidence-based wilderness medicine course that prepares the student to manage injuries and illnesses far from help. The accelerated 3-week schedule allows students to be full-time learners, completing the 180+ hour curriculum with minimal interruption.  Classes Monday through Saturday with 9 hours of blended hands-on and classroom time. Clinical experience is gained with 911 ride-along and emergency room rotations during evenings and weekends.  Instruction is a dynamic combination of lecture, skill labs, scenarios, mock drills, team-building, and on-line study. The instructors have decades of experience in wilderness and expedition medicine. This course prepares the student for the National Registry exams and Nationally recognized certification. Click here to register for this course!

Jun
8
Mon
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) @ Camp Wigwam
Jun 8 – Jun 15 all-day

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the quintessential wilderness medicine certification enabling rescuers to deliver expert care far into the wild. Also known as “Woofers”, a WFR certification will allow outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts to assess, treat, and rescue the sick and injured from potentially dangerous wilderness environments. Click here to register.

Jun
20
Sat
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) @ Camp Wigwam
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) @ Camp Wigwam

The 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course is the entry-level of emergency care for outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts. During this course, you will learn how to assess a sick or injured person, determine what is wrong, initiate life-saving treatments, and make the decision whether to evacuate. A WFA certification is often required to lead groups on trips and at camps. This course is taught to meet or exceed Wilderness Medical Society standards and guidelines. Click here to register!