Wilderness First Aid course

NORTH CREEK — There will be a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course in North Creek on Aug. 10 at Tannery Pond Community Center.
The course starts at 9 a.m. and will end by 5 p.m. The morning will consist of backcountry first aid skill development and practice, and then participants will go for a short hike during the afternoon to practice and apply what they have learned. The emphasis is on student participation and hands-on practice of first aid skills which people are most likely to need at home, in the woods, and on the water.
Students will receive a WFA card and a CPR card for satisfactory completion of the course. Both cards are issued by ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute) and are recognized by DEC as fulfilling the first aid and CPR requirements for licensed guides. The cost for the course is $60, with proceeds donated to the Adirondack TREKS outdoor program for kids. Participants receive a copy of the Wilderness First Aid field guide. There is a $20 reduction in the course fee for TREKS leaders, and another $20 reduction for people who are re-certifying and already have the book.
The instructor is Richard Morse; he is the training director of Adirondack TREKS and has been an EMT for 30 years. He is an adjunct at SUNY Adirondack College and teaches the 3 credit course, “River Safety and Swiftwater Rescue.” He is also an active member of LASAR (Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue). Gretchen Stark, a Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor, will also be teaching the course.
The minimum class size is six and the maximum is 10. The deadline for enrolling in the course is Aug. 1. To enroll, call 494-4094 or email Richard Morse at morses2@gmail.com.


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