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Four Wilderness Medicine Classes To Be Offered


January 09, 2006
Monday PM

Sitka, AK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Emergency Medical Services department will be offering four wilderness medicine classes in Sitka over the next few months.



The SEARHC EMS classes offer a national certification through Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) that is good for three years. The courses are useful for anybody who spends a great deal of time in the Alaska outdoors. Some emergency medical services units, guide services and search and rescue squads require these courses, and a few groups will pick up all or part of the tuition for their students.

The first class is a Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) course that takes place on Feb. 11-12 and Feb. 18-19 (four days, 32 total hours). There is no prerequisite for this class. The cost is $250.

The second class is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification course that takes place on March 17-19 (three days, 24 hours). This class is open to people who hold a current WFR certificate that needs updating. The cost is $140.

The third class is a complete WFR course that takes place on April 1-8 (eight days, 64 hours). Students in this class also can earn an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification, which is required for many ambulance, fire department and similar jobs around the state. There is no prerequisite for the class and the cost is $375.

The fourth class is a bridge course on April 22-23 and 29-30 (four days, 32 hours), which is designed so any student who has earned a Wilderness Advanced First Aid certificate from a WMA-sponsored course within the past year can upgrade his or her training to earn a Wilderness First Responder certificate. The bridge class is popular among people who want a WFR certificate, but can't get eight days off from work to take the class. The cost is $250.

These classes are open to students from throughout Southeast Alaska and even nationwide. Students must be at least 18 years old to receive certification. Space is limited to 18 people per class.

"Bring what you would normally carry in the wilderness," Motti said, adding that the classes include lessons taught outdoors. "The emphasis is on hands-on learning, both in the classroom and outside."

For more information on the classes, please contact Mike Motti by phone at 1-907-966-8771 or by e-mail at


On the Web:

For more detailed course descriptions and info about the certification process, go to the WMA Web site at


Source of News:

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium



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