Wilderness First Aid: New York

Wilderness First Aid (16 Hour Course)

Binghamton, New York
September 26-27, 2015

The Wilderness First Aid course in Binghamton, New York was once designed for people who travel, work, recreate, or live in the wilderness or other remote areas where advanced medical assistance is one hour or more away. However, in recent years to Wilderness First Aid program has expanded into all lifestyles.  With our country having experienced severe weather (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy), tornados, severe blizzard/cold, as well as acts of terrorism (Boston Marathon Bombing), the need for extensive first aid training has never been greater. Wilderness First Aid provides an individual with the skills to Assess and Respond to medical emergencies in any location at any time. The Wilderness First Aid: Standard Course (16 hours) will cover:

  • Introduction of Wilderness First Aid
  • Action at an Emergency
  • Victim Assessment and Urgent Care
  • Care of Bleeding, Wounds, and Burns
  • Dressings and Bandages
  • Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries
  • Physical and Environmental Hazards
  • Poison, Toxins, and Poisonous Plants
  • Animal Bites, Human Bites, and Snake Bites
  • Insect and Arthropod Bites and Stings
  • Review (not taught) current CPR Basics
  • Improving the Odds of Survival

One of the most important aspects of Wilderness First Aid is that you learn that many emergency medical conditions do not necessarily arise as an immediate situation. Many conditions such as infections, high altitude sicknesses, head trauma/internal trauma often take hours to days/weeks to show up. In many instances the individual may not even be in a wilderness environment anymore. However, the training you receive through Wilderness First Aid carries over to our homes and community. Being able to analyse, communicate, and manage a health situation is KEY to helping a friend, family member, co-worker, or stranger. The faster a persons condition can be realized the faster appropriate level of care can be administered.

The originally designed for the back country individual, Wilderness First Aid has become a valuable training tool for people everywhere.  Extreme situations such as Hurricane Katrina and Sandy as well as many others have shown us that our EMS system can be pushed to the maximum.  Having trained individuals in Wilderness First Aid provide additional community support in case they are called upon.  Therefore, Wilderness First Aid is really for everyone.

Over the course of two full days individuals will participate in a variety of Wilderness First Aid scenarios that will allow the student to put into practice the skills and techniques being taught.  Wilderness First Aid is taught in the outdoors. Only in the case of severe weather will the Wilderness First Aid course be moved in doors. Students should come prepared with appropriate clothing, snacks, pens and paper, chairs, rain/cold weather gear, hats, sun screen, and insect repellent. Bathrooms are rustic.

Wilderness First Aid is perfect for day hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, hunters, fishermen, kayakers, and scout leaders (meets the BSA standard for Wilderness First Aid). If you love the outdoors and like to travel off the beaten path this is a must course for you.

New York State requires appropriate level of first aid (Wilderness First Aid)training for day and resident children camps (Click here for Law).  The Boy Scouts of America strongly recommends that all adult leaders be trained in Wilderness First Aid.  ECSI training facilities are in partnership with the BSA in providing this essential training.

The Action Potential @ CMHA is an authorized training facility through ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute to instruct and certify individuals in Wilderness First Aid. Dr. Daniel Miller will be the course instructor.  Certification in Wilderness First Aid is valid for 2 years.

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The Wilderness First Aid course is designed to provide essential leadership, treatment, and management skills.  No prior experience is necessary.  Even if you are not a back woods trekker the Wilderness First Aid course will be a valuable set of skills that you can use were ever you are.

Binghamton, New York provides a beautiful setting for the fall.  The Port Dickenson Community park is ideal in that it will allow us an excellent outdoor environment to train while still being able to be close to restaurants and lodging.

Date: September 26-27, 2015

Time: 8 AM – 6 PM (both days)

Location: Port Dickenson Community Park, 786 Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York 13901  

Cost: $175.00





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