SEARHC to offer wilderness first responder course

Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2009

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course on Wednesday nights and all day Saturdays, with occasional Monday nights, from Feb. 11 to March 21 at the SEARHC Community Health Services building in Sitka.

The Wilderness First Responder course includes a national certification through Wilderness Medical Associates that lasts 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 the Wilderness First Responder course for employees or volunteers, and some organizations have been known to pick up all or part of the tuition for their students.

No prior experience is required for the class, which also provides three-year certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. Also available is a State of Alaska Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) certification, which is required for many ambulance, fire department and similar emergency services jobs around the state.

For more information, contact Mike Motti at 966-8771 or, or contact SEARHC EMS/WFR instructor Eric Van Cise at 907-966-966-8769 or

For a more detailed course description and information about the WFR certification process, visit

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