SEARHC EMS to offer wilderness course

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010

SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course that involves some preliminary online computer work before classessions begin.

The in-person class sessions will be held April 5-9 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.

This WFR course takes place over five days, but students must complete all 32 hours of online course work before attending their first class. No prior experience is required for the class, which provides a three-year WMA certification in CPR and 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.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, March 22. Classes are open to all SoutheastAlaska adult residents.

The WFR course costs $375, which includes all books and materials. Checks should be made out to "SEARHC EMS." Students must pay in advance in order to get the Web site link and password for the online portion of the class. The class tops out at 18 students, and students must be at least 18 years old to receive WMA certification. Students should bring clothing suitable for wearing while working outside, but medical equipment will be supplied. Students traveling to Sitka need to arrive in town by Sunday, April 4, and not leave until Saturday, April 10, so they can attend all class sessions.

"Bring what you'd normally wear in the wilderness," SEARHC EMS Coordinator Mike Motti said. "The emphasis is on hands-on learning, both in the classroom and outside."

For more information about this WFR class, please contact SEARHC EMS/WFR Instructor Eric Van Cise at 907-966-8769 or, or contact Mike Motti at 907-966-8771 or The SEREMS office number is 747-8005.

For a detailed course description and information about the WFR certification process, go to the WMA Web site at

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