Consortium EMS to offer Wilderness First Responder course

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2008

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Emergency Medical Services department is offering a Wilderness First Responder course May 12-19 at the SEARHC Community Health Services Building, first-floor conference room, 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.

The WFR course takes place over 72 hours on eight days. Class times are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day with an hour for lunch. No prior experience is required for the class, which also provides three-year WMA certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator use. Also available is a state of Alaska Emergency Trauma Technician certification, which is required for many ambulance, fire department and similar emergency services jobs around the state.

The WFR course costs $375, which includes all books and materials. Checks should be made out to SEARHC EMS. There is a limit of 18 students in the class, and students must be at least 18 years old to receive WMA certification.

Registration deadline is 4 p.m. May 7. Classes are open to all adult residents of Southeast. Students should bring clothing suitable for wearing while working outside, but medical equipment will be supplied.

For more information on the class, contact Mike Motti at 907-966-8771 or, or instructor Eric Van Cise at 907-966-966-8769 or For a more detailed course description and information about the WFR certification process, go to the WMA Web site at

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