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**Gauging Interest - Wilderness First Aid Training**

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Hello!

 

Looking to coordinate a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training course for Offroad Passport. The idea is to get anyone interested trained up in wilderness/backcountry-specific first aid.

 

What happens if a medical emergency happens when you're way off grid? Do you know how to safely response to a life-threatening injury or illness? Gain peace-of-mind that you know what to do and when to do it. This can also strengthen the overall group, heighten safety, and provide attendees with the skills they need to help others.

 

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Exploring 2 options:

  1. Join a public training course on pre-selected dates (as individuals)
  2. Attend a private Offroad Passport-only course that could be more tailored to our specific group
    • This option requires a MINIMUM of 12 attendees
    • We can determine the dates
    • Course can be customized to our specific interests (such as vehicle-based exploration and areas we tend to explore)

 

If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold.

If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates.

 

Some general info on the course & instructors:

  • Both options are 2-Day Courses (Sat/Sun) and are all-day (8am to 5pm) for a total of 16 hours of training
  • Cost is $195 per student. If we have 24 students, the cost is $175 per student
  • Course is taught/presented by: 
    • SOLO Schools, founded in 1974, responsible for training the National Parks Service, NOLS, Outward Bound, and over 107,000 students.
    • Members of the MCSO Mountain Rescue Posse (MCSO-MR), a formalized mountain rescue arm of the Maricopa County Sheriffs office involved in SAR/EMS operations all over the country.
    • The group that coordinates the courses is called CAMRA (link) and is a 501 c(3) non-profit with local roots that date back to the 1940s and post-WWII exploration of the mountains around Phoenix.
    • Instructors are, at a minimum, a certified Wilderness EMT.
  • Learning style is blended - with classroom, hands-on skills labs, and hands-on outdoor scenarios

 

What You'll Learn:

This fast-paced, comprehensive two-day program will teach you skills for responding to medical emergencies in the backcountry. 

 

Day 1:

  • Patient Assessment System
  • Fractures/Dislocations
  • Principles of Splinting
  • Preparedness and Prevention

 

Day 2:

  • Environmental Emergencies 
  • Treating shock
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Bites and Stings
  • ...and many other potentially life-saving skills!

 

NOTE: You must have the physical capacity to kneel on concrete and dirt surfaces while participating in the skill labs and outdoor scenarios.

 

Tuition includes:

  • SOLO Field Guide to Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
  • Wilderness First Aid Map
  • SOLO WFA Certification Card (2 year certification)

 

 

If we have 12 interested students:

  • They will set up a private registration page specific to us
  • Payment is taken in advance via credit card on their secure website
  • They can host the class anywhere, but the North Mountain location is also an option (they have a longstanding relationship with the North Mountain Visitors Center)
  • They can customize the class to our use-case and club. For example, a focus on vehicle-based travel, areas/environments/terrains which we commonly explore

 

If you are interested, please comment below. Note that this is just a research to see if we can easily hit the 12 participant minimum threshold.

If we have significant interest, I'll fire up a new thread to hammer down details and possible class dates.

 

Interested Folks:

  1.  @4x4tographer 
  2.  @Stacey and Scott (Stacey)
  3.  @Stacey and Scott (Scott)
  4.  @shellback91
  5.  @mbuckner
  6.  @SonoranWanderer
  7.  @alexshel44
  8.  @AZRNintheJeep242
  9.  Facebook - Patricia M.
  10.  Facebook - Sean C.
  11.  @Zavala
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Curious if this would be taught out in the wilderness (which would be fun) or here in the valley (classroom etc)?

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46 minutes ago, English Al said:

Curious if this would be taught out in the wilderness (which would be fun) or here in the valley (classroom etc)?

 

Great question!

 

If we can get the 12+ participants, the course can be taught at a place of our choosing (of course we'd need to coordinate that - and it'd have to be conducive to learning). SOLO is big on doing the hands-on portion of the course outside - no matter the conditions (rain, wind, snow, sun, heat). Ideally, we'd go someplace convenient to the group for the commute.

 

We also have the option of holding the course at the North Mountain Visitors Center, which is where they normally host it. It's in conjunction with the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The classroom portion would occur inside, and the hands-on training outside in the preserve.

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I'm interested....

 

Location?

Cost?

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Just now, mbuckner said:

I'm interested....

 

Location?

Cost?


All in all the main post 😉

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We've done a couple of field emergency first aid classes. One thing for sure is anyone who's gone through one will be reassessing the contents of their first aid kits.

 Two votes for Yes! The more in depth the better.

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Dates would play a factor but I would be interested in this for sure.

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52 minutes ago, Stacey and Scott said:

We've done a couple of field emergency first aid classes. One thing for sure is anyone who's gone through one will be reassessing the contents of their first aid kits.

 Two votes for Yes! The more in depth the better.

 

You're totally right about the first aid kits!

 

I'll mark you both down!

 

7 minutes ago, shellback91 said:

Dates would play a factor but I would be interested in this for sure.

 

Rock on man!

 

 

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Did you overlook me as "interested "?

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