American Red Cross offers wilderness first aid course

Monday, June 7, 2010

A new course offered by the Shenandoah County chapter of the American Red Cross will familiarize people with how to survive in the great outdoors.

The first 16-hour wilderness and remote first-aid course will take place June 12-13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Park. The course, sponsored by the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Department and Blue Canoe Crew, is designed for Scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.

The 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the skills needed to respond to an emergency when help may be delayed. The course includes training on:

• Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
• Heat-Related Emergencies
• Hypothermia
• Altitude-Related Illnesses
• Allergies and Anaphylaxis
• Burns
• Bone and Joint Injuries
• Wounds and Wound Infection

The course also offers enhanced content and topics to meet OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs—particularly important for occupational environments that are impacted by federal regulations.

The course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines and has been reviewed and/or supported by the American Camp Association, American Canoe Association, National Recreation and Park Association, and JCC Association.

Course participants must be at least 14 years of age and possess current certification in adult CPR/AED. To find out how you can participate in Wilderness and Remote First Aid training, contact the Shenandoah County Chapter at 540-459-2913 or visit for more information.

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