• Wilderness First Responder Course

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    Name: Wilderness First Responder Course
    Date: January 2, 2019 - January 10, 2019
    Event Description:

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is hosting two intensive wilderness medical training workshops for students and other outdoor professionals and enthusiasts.  

    The Wilderness First Responder Certification Course will take place Jan. 2-10, 2019 at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. Participants will learn how to handle medical emergencies that occur when calling 911 isn’t possible or help is too far away. 

    The course will cover patient assessment, body systems, trauma, environmental medicine, toxins, back-country medicine, wilderness rescue and other relevant topics. Those who complete the course will be prepared to handle emergency situations involving prolonged patient care, harsh environments and use of improvised equipment. The class format is fast-paced with instruction each morning and practical skills work covering everything from stretcher construction to full-scale rescue simulations during afternoons and evenings. 
    All those who successfully finish the course will receive a three-year certification from Wilderness Medical Associates, the wilderness medical training company providing professional instructors for the course. 
    The cost of the course is $750.  The deadline to register is Dec. 12.  Registration is available at https://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medical-courses/first-response/wilderness-first-responder/course-6517.
    In addition, there will be an open recertification course at Touch of Nature Environmental Center on Jan. 11-13, 2019. The cost is $350 for the complete package.  Organizers encourage early registration while space is still available.  Registration for the open recertification is available at https://www.wildmed.com/wilderness-medical-courses/recertification/open-recertification/course-6518.
    Once registered, participants will
    be receive an email directing them to Touch of Nature to register for meals and lodging.  Registration links for both courses, and meals/lodging, are at https://ton.siu.edu/events/wilderness-first-responder.php.
    The Wilderness First Responder Course and re-certification are collaborative efforts involving Touch of Nature Environmental Center and Wilderness Medical Associates.  The course instructor is Darren Stokes who is a Certified Wilderness Medical Technician with over 30 years of experience as a professional outdoor guide and instructor.
    Anyone who would like to sign up or obtain more information may contact Erik Oberg at 618/453-3945, or by email at eriko@siu.edu.

    There is a 10% discount for SIU students, faculty, and staff for the full course only. 

    Touch of Nature Environmental Center

    1206 Touch of Nature Road
    Makanda, IL 62958
    Date/Time Information:
    Jan. 2-11
    Contact Information:
    Erik Oberg at 618/453-3945, or by email at eriko@siu.edu.
    The cost of the course is $750
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