Wilderness First Aid

Event Date
Event Contact

Mark Werthmann at idahomountainrec@yahoo.com
Bill McKnight at Mcnightpac@hotmail.com
Carl Hamke 208-859-2503

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2018
Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Location: IDFG Trophy Room, 600 Walnut St., Boise. Entrance is on the NE side of the building.
Cost: $150, checks made payable to Idaho Mountain Recreation and sent to the IMR treasurer Elaine Walker, 7495 W Skylight Street, Boise ID 83709 by Friday April 20th.
Enrollment: 8 to 16 maximum, preference given to Idaho Mountain Recreation members
To enroll: contact Mark Werthmann at idahomountainrec@yahoo.com by Friday April 20th

This Wilderness First Aid Course is specifically designed for Idaho Mountain Recreation. This course will be approximately 16 hours divided over Saturday and Sunday.

The Wilderness First Aid Course will meet all requirements outlined by the Wilderness Medical Society for the WFA certification, which will include Patient Assessment and Movement, as well as Managing Major Trauma, Wounds, and Musculoskeletal Injuries. We will also devote time to Common Medical and Environmental Problems, particularly those relevant to year round back country travelers and recreationalists.

While we'll cover the full spectrum of required topics, there will be an emphasis on simple strategies for handling common problems. There will be time for questions and discussion in the highly interactive learning environment. Significant time will also be devoted to hands on practice, scenarios, and case studies to help ingrain knowledge gained during lecture.

The course will be taught by Bill McKnight, a Board Certified Physician Assistant, Fellow of the Wilderness Medical Society, and IMR member. Bill has 15 years of clinical experience in emergency and family medicine. He taught Outdoor Emergency Care for the National Ski Patrol as well as WFA and WFR courses for an international medical support and education company before focusing on his own company, Simple Backcountry Medicine, for the last three years.

The cost of the course will be $150 including an extensive first aid kit and materials. The class does not include CPR, which is offered widely in the community.

Bring: lunch and snacks both days; on Sunday be prepared to bring items you would have on a trip per the instructor’s request and be dressed to go outside, rain or shine.