Congrats to our WFR Class of 2015! On Wednesday, 19 of our awesome new and return Trip Leaders (and around 10 external outdoor professionals) completed their 8 day Wilderness First Responder Course! This intensive course is run by Wilderness Medical Associates International and is described as “an ideal course for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and anyone who works or plays in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical; including essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems.”
The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in back country and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.
- The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
- Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic Life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
- Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
- Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
- Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
- Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
- Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
- WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.
Our 20 staff passed the course with flying colors and were praised on their maturity, responsibility and hardworking attitudes by the instructors. Safety at CCB is always our number 1 priority so every time a trip leaves Camp Carolina property or heads into the forest ON Camp Carolina property we ensure there is always a qualified WFR with the group. By having these medically trained outdoor leaders on our camp trips means we can rest easy knowing that in the unlikely case of an emergency-we have the staff with the skills to handle it.
Our staff are now splitting of into their activity specific training for the next 2-3 weeks and re looking forward to getting out and about in natures beautiful Western North Carolina Playground!