Cost: $600, call 207 866 7562 to register, 7 days a week, 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Class Meeting: Starts January 16th and ends January 20th. Class will begin at 8:30
a.m. and end at 6:00 p.m. and may occasionally run over by 15 - 20 minutes. These days
will be long and intense and you must plan time for evening study. Try to get a good rest
and get personal matters out of the way before the course.
Location: The course will be held in Orono, ME on the University of Maine Campus in
the Cutler Health Center. You may bring your lunch or easily eat on campus.
The course serves to train Wilderness First Responders and to upgrade an existing EMT to WEMS. This is an
intensive course covering a wide spectrum of emergency care topics relative to wilderness medicine and caring for injuries and
illnesses over prolonged periods of time. The course is a combination of discussions, practical stations and real-life simulations.
Topics include assessment and management of traumatic injuries such as fractures, burns and wounds; circulatory, nervous, and
respiratory system problems; common injuries such as blisters, sprains and strains; medical problems such as anaphylaxis,
toxins, altitude, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and infections; and use of improvised materials in remote situations. The course
includes information on personal outdoor preparedness, accident management and prevention and introduces you to simple
evacuation techniques and rope work. The course is intended for people who are likely to provide care in a remote environment
(over 2 hours) such as outdoor trip leaders, guides, search and rescue units, rural ambulance squads, and backcountry rangers.
The style and content of the course are the result of input from outdoor educators, medical experts, search and rescue personnel,
EMS field providers and prior students. Certification through Wilderness Medical Associates will be granted following successful
completion of the course.