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Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?
Are You Prepared for an Emergency in a Wilderness or Remote Environment?

The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids introduces its newly revised Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments.

The American Red Cross course is based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines with enhanced content to meet OSHA's Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Programs. The courses offer flexibility for organizations and their instructors to adapt the training to varying environments, from camps and parks, to remote occupational settings.

The 16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid course gives people the hands-on skills needed to respond in 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

Course participants must be at least 14 years of age and possess current certification in adult CPR/AED, also available through the American Red Cross. The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course will be offered to the community on July 23-24 from 8:30am-5:30pm (advanced registration is required.) Interested parties can also opt to receive third-party training and become authorized to offer the course to employees or members. The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids can also provide full-service training on-site for interested organizations.  

 “The new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course fills a real need in our community,” said Andrea Dunne-Sosa, Director of Health and Safety Services of the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids. “We all know immediate care can help save lives and prevent serious injuries; and this course is a great way to help protect people who spend time outdoors for work or play.” Visit www.shopstaywell.com/wilderness for a preview of the new Wilderness First Aid course!

To find out how you can participate in Wilderness and Remote First Aid training, contact the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids at (616) 456-8661, email Deb Perry at dperry@ggr.redcross.org, or visit www.redcross.org for more information.

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