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I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to participate
in a very unique training opportunity. The WV Office of EMS and the
WV EMS TSN are
hosting a Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Professionals
course. The course was designed, and is being provided, by
the Wilderness Medical
Institute (WMI), a part of the National Outdoor Leadership School
(NOLS). The course builds on your background in urban
emergency care and you'll learn how to improvise equipment, deal
with challenging environmental conditions, and make difficult
medical decisions in remote locations. This intense, hands-on
curriculum utilizes daily role plays, case studies and practical
scenarios. Expect to spend plenty of time applying your knowledge.
This five-day course is ideal for EMT's, nurses, physicians,
certified athletic trainers and other medical professionals. The
course will upgrade EMTs to WEMT
and all others to
Wilderness First Responders in accordance with the current
standards in wilderness /rural pre-hospital medicine.
We are fortunate to have
Justin Padgett of Landmark Learning to be
serving as the lead instructor for the program. Some of you
may remember Justin from the "Introduction to Wilderness Medicine"
pre-conference workshop at last year's State EMS Conference.
The course will be conducted at the Greenbrier County Youth
Camp in Anthony, Greenbrier County, WV. This facility is
located within the Monongahela National Forest
on the banks of the Greenbrier River. There is a multitude of
recreational activities available during the evening hours
including hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing (canoes provided), or
bring your bike and ride the Greenbrier
The non-refundable course fees are $75 per
person. This amount covers your
tuition, books, housing, and meals. You can register by
contacting Carla Wisman at the Elkview WV EMS TSN office. She
can be reached at 304.965.0573 or 800.525.6324. The course
will run from the Friday evening (September 11 2009) through
Thursday morning (September 17 2009).
Registration is limited to 25 students.
Please post the attached flyer for your staff's
information. If you have any questions about the course or
facilities, please feel free to contact me.
Hope to see you in September.