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Wilderness First Aid
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Wilderness First Aid

1/7/2012 to 1/8/2012
When: 1/7/2012
Where: Blue Ridge Mountain Sports
Richmond, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Matthew Rosefsky

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Learn how to save life and limb in a

  • Wilderness or rural area
  • Urban disaster zone

Course Title: Casual Hiker, Rural Living or Urban Disaster: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification Course

a Blue Ridge Mountain Sports-sponsored community event


> Hands-on learnhow to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutesor hoursbefore ambulance / hospital hand-off

> Blend of classroom instruction & hands-on rescue scenario practice

> No prerequisites

> 2-year SOLO WFA certification

> Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT

> Approved by the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association

> Testimonials: see below

> Location: (2 days, 8:30am - 6pm both days):

Instructor: Matthew Rosefsky, Wilderness EMT and SOLO Instructor

> Fee & Charitable Donation: The course fee is $175; a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Blue Ridge Mountain Sports' choice will receive 10% of the proceeds.

> Registration Online/ moreinfo:


> Beyond the ‘golden hour’: delayed EMS arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care
> Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation
> Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management
> Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Lungs, Arteries, Veins, Capillaries, Brain
> Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements,

> Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections
> Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Back-country Survival
> Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Brain and Heart
> Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-treatment evacuation


"Take the class, Save a life!"

"Best course on first aid I have had."

"I really enjoyed the class and am kind of shocked how much I feel like I've learned just within those 2 days."

"The numerous examples of hands-on practice in evaluating, moving and treating patients gave us lots of practice in applying what we learned."

"The course was great. The skills learned this weekend I feel are necessary for not only wilderness but today's world, especially after the recent events in Georgia and now Missouri, it is not beyond reason to find a neighbor in distress much like the scenarios in the course after a weather event."

"When I walked in the door, the idea of being responsible for someone in a backcountry medical emergency was terrifying. Now I feel confident that I can help."

"If I knew this class would be so applicable to even a day hike or weekend sail, I would have taken it sooner."

"I was ... in denial about what could go wrong in a hike. I feel much more prepared now. Everyone who hikes should take this course!"

"I recommend that WFA be the minimum course level required by all SAR (Search and Rescue) personnel ... [Matt] not only knows the subject matter but how to effectively convey the information and motivate his students."

>> "This is the second time I have taken WFA, the previous time was with a different instructor through a different organization. The difference between the two courses was black and white, bravo Matt."

"Matt was great. His fantastic soft skills were only outweighed by his tremendous knowledge of the subject matter."

"Matt was full of information, a wonderful presence, easy to be with and extremely helpful / knowledgeable."

"Altering the course of natural selection."

"Shortly after receiving my WFA cert … while waiting at a red light at a 4-way intersection, I observed an SUV lose control on the wet road while taking a turn a bit too fast and roll over. ...

I was one of the first to arrive at the rolled SUV and assessed the scene. Most of the emergent volunteers were milling around the SUV, wondering what to do and not sure how to handle treating the female driver. I observed through the windshield that she was alert, although a little disoriented and had a cut left hand due to the broken driver's window; the air bags didn't deploy. I guess since I was talking the loudest to the woman, I took control to treat her. While still physically separated by the vehicle, I asked her if she had any other injuries/pain and began the initial assessment the best I could ... Police and fire/rescue had not yet arrived, although plenty of 911 calls went out. ...
With the help of another man, we were able to push up and open the passenger door, the driver's side was on the ground. While he held the door open, I was able to interact with my 'patient.' I received permission to treat her ... While gloved up, I applied several 4x4 pads and had her raise her arm above her head and hold the gauze. There was no way we could get her out and I didn't want to try without proper rescue cribbing gear to prevent the vehicle shifting around ... I talked with her to calm her down. Once FX Fire/Rescue was on site, I passed care of my 'patient' to them. She was subsequently extracted from the SUV and transported to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Thanks again for letting me take your WFA class and I credit being able to successfully treat my 'patient' to your WFA training."

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Matthew Rosefsky, Wilderness EMT and Instructor

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