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REI holds wilderness first aid course

The 16-course is designed so those who take it never have to ask "what do I do now?" in case of an emergency.

Posted: Jun 16, 2019 7:27 PM
Updated: Jun 17, 2019 10:05 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Summer has basically arrived and for Oregonians that means a ton of us will be spending time outdoors. To help prepare for the injury and illness that may accompany that, REI hosted a wilderness first aid training course.

Nick Braun, course instructor, breaks down the intention of the course.

"What we do is help teach people how to be prepared to deal with emergencies that happen in remote environments," said Braun. 

It's a 16-hour curriculum that REI offers to prepare people for whatever they might run into while spending time in the wilderness.

Braun says most of the attention of the course focuses on a patient assessment system which helps someone identify what is going on in case of a particular injury or illness.

They also teach simple treatments you can provide in a situation where you need to assume the role of a caregiver.

He says most of the courses see a couple dozen participants.

Braun also said REI hosts 30-day wilderness first responder and wilderness EMT courses.

"I think most folks come to these courses, wanting to be prepared when they go out in the wilderness with their friends or family or small groups that they're travelling with," Braun continued. "I think folks walk away feeling really empowered to act should they come across some sort of emergency."

Braun says REI hosts hundreds of these events every year.

Find out when they are holding classes and how you can register here

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