Southeast Offers Wilderness First Responder Course

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 7, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Extended and Continuing Education is offering a wilderness first responder certification course this spring. The course, which is offered through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings.

The training will be held March 17-25 on the Southeast campus, and will include both hands-on training and classroom instruction, according to Dr. Craig Elder, associate professor of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. Participants must register for the course by March 15.

“The training is helpful for anyone involved in outdoor activities, such as camping and hiking, especially scout leaders and parks and recreation employees,” Elder said.

The 80-hour course curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations, and is designed to give participants the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Adult CPR also is included in the course.

Award-winning author Buck Tilton will serve as one of the course facilitators. Tilton, who is a co-founder of the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and travels world-wide teaching, has authored numerous books and articles on the subject.

The course fee is $550, with a $150 deposit required. To register for the Wilderness First Responder Course, contact the Department of Extended and Continuing Education at (573) 986-6879 by March 15.