TELLURIDE – Those interested in becoming a certified Wilderness First Responder, WFR, but lacking the nine days required for a standard-length class can now take a five-day Wilderness First Responder class with Kevin Dunkak of CPR World, the local outdoor safety education organization. The course will be held in Telluride from Oct. 11-15.
While covering the same material and meeting the same criteria as in a conventional nine-day WFR course, Dunkak’s course is designed for those with tight schedules and the self-discipline needed to complete approximately 24 hours of pre-course preparation. Students who pass both written and practical exams will be certified Wilderness First Responders for two year, and will receive Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
The five days of class time will focus primarily on practical hands-on skill building for recognizing and treating backcountry injuries and illnesses. Through mock rescue scenarios, students will be able to assess whether a patient needs immediate help from rescuers, and, if not, how to treat the injuries, which could include fractures, cuts, sprains, dislocations and more.
“It’s good for skiers, climbers, boaters and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors in Colorado,” said Dunkak. “The more self-sufficient and better prepared you can be for a fellow traveler’s emergency, or your own, the better.”
The course also teaches students how to respond to cold-related injuries, which could occur after an avalanche in the slide-prone San Juan region. Dunkak, who has trained many people who went on to work for the Telluride Academy and other guiding groups, said the course is also beneficial to outdoor guide.
Space is limited, with only six spots remaining. For more information, visit www.cprworld.com or call Dunkak at 970/729-2779. The deadline for registering for the course is Oct. 4; the course runs from Oct. 11-15, with classroom sessions at the Telluride Fire House, and outdoor sessions around Telluride. The cost of the full course is $675. To recertify your WFR certification, the cost is $300, and you need only to attend from Oct. 11-13.