Wilderness & Remote First Aid Workshop - November 16-17, 2016


Wilderness & Remote First Aid Workshop - November 16-17, 2016


Instructor: Larry Knutson, Penn Trails
Date: Wednesday-Thursday, November 16-17, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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American Red Cross 2-Year Certification Course

Wednesday and Thursday, November 16-17, 2016;  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Two day Indoor/Outdoor Workshop
PTBA Sustainable Trails Workshops - Stonewall, WV

 The Session

The two day/16-hour Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WRFA) course is designed to provide people who work and play in the outdoors with a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response. This includes wilderness, as well as, remote environments caused by disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes.   With satisfactory completion, participants receive a 2 year WRFA Certification from the American Red Cross.  The course gives you the skills you need to give care for potentially life-threatening emergencies in a delayed-help situation, covering the following:

  • Define wilderness first aid
  • Describe the difference between wilderness first aid and standard first aid
  • Describe the importance of immediately establishing control of the scene and starting the primary assessment
  • Discuss the importance of doing a secondary assessment
  • Discuss calling for help from a delayed-help perspective and evacuation considerations
  • Demonstrate a field assessment for injuries to the head
  • Define types of abdominal pain and discomfort including gastroenteritis (stomachache) and diarrhea
  • Describe the basics of an allergic response and its treatment and prevention
  • Define altitude illnesses including acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral edema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE)
  • Define types of burn injuries
  • Demonstrate a field assessment of a person with a chest injury
  • Describe the contents of an adequate wilderness and remote first aid kit, and its uses
  • Define the different types of heat-related illnesses
  • Describe the mechanisms of heat loss versus heat gain
  • Demonstrate a field assessment for injuries to bones and joints
  • Define shock and discuss the stages of shock
  • Define heart attack
  • Define serious bleeding and demonstrate control of bleeding
  • Describe briefly the general sequence of events during a submersion (drowning) incident
  • Describe how lightning can cause injury and/or death

The class provides each student with an Emergency Reference Guide, as well as, all classroom and scenarios resources, as well as a compact, weather-resistant WRFA Field Reference Guide.

The Instructor

This course will be taught by Larry Knutson, of Penn Trails LLC, a PTBA member company that is also a Licensed Training Provider for the American Red Cross.   Knutson is a Certified Instructor for the American Red Cross, bringing a range of professional experience and insight to the course.  

When and Where

This workshop will be in both a classroom setting, as well as, utilize outdoor scenarios, at the Stonewall complex. Participants should wear appropriate clothing as required by the weather. Our group will meet each morning, Monday and Tuesday in an assigned classroom space (TBA) at the Stonewall complex.   Class contact time is 8 hours, plus one 30 minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks, each day.


The cost will be $200.00 per person.  Fee includes lunch on both days.

Registration & Attendance

All persons registering for this course MUST have in their possession either a CURRENT American Red Cross or American Heart Association Adult CPR Certification Card, and MUST present it to the Instructor, at the beginning of class on Monday.  There will be no exceptions.  Registration is on a first-come basis and is limited to 12 participants.

For More Information, contact Larry Knutson at:

(717) 486-4455