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Wilderness First Aid course set for October 5 at Garnet Hill Lodge

— There will be a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course in North River on Friday, Oct. 5.

They will meet at Garnet Hill Lodge Adventure Center at 9 a.m. and will end by 4 p.m. The morning will consist of backcountry first aid discussion and skill development, and then we will go for a short hike during the afternoon to practice and apply what we have learned. The emphasis will be on practical skills with lots of hands-on practice.

Students will receive a WFA card for satisfactory completion of the course. The WFA cards are issued by ECSI (Emergency Care & Safety Institute) and are recognized by DEC as fulfilling the first aid requirement for Adirondack guides. The cost for the course is $50, with profit being donated to the Adirondack TREKS outdoor program for kids and to the Johnsburg Emergency Squad. Participants receive a weatherproof copy of the Wilderness First Aid field guide.

For those who are interested in earning a CPR card, there will be an optional CPR class, which will follow the WFA class. It will take less than an hour and will cost $20.

The instructor is Richard Morse. He is the training director of Adirondack TREKS and has been an EMT for 30 years. He is an adjunct at SUNY Adirondack College and teaches the 3 credit course ‘River Safety and Swiftwater Rescue’. He is also an active member of LASAR (Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue) and is very experienced in backcountry travel. You may have met him when he worked as a ski instructor at Garnet Hill Ski Center.

The minimum class size is 6 and the maximum is 10. The class will close after the first ten people have registered for the course. The deadline for enrolling in the course is September 30. The course has always filled quickly. To enroll, call 494-4094 or email me at morses2@gmail.com.

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