scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: First Aid Course Availability
James Walker (wwwalker@IX.NETCOM.COM
Sun Jul 16 2000 - 03:23:50 CDT
The ARC has two courses with somewhat similar names but very different
content... "Responding to Emergencies" and Emergency Response".
Responding to Emergencies is designed to be taught in a high school or
junior college type program over several class sessions. The course content
is very much the same as the old "Standard First Aid" class which includes
adult CPR skills but has a more advanced First Aid component. The class
duration in 24 hours, usually taught in several sessions. We have not used
this class in our Scout training program... It is a good course but just
doesn't seem to fit very well....
Emergency Response is the most advanced CPR/FA class the ARC offers. This
class is intended for professional rescuers or those "with a duty to
respond". This is "first responder" training. It too is intended to be
taught in several sessions over a term or semester at a junior college or
similar program. The "minimum" time for this class is 43.5 hours without any
of the optional or "enrichment" sessions. The "full" version can take over
60 hours to complete and includes "professional" adult, child and infant
CPR, oxygen administration, AED, child birth, extractions, spinal injury
management, blood pressure, preventing disease transmission and special
first aid techniques. This class can be easily adapted to a Scout program.
"Mature" Scouts and Scouters can definitely benefit from this class... It is
a little expensive and takes a lot of time to complete. It is great course
for a Venturing group, for example or "older" scouts training for senior
summer camp staff or high adventure staff positions.
Visit http://www.redcross.org/ for more information on ARC classes...Also
check out our site at www.scoutcpr.org
Wilderness First Aid is a 16 hour Weekend Course of basic wilderness medical
education over a single weekend. This course is a condensed, intense,
Reader's Digest version of vital wilderness medical knowledge for any
outdoor leader who takes the safety of friends and family seriously. This is
not an American Red Cross class. It is put on by Wilderness Medical
Associates and is perfect for Scouters interested in a "professional" class.
They also conduct Wilderness First Responder which is a 72 hour class...
check http://www.wildmed.com/ for details. Depending on the instructor, this
class may not be available to teenagers... Well worth the time and expense
for serious "back country" guides. Those of you in the Houston, TX area can
arrange any Wilderness Medical Associates class by contacting Don Greene...
There are other agencies that offer "good" wilderness first aid training
programs too... however, most are intended for advanced training for EMT
professionals. They are not "entry level" or "citizen responder" type
classes and are not really suited to a Scout program.
J.W. Walker, ASM-Venture,
T777,The Woodlands, TX
I use to be an OWL, SC373