We are looking forward to spending 7 days with you conducting the Wilderness Medical Associates Wilderness First Responder curriculum. This will be an intense, but fun, course with required homework and reading in the evenings. The course will be a mix of Powerpoint lectures, demonstrations, and hands on, and we will train outside as much as possible.
100% attendance is expected–if you have a schedule conflict let an instructor know as soon as possible.
I promise to:
- Comply with current New Mexico Public Health Order
- Stay home if I am feeling sick or having any COVID symptoms
- Wash or sanitize my hands frequently and be extra attentive to cleaning and hygiene standards
- Be smart and use common sense outside of class to avoid any exposure and possible spread of COVID
- Have a great class focused on my personal wellness (both physical and mental).
Things To Bring
We will be at 6600′ and we are expecting partly cloudy weather averaging highs of 60F, lows of 30F.
- Clothing appropriate to the weather. We will be outdoors as much as possible within the curriculum and will train snow or sunshine. We recommend a wind/waterproof jacket of some kind. The classroom can be a little chilly in the morning so you may want to bring fleece/wool/warmies/etc.
- Sit Pad/Closed-cell foam/Thermarest. As a simulated patient you will frequently be sitting or laying on the ground which could be wet or muddy.
- Sturdy walking shoes/boots. There might be snow/wet ground, and the scenarios and simulations may be outside. You may be required to transport patients through a variety of terrain.
- Clothing that can get dirty. You will be outside and we conduct hi-fidelity simulations complete with simulated blood (and other unsavories). Expect to get a little dirty… Sim blood will eventually wash out… 🙂
- One set of destructible clothing–old shirts, pants, etc. Something you do not mind getting damaged or cut. We will use this during scenarios.
- Any gear you wear or carry during your daily operations. e.g. If you are a wildland firefighter, bring your PPE and pack, etc. You do not need to show up in this to class–we may incorporate it into a scenario.
We are about 15-20 minutes from the city and there will not be any lunch options on site. Unfortunately, we will not have a long enough lunch break to reasonably head back down into town. We will generally plan for lunch from 12:00-13:00. There should be a fridge on site.
Plan to bring all the snacks, lunch, drinks, etc. that you want. Water should be available and we should also have coffee.
Optional (but useful)
- Extra socks
- Hat (ball cap, wooly)