To all the backcountry adventurers and wilderness guides in the Valley…

Have you ever been in the backcountry and had an accident or been asked to help someone else in medical need? Did you feel ill prepared to respond appropriately? You are not alone.

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Being well prepared in the backcountry is key to successful adventures and having basic first aid skills is part of being well prepared.
This is why the Mat-Su Trails and Parks Foundation and Active Body Downtown Gym are partnering with Wilderness Emergency Medical Education to offer a two-day Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification class.  We want our community to have all the tools they need to recreate safely and to be ready to help others if a situation arises.

If you live in the Valley and like to play in the backcountry or if you are a professional guide and need a WFR recertification, this class is for you. The class will be held at the Koslosky Center in Palmer, on February 2nd and 3rd, from 9am to 5pm. The cost for Wilderness First Aid class is $260.00. The cost for the Wilderness First Responder Recertification is $275.00. And as a bonus, if you want to add a CPR to the list, it is available for an additional $25.00.

If you or someone you know is interested in this class, you can register at Wilderness Emergency Medical Education

Space is limited so don’t doddle in registering.

If you have any questions about the class or about registration please call or text AK Wild Med at 907-982-6945

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