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Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT) – Hybrid – Durango, CO – 05/11/2020

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Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT) – Hybrid
Durango, CO • May 11, 2020


$710 due upon registration
Course starts May 11, 2020

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Full Dates: May 11, 2020 – May 15, 2020
Duration: 5 days
Price: $710

Course Description

WMTC’s Wilderness EMT Upgrade hybrid course is for experienced medical practitioners who are acting as an expedition medic or trip leader.  Participants must hold a current NREMT certification or state EMT license at any level.  The WEMT Upgrade course focuses on assessment and treatment fo traumatic, environmental, and medical emergencies in a wilderness environment.  While the focus remains on expedition medicine, the skills taught during our WEMT upgrade course may be applied directly to situations where prolonged EMS transport is expected (e.g. disaster relief, SAR, rural EMS, etc.).

This course is only offered as a hybrid course.  This means a significant about of independent studying and online testing is required prior to attending a 5-day practical session. If you are wondering if a hybrid course is for you, check out this WMTC blog post.  During the practical session, labs teach field assessment and treatment skills while lectures are brief and focused on answering questions raised during simulations and case study reviews. Check out WMTC’s hybrid Wilderness EMT website to see if this course is for you before registering.  WMTC Adult & Child WCPR/AED certification is included in this course.

WMTC is not registered with any CEU organization for EMT’s, nurses, PA’s, or physicians.  If an EMT is affiliated with a licensed service, the training officer or education department supervisor can grant CEU’s.  NREMT typically grants (but is not obligated to) CEU’s to EMT’s who have taken a WEMT course based on clock hours.  Nurses, PA’s, and physicians can apply for CEU’s through their hospital’s education department.  Those not affiliated with a hospital may be eligible for CEU’s and should contact their state licensing department for guidance.

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Location and Logistics

Fort Lewis College, Pine Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
United States

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Pine hall is located on the North side of the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, Colorado.  Parking is available on Skyhawk Avenue or in the parking lot across the street.

NOTE:  A parking pass is required if parking in any on-campus parking lot.  Parking passes may be acquired at one of two kiosks located on the both access roads to the Fort Lewis College campus

If the building is locked, please wait until 15 minutes before the course begins or contact your instructor.

Lead Instructor

Aaron Ball

Aaron Ball is Southwest Rescue’s owner and lead instructor. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years as a guide, instructor, trainer, and supervisor.  Aaron is a Rescue 3 International instructor trainer, a Wilderness Medicine Training Center senior instructor, and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education professional and recreational avalanche instructor, course leader, and instructor trainer. Additionally, Aaron is a faculty member in Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education Department and a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides.

Aaron sits on several committees and boards including the Open Sky Wilderness’s risk management committee and the board of directors for the Friends of the San Juans.  He has given numerous talks at national and regional conferences including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) annual conference, and Association for Experiential Education (AEE) regional conferences.  Aaron has a Master’s Degree in adventure education with a specific emphasis on risk management.