Category Archives: First Aid

Wilderness First Responder class at Tremont…


If you’ve been studying Survival Weekly, you know that a very high percentage of wilderness survival scenarios revolve around injury. The ability to assess, treat, and package a trip member can be a real lifesaving skill.

Kirk Harris and his crew will be teaching a Wilderness First Responder class January 18 – 25 at Tremont Institute in the Smokies. There are a lot of WFR programs run all over the country, but as far as I know, this is the only one that will allow you to test for National Registry First Responder, or EMR now, which is a double whammy. Wilderness skills and National Registry all in one class!!

 While I have not taken this class, I have had the pleasure Kirk’s EMT refreshers for the Ranger division over the years and can attest to his level of knowledge, experience, and teaching ability. Kirk was saving lives, while I was still pooping my diaper..

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Wilderness Upgrade for Medical Profesionals..


Good friend and EMS instructor stud, Kirk Harris, is now offering a Wilderness Medical class for healthcare professionals through Roane State.

Learn how to deal with difficult environments,improvise equipment and make crucial medical decisions in remote regions with confidence. Apply your urban emergency care knowledge asour seasoned instructors guide you through five days of intense, hands-on learning. The WUMP course will keep you engaged in wilderness medicine curriculum through case studies and practical scenarios with mock patients.

Roane State Community College instructors are Advanced Wilderness Life Support certified with over 100 years of experience in Emergency Medicine and Search & Rescue. Additionally, Roane State’s Wilderness Program is nationally recognized as a leader in Wilderness Medicine for the past 19 years.

Our program is scenario driven with hands on experience!! We teach leadership and management skills and have been involved in the Wilderness Medical Society’s Medical Student Elective for over 15 years.

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to Wilderness Medicine:
  • Whats the difference Frontcountry vs backcountry: Protocol Differences
  • The Patient Assessment System
  • Triage. The Sorting of Patients
  • The Acute Stress Reaction and Shock
  • Orthopedic Injuries & Dislocations
  • Soft tissue Injuries & Wound Treatment
  • Closed Head Injuries
  • Chest Injuries
  • The Environment
  • Cold Injury
  • Cold Water Immersion
  • Heat Injury
  • Lightning
  • Acute Mountain Syndromes
  • Avalanche Medicine
  • Bites & Stings: The Venom Bunch
  • Anaphylaxis & the EpiPen Auto –injector
  • The Medical Patient in the Wilderness
  • SAR & Patient Evacuation
  • Wildmed Psychiatric Medicine
  • What do I take? From Personal Survival Kit to the Expedition Bag

Prerequisites: This course is designed for EMTs, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, other medical professionals and medical students. You must be 18 years old to attend this class.

Ready for trauma?


Your outdoor first aid kit doesn’t need to be fancy, but well thought out. Severe cuts by chainsaws, knives, or axes, hunting accidents, falls, and in this case, a mountain biking accident, are possible. Here, direct pressure and remaining calm saved the day, but having the materials to pack a wound, apply a tourniquet, or a pressure bandage don’t take up much room or weigh a lot.

Like a tactical environment,  in the wilderness, different protocols need to be considered. Since the bleed was too high for a tourniquet, wound packing with a hemostatic gauze or any gauze would have been appropriate.

Watch the video of the mountain biker with a severed femoral artery here: You’ll have to wait until the Fall Guy clip ends

Read about wound packing here: On page 5

Watch a demo here:

Buy hemostatic gauze or compressed gauze here:———————-——————————————–