Wilderness First Aid
What is it?
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. A BSA-led task force has developed WFA doctrine and curriculum. You will be certified through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). This is a two (2) year certification. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Youth and adult Scout leaders over age 14 are invited to participate and earn their certification. The BSA wants to do all it can to promote awareness of this course, and help as many Scouts and leaders as possible take the course and earn certification as a WFA practitioner.
Why is this important?
This course goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save
valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too.
Who is it for?
Youth and adult Scout leaders are encouraged to take this first-aid course, which offers a management dimension that most curriculums fail to address. Scout leaders will likely find it the most valuable program they’ll ever take.
The cost of the course is $35.00