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Back2Basics Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Residents Become Wilderness First Responders


The Flagstaff, AZ Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures program enrolls residents in emergency medicine training known as Wilderness First Response.

Flagstaff, AZ (PRWEB) October 27, 2012

The current group of residents at the Back2Basics drug and alcohol treatment center is the first to become certified as Wilderness First Responders. After a five-week course on the Northern Arizona University campus in the Health Sciences Learning Center, these resident WFRs are now equipped with specialized critical thinking skills to perform basic medical training with limited resources.

“Many times when we are on trips, the residents do not understand why we take certain approaches to situations. This course showed them why safety is our number one priority and why it influences all our decisions,” said Outdoor Adventure Supervisor, Chase Christensen.

From preparedness before an Outdoor Adventure such as packing sufficient food and water to treatment of dehydration or a sprained ankle, WFRs have a full grasp on both preventing and handling crisis situations when further medical assistance is more than an hour away, known as “the golden hour.”

“As part of taking this course, I have had lengthy conversations with the residents about the different applications for the class and skills we are learning. Considering the abundance of outdoor opportunities offered through B2B, many of the residents wish to pursue a career in the outdoors following completion of the program,” said Back2Basics Outdoor Adventure Guide, Beth Copeland.

The most beneficial part of WFR certification goes beyond wilderness training noted Christensen. “Traditional learning styles have sometimes not worked for the residents in the past. WFR gives them the chance to be successful and see that there are other options out there for them,” said Christensen.

Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures staff is required to obtain WFR certification within six months of hire and residents are offered the course depending on their schedules and advancement within the treatment center.

The certification expires after three years, which at that time must be renewed to remain valid and meet the most current WFR safety requirements.

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