After Isaac Becker witnessed a climbing accident where a man fell 70 feet off a climbing route and was subsequently helicoptered out, Becker decided to get a WFR certification.
A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is taught on campus by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and consists of a 10-day, 80-hour intensive course.
NOLS educates its students on how to respond in an emergency situation in the context of the wilderness, teaching skills from splinting arms to how to correctly apply a hypothermia wrap. After his two-year WFR certification expired, Becker decided to advance his knowledge and participate in a Wilderness EMT (WEMT) course, a 200-hour course that goes even more in depth than the WFR.
After his WEMT certification, Becker realized he did not have a way to keep his skills in practice, apart from the occasional bike accident, claiming that “It was very easy to see that I was losing a lot of my skills.” Thus, Becker decided to begin a WFR/WEMT skills clinic at CC, open to all so that he and others can maintain their skills.
Becker says, “With my current level of training, while it is substantial, is nothing close to what’s expected to get a job on an ambulance or in a hospital here in [Colorado Springs], which leaves me (and especially the WFRs with less training) with nowhere to go in order to keep our skills up.”
Therefore, in creating these review sessions, WFRs and WEMTs can keep their skills sharp for emergencies in the backcountry. Becker says, “With all this in mind, the main reason I’m starting this program is that I really don’t want all this effort to go to waste.”
Becker is still planning the review sessions, which will be in conjunction with the Outdoor Recreation Committee, but these should be expected to run once or twice a block. For more information, or if you want to get involved, please contact Isaac Becker at Isaac.Becker@ColoradoCollege.edu
Nina Murray, Guest Writer