Emergency Response Training LLC
What our Students are Saying
"This is NOT your average cookie cutter training. You get real hands-on with seasoned professionals that give you valuable in-sight into real-life situations."
— Melissa BWFA
"This is a well designed course providing a basic background in wilderness first aid that will be helpful to any outdoor enthusiast."
— Keith BWFA
"A lively, entertaining, yet professional course taught by people with experience and a passion for the outdoors."
— Nathan BWFA
I took your wilderness first-aid course last fall, and I just wanted to say THANK YOU. An incident occurred, and thanks to you, I was able to respond.
I was hiking with my girlfriend last weekend in the southern district of Shenandoah NP, and about 4 miles into our hike she took a bad step on a weird rock at a switchback, fell, and broke her ankle. She was in a lot of pain, we had two hours of light left, and we were 2 miles from the nearest fire road. She’s not an experienced hiker, and it fell to me to handle the situation.
Thankfully, I had taken your course!! I was able to quickly take stock of the situation. My first aid kit was fully packed, including a SAM splint that I was able to fit on her. I wasn’t surprised when she went into shock, and was able to respond effectively by covering her with sleeping bags and elevating her legs. Luckily, there were some other people on the trail, so I marked our location on my map, and sent them up the trail to get in cell phone range (the map had the emergency number). Most important, I understood the psychological responses of myself, her, and others. I tried, and mostly succeeded, to keep the situation calm, and not let a distraction lead to another injury (which, I came to realize, is very easy to do when you’re in such an excited situation).
The next couple of hours were a little scary, as we didn’t know how long we’d have to wait for help. We began slowly working our way up the trail, with a person on either side of her. That was hard, and in hindsight unnecessary, but we weren’t sure if/when help would come.
The Park Rangers and SAR team were excellent! I can’t say enough good things. We eventually had 6 of them, and they got her strapped into a stretcher. A crew of us got her out. It took a total of five hours, from the moment of injury until she was loaded into an ambulance for Augusta Medical Center. What made an impact on me was how, even under the best of circumstances (plenty of help, plenty of light, not too far, not too tough of a trail), it still took five hours.
Augusta Medical was great, they took good care of her. Diagnosis is a broken ankle, so she probably won’t be back on the trails until the end of summer at earliest. And I hope she does! It was supposed to be her first backpacking trip!
Again, THANK YOU for the training. I was never panicked. I knew that I knew what to do, knew what to expect, and I knew I had the gear we’d need. And damn if it didn’t turn out exactly like you said it would.
Keep up the good (and important) work!!
— Evan BWFA sent by email
"I strongly recommend the Wilderness First Aid course to anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency, not just in the wild, but anywhere. Saleena and Dave live and breathe this stuff and do a great job making sure you are equipped to handle any situation."
— Sean BWFA
"While continuing to offer its PATC curriculum Emergency Response Training has opened a new training facility in Frederick Maryland and expanded its course offering to include a more robust Wilderness First Aid course. The new course delves deeper into the subject matter while also offering a significant amount of hands-on practice and scenario training.
The new facility provides a great training environment, the course material was comprehensive and concise, and the practical hands-on and scenario training was awesome. The ultimate in Wilderness First Aid training and skills development."
— Bob WFA
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