Trisha Jones, (left) and Wij Galloway (right) practice their bandaging and splinting skills on William Golden during the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course at the Topanga Christian Fellowship Church in July.
In a major disaster, our familiar surroundings will become a wilderness. Now is always a good time to learn medical survival skills for when the urban becomes wild!
The official 16-hour Red Cross Wilderness First Aid certificate course, with extra added activities, will take place on two Saturdays, Sept. 28 and October 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga CA 90290. The cost is $150 per person, cash or check only.
This is a class that can save your life or the lives of your friends and loved ones. I took the class in July and it was one of the best courses Ive ever taken.
In a combination of classroom discussion and hands-on training, we learned the basics of wilderness survival and first aid in the field. In just two successive Saturdays, we went from novices to folks who can bandage and splint an injury on the trail! We were taught how to stock first aid kits; how to assess people for shock and heart attack, chest injuries, head, neck and spinal injuries; allergies and how to use an Epi-Pen. The following week we learned how to dress wounds, apply splints, lift bodies for evacuation and take care of burns, abdominal injuries, hypothermia and heat-related injuries. Hands-on exercises reinforced knowledge to the extreme.
Credit should go to the outstanding instruction by Brad Davis and Theresa Odello. Davis is certified by the International Association of Emergency Managers and has been the Emergency Services Coordinator for the City of Malibu since 2003. Theresa Odello is certified as a Parks and Recreation professional through the National Parks and Recreation Society.
For more information or to register for the class, contact Brad Davis: (310) 804-9988; or email@example.com.