Wilderness First Aid (2 day course)

Instructor:  Deb Ajango

Dates of the class: Saturday & Sunday, February 3 & 4, 2018

Time of the class: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm both days

One of the major benefits of living in Interior Alaska is being able to explore the vast wilderness on foot, skis, bike, snow machine, and 4-wheeler. But while we’re out there, stuff happens. If someone gets injured, help of any kind can be days away. So to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, we need to be prepared for a variety of injuries.

The Folk School is pleased to present a wilderness first aid course to help students enjoy the Interior safely and responsibly. The two-day course will be taught by Deb Ajango, an award-winning wilderness medicine instructor who has taught wilderness first aid around the world. She lives in Alaska and has extensive experience in remote parts of the state. She understands the unique injuries that can happen here.

The course will introduce the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with accidents and injuries when 911 is not readily available. It will cover assessment and management of the scene, assessment and management of life-threatening conditions, assessment and management/treatment of traumatic injuries, and the appropriate patient care for each. You’ll learn decision-making as it relates to delayed transport.

Here is the overall course schedule:


1. Basic Anatomy and Physiology
2. Assessing and managing the critical systems:

-Assessing/managing threats to the nervous system
-Assessing/managing threats to the circulatory system (includes bleeding, cardiac, and anaphylaxis)
-Assessing/managing threats to the respiratory system

3. Using the Patient Assessment System
4. Case study


4. Review of case study and discussion on initiating a field evacuation
5. Assessing and Managing Musculoskeletal (extremity) Injuries:

-Splinting and immobilization practice
-Treating stable extremity injuries

6. Wound Care; Bleeding, Abrasions, Burns, etc.:

-Wounds lab
-Preventing and treating infection

7. Assessment drills
8. Thermoregulation: Cold Weather Injuries

*The class does not included CPR training, since that is so widely available, letting us spend class time on wilderness-specific first aid.

**On Sunday, we’ll spend a little time outdoors, so please come prepared for that.

***The class will not lead to certification, since the course is targeted to recreational users rather than those needing training and certification for employment. The class will cover most of the same material taught in a certification class. If you would be interested in TFS offering a version of the class with certification, which would cost about $75 to $100 more, please let us know!

Maximum number of students: 18

Minimum number of students: 12

Age range: 18 and up

Prerequisites:  none

Location: The Folk School

Cost: $250 (members); $375 (non-members) Become a Folk School Member!

Contact: Deb Ajango: (907) 696-3490 or debajango@att.net

Pre-registration only:  This class requires pre-registration. Please register three weeks before the class begins. Registration will be closed after this time.

Cancellation Policy: Because of the nature of the preparations needed for this class, the cancellation period is a little longer than usual, and overrides our normal 14-day policy. Students who cancel their registration for this class more than 21 days prior to the first day of the class will receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Students cancelling their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the first day of the course are not eligible for a refund. If the Folk School Fairbanks cancels the course, students will receive a full refund.

To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).


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