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Offered throughout the year through UNM Emergency Medical Services Academy:
The Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT-Upgrade course provides the student with classroom based and outdoor skill instruction. Upon successful completion of this 8 week, 72 hour course, students will be awarded a Wilderness First Responder course completion certificate from the UNM EMS Academy and a WFR certification card valid for 2 years from the American Safety and Health Institute. Students will also be eligible to obtain New Mexico EMS Bureau First Responder Licensure.
The coursework prepares students to take immediate, lifesaving actions that may be encountered in remote wilderness environments when professional medical help may not be available. This course also teaches participants how to manage lesser injuries commonly encountered during outdoor recreation until definitive care can be reached. This course is intended for adventurous individuals who want to be prepared to respond to injury and illness while travelling outdoors.
Summer 2013: June 11th - July 9th, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings 6:00PM-9:00PM with 4 Outdoor Field Sessions held throughout the term. See detailed schedule for details. Please click here for schedule.
Stay tuned for an online hybrid course offering launching Fall of 2013!
Jason Williams, BS, NR-Paramedic,
CiMM Program Director UNM Austere & Mountain Medicine
Jason Williams, BS, NR-Paramedic, CiMM Program Director UNM Austere & Mountain Medicine Jason is the Program Director for the Austere and Mountain Medicine division and at UNM. In addition he is the Program Director for the UNM EMSA Paramedic program. Jason is a co-director of UNM’s International, Improvisational and Wilderness Medicine Rotation (WIIM) for 4th year medical students. He also lectures at conferences abroad with the company Mountain and Marine Medicine, where recent conference locations have included Chamonix, France and Mt. Rainier, Washington. Jason has been involved with rescue for over 15 years and is currently a Rescuer Leader and past President of Albuquerque Mountain Rescue, an accredited Mountain Rescue Association Team. He is an avid rock and ice climber with experience locally, nationally and internationally. He holds a BS in Emergency Medicine and completed UIAA/ISMM/IKAR rescue specialty in Mountain Medicine in May of 2011 with Air Zermatt of Switzerland. Jason works part time with Beverly Mountain Guides with recent expeditions to the crystal caves in Mexico filmed by National Geographic.
Dane Abruzzo, BS, NR-Paramedic,
Dane Abruzzo is the newest addition to the Austere and Mountain Medicine faculty. He is a recent graduate of the UNM EMS Academy in spring of 2012 receiving a Bachelors of Science in EMS with a concentration in Austere and Mountain Medicine. He actively practices mountain medicine in New Mexico with the Santa Fe Ski Area pro-patrol as well as the Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. He has grown up in the mountains of New Mexico skiing, climbing, biking and exploring. He attended the the UIAA/ICAR/ISMM Rescue Specialty course held by Air Zermatt Alpine Rescue Center in September of 2012, and regularly attends wilderness medical conferences both nationally and internationally. Dane teaches WFR and WFA courses while also instructing paramedics, nurses and physicians as they complete their Certificates and Diplomas in Mountain Medicine as part of an internationally recognized mountain medicine curriculum.