MHCC Offers New Class: Wilderness First Aid

Posted August 28, 2012 

While enjoying a nice, relaxing  hike in the Columbia River Gorge, one might not think it important to pack a first aid kit, or even the essentials to build a fire.  However, if you take a new course at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC), you will be convinced otherwise.

The class, Wilderness First Aid, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 2-30, 2:30-4:30 p.m. on the Gresham Campus, 26000 SE Stark St. To register, please call 503-491-7235 or visit workforce.training@mhcc.edu. Hikers, mountain climbers, fishermen and hunters will find the training useful – maybe even life-saving.

Instructor Mike Allen will cover basic first aid skills that outdoor enthusiasts may need in a remote wildlife setting. “Anything can happen at any time,” says Allen, “and I want to make sure students are prepared for any situation they may encounter.” 

Allen has spent a lot of time in the wilderness, including trips into the forest with only a knife. He made traps, acquired water, found food and generally lived off the land.

Campus Woods to Serve as Classroom

The course will take place in the lush woodlands located on the east side of campus and will also include some lecture time in a classroom.  “We are going to be outside quite a bit,” he says. “I like to put a lot of excitement into my classes and I can’t wait to share my experiences as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and working with Multnomah County Search and Rescue.” 

He plans to teach students how to assess their own, and others’ injuries. Some topics of interest will cover shock, heart attack, head and neck trauma; and brain, spine and bone injuries. He will also cover lightning strikes, altitude sickness and water submerging scenarios.  

This course teaches students how to make a fast shelter to get the injured person out of inclement weather, treat his or her injuries to be ready to be transported and the importance of finding water if it looks like help will not arrive promptly.

By Amber Patton 

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