HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Some Michigan Tech students were out in the cold and the snow Friday, but not for fun. They're training to be Wilderness First Responders, or W.F.R.s.
It's a 5 day course where trainees learn how to treat wounds, hypothermia, and other medical emergencies while in the woods. The course is taught by Wilderness Medical Associates.
During Friday's field lesson, students were required to rescue two stranded hikers using hypothermia wraps made from blankets, a tarp, and rope.
“After I took this course, I never viewed going outside the same. There's always an angle of how can we do this safely. If something were to happen, how do we fix it?” said John Winkler, W.F.R. Teaching Assistant. “As amazing as the outdoors is, it can be very dangerous. You just need to be aware of what you're doing and where you are and how to get help if you need it.”
At the end of the course, each passing trainee is certified for 2 years in CPR and epinephrine administration. The class is offered every year the week before Michigan Tech's spring semester.