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Wilderness first aid basics - PLUS course offered

People who enjoy venturing out into the wilderness, but who want to be prepared in case of a medical emergency, can sign up for a Wilderness First-Aid Basics workshop at the Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center on April 4 - 5.

This 18-hour American Red Cross workshop focuses on dealing with major back-country emergencies, with additional training on the management of more common minor medical problems encountered outdoors.

CPR is recommended but not required.

Dr. Rod Erickson will discuss topics on outdoor hygiene, how to deal with cuts, sprains, strains, broken bones and evacuation strategies, according to officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Those successfully completing the course will be certified in Wilderness First Aid Basics by the American Red Cross.

DNR officials say that the $90 fee includes a Wilderness First Aid Basics workbook, a Wilderness First Aid Mountaineering When Help is Delayed handbook, a patch for those who successfully complete the course, and Saturday supper and Sunday breakfast.

Participants may stay overnight in the center's dorm either prior to, during or following the event for a donation of $15 per person per night.

Registration is limited to 20 people on a first-come, first-served basis and is confirmed by mailing in a registration fee by March 25. Checks should be made out to DNR Skills Center.

Include the name of each participant, and the address and daytime phone number of one person in each party.

Registration fees should be sent to: Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center, PO Box 156, Babcock, WI 54413. To check the status of a registration e-mail to:

The Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center is located 20 miles west of Wisconsin Rapids on CTH X, 1 mile north of Highway 80 near Babcock on the 9,000 acre DNR Sandhill Wildlife Area.