View Full Version : Best place for First Aid training in Phoenix
08-25-2010, 05:54 PM
Thought the pros would be the best to ask. My family and I just moved here from Virginia. There are some amazing places to explore. You really don't have to drive far before you realize you are in the middle of no where. If something happens we are pretty much on our own. We pack the car with several gallons of water, cary some shade, and a very inadequate first aid kit, but thats not enough. Knowledge is the most important thing, and it packs light.
Contact your local Red Cross office.
08-25-2010, 10:57 PM
While the Red Cross is not the first group that comes to mind when I think Wilderness First Aid, some googling around shows that the options in Phoenix are suprisingly limited.
Here (http://arc-grandcanyon.axxiomportal.com/Education/course.aspx?sched=1&c=3374) is the link to the RC Wilderness First Aid course.
I think a basic first aid course is where to start. Should be easy to schedule and they're usually offered online too.
10-05-2010, 03:12 AM
I know this thread is a bit old but look into Wizard Education (http://www.wizardeducation.com/)
We use them for EMT-B/P refreshers and have several of our own members employed as instructors. I'm not trying to deliver a pitch nor am I an instructor, but I have been a student many times. They do an excellent job of teaching what you need to know to pass tests as well as applicable real world knowledge not written in a book. They have a wide base of courses and are based in the valley but travel across the state to teach.
I'd recommend a First Responder class at a minimum for anyone doing backcountry travel, Wilderness First Responder is a bit more specific and applicable though. The class is designed to teach you to be more creative with what you have vs. having the tools at hand like a clinical setting. PM me if there's something specific you're looking for. Hope this helps if you haven't already found something.
10-26-2010, 12:29 PM
There is a group of retired USAF Pararescue dudes that go all over the place teaching awsome survival/first aid/navigation courses, I took a downed aircrew class a few years back, excellent class. Trying to find their contact info.
Wilderness Medicine classes are great too.
Honestly though, get enrolled in an EMT-B course, it's usually a semester long, but will be a GREAT base for any further knowledge/courses.
10-26-2010, 02:53 PM
I've always recommended a Wilderness First Aid course as a basis. REI in Phoenix offers them frequently, and at 16 hours over two days, the time commitment is reasonable.
I you are interested in more training, then look into a wilderness first responder or EMT course, which are 40 hours and 125 hours respectively.
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