POP-sponsored WFA & CPR Course: April 17 – 18 @Schweitzer Fire Station

Staying safe on the trail and in the backcountry means being educated in basic first aid. Once cycling and mountain biking season is underway, the chances of any individual outdoor recreationalist experiencing or coming across an accident in which a victim requires first aid increase exponentially.

To help keep the POP community safe, and to foster improved safety among all trail users in North Idaho, Pend Oreille Pedalers have partnered with local EMT and Wilderness First Aid instructor, David Ramsey, to offer a POP-sponsored Wilderness First Aid and CPR Course, which will be held on April 17th & 18th at the Schweitzer Fire Station.

What will be covered?

Course topics are: Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine.

For more information read the full course description from the Wilderness Medical Associates.

Who’s our instructor?

David Ramsey has taught for WMA since 2002 and has had the pleasure of teaching all over the US and many other countries including considerable time in Japan-where he met his wonderful wife! He works as the Special Operations Captain for Bonner County EMS in northern Idaho and operates as both a field practitioner working out of a chase car and a community paramedic trying to lessen the burden on the healthcare system. David also works with the local Search and Rescue team as a SAR K9 handler and is assigned with the Sheriff’s department as a tactical medic.

David enjoys riding his ATV and snowmobile (in their respective season), hunting, backpacking, and enjoying the three mountain ranges that surround his home. His two daughters have also caused him to become an amateur paleontologist as they have a growing interest in dinosaurs.



What’s it cost?

The two-day (16 hour) course costs $175 per person. POP is sponsoring the course, and will cover $75 of the tuition for current (2021) POP members who enroll. Non-members are welcome to join at the full cost of $175.

Member cost – $100

Non-member cost – $175

To receive subsidized tuition, make sure you have updated your membership for 2021.

Who can attend?

Anyone. The course will run with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 18 participants. Complete the registration form below to indicate your intent to attend the course.