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Outdoors Wilderness emergency, survival skills focus of MedWest course

MedWest Health System is presenting the course “Wilderness Emergency and Survival Awareness” Saturday, Dec. 10, at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center in Clyde.

The course provides an overview of what can go wrong in the back woods and how to do deal with it. Instructor is David Bradley, who has more than 20 years of experience in outdoor emergency response, first aid, survival training and instruction. The course is appropriate for anyone who spends time outdoors for recreation or work.

Topics to be covered include snake bites, large animal attacks, extreme heat and cold conditions, high altitude illness, transports and evacuation procedures, insect stings and bites, survival of natural disasters, aquatic animal stings and bites, and infectious diseases.

The course will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Dr., on the Med- West-Haywood campus. The class is open to participants ages 10 and up, but children between the ages of 10-14 must attend class with an adult. Participants can also earn one-half of a Continuing Education Unit through Western Carolina University.

Course fee is $30. Participants can enroll at the front desk of the MedWest Health & Fitness Center. Call (828) 452-8056.


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