4. Standard First Aid & CPR

Standard First Aid & CPR Training

Purpose: This course is designed to teach the student the basics of care and treatment of the injured person. Upon completion, the student earns a Wilderness First Aid and CPR card from the American Red Cross, or similar organization. To see Cal-ESAR's requirements for qualifying medical courses, please look here

FormatThis course is a hybrid course meaning there is a online and a face to face, hands on component. Candidates will be given access to a online course approximately one month prior to the class room, face to face weekend. Candidates are expected to complete the online material before showing up at the weekend session. The class breaks out like this..

  • WFA Online
  • CPR Online
  • CPR Hands On  (Day One, Face to face)
  • WFA Skills Instruction/Comprehension Test (Day One Face to Face)
  • WFA Scenarios (Day Two Face to Face)
You will not be able to successfully complete this class and receive certification if you do not complete the WFA / CPR online material and test before you get to class. The online component replaces hours of learning basic knowledge via PowerPoint lecture and devotes face to face time to knowledge review/clarification, advanced topic instruction, questions / answer and hands on scenario work.

Skills emphasized include: 

  • Rescuer safety
  • universal precautions
  • scene assessment & management
  • primary survey 
  • CPR
  • care and treatment of closed and open wounds 
  • fractures & splinting
  • heat & environmental emergencies
  • shock
  • transport of the injured
Online component- It is strongly suggested that you start this portion of the class immediately after Into Nav class.

Built into each module of the WFA course is a self test/review of the material in the module which addresses the key ideas.  At the end of the online course is a comprehensive exam which is drawn randomly from the pool of questions asked in the modules.  This exam has a minimum passing score.  Failure to pass the final calls for a retake with a different set of questions drawn from the same pool.  Second failure generates a new test.  Third failure invokes instructor interaction.  This test must be passed to qualify for the field work.

Prerequisites: None

Confirm attendance: Use this link to confirm attendance

Payment: Paratus Institue will be teaching this course for ESAR, with ESAR staff assisting in the hands on components. When you confirmed your attendance you were put on a roster with Paratus. To begin this course you need to do the following:
  • Use this link to register with Paratus and pay course fee of $150.
    • At main registration page;
    • Select upcoming courses > Cal-ESAR Wilderness First Aid and CPR > create new account > use your Cal-ESAR email is login ID. Create password
    • System will send you email confirmation
    • Click link in email to return to page where you select select Cal-ESAR WFA as your course.
    • Select payment option and pay. (credit/debit card or PayPal)
    • You are now enrolled in course and connected to course material.
  • You now have immediate access to the online WFA content
  • Access to CPR/AED content will follow in a couple days.

Date/Time/Location: December 9-10See December calendar below for time/location details.

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First Aid Kits

A basic First Aid kit is a mandatory piece of gear every individual must carry for deployment on any SAR mission. Here are a couple suggestions.
Standard First Aid kits are good starting points to carry as part of your personal kit. These items must be added to your kit for SAR:
If you have just one First Aid kit for your vehicle and your pack, consider customizing to handle trauma associated with vehicle accidents. Some suggested additions:

Handy Apps

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a schedule conflict and cannot make the course listed on training calendar, what do I do?

A: You are free to take any qualifying course at your convenience. A description of what courses qualify is described here

Q: I can only attend part of the class. What will I miss?

A: Contact the Training Director for options.

Q: I already have my certification. Is there a recertification option? Can I test out?

A: Contact the Training Director for options

Q: I am a physician/medic/paramedic/EMT/etc. Must I take basic CPR/1st Aid?

A: No. If you have equivalent or higher medical certification scan your Certificate as a PDF, name it "Last Name-First Name-First Aid Cert" and send the file to records@cal-esar.org. Notify the Training Directory by email your cert has been sent.

Q: When must I complete my CPR/1st Aid class?

A: You need your certificates before our OES swear-in.

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