Quest offers wilderness first aid course at BU

For Immediate Release

Date: March 4, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—The Quest Outdoor Adventure and Leadership training program will offer a wilderness first aid course Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. The course will be taught by instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute, a branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School, including Brett Simpson, Quest’s associate director who is also an instructor for Wilderness Medicine Institute.

The wilderness first aid course is designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts, leaders, guides and rangers with an introduction to first aid and patient care in remote settings. Topics include wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and environmental emergencies. The instructors will emphasize the principles of treatment and decision making, not the memorization of lists. 

The course, which does not include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is open to all levels of training and experience. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn two-year wilderness first aid certification from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School. 

The $150 fee covers all classroom materials and resources. For information, contact Simpson at (570) 389-4323 or

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.