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The Mercury News recognized 30 students at the University of California Santa Cruz who completed a NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) recertification course this winter. Founded in 1965 by Paul Petzoldt of the 10th Mountain Division, NOLS has expanded to include the world’s leading wilderness medicine program.
“Today, NOLS’ wilderness medicine curriculums are used around the world to teach outdoor leaders and enthusiasts how to properly manage risks and keep both themselves and their travel companions safe.
The WFR class at UC Santa Cruz involved intensive lessons on issues such as frostbites, wounds and strokes, along with hands-on scenarios where students acted out emergency situations … As Special Programs Manager for NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Gates Richards, says, ‘The people who chose to take a WFR are those who are already predisposed to stepping up and acting in an emergency.’”
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