Big Finish for WAFA Course

Big Finish for WAFA Course

30 Mar 2015

The Wilderness Advanced First Aid class hosted by the Sugar Valley Composite Squadron at Sugar Valley Airport graduated 18 students on 28 March 2015. The class met four times between November and March covering a comprehensive variety of topics from simple cuts to catastrophic injuries.

The final meeting on 28 March 2015 was a large practical exercise to test the skills learned over the duration of the class. There were victims from a simulated plane crash made up with moulage, which is a very realistic makeup, to portray their wounds. WAFA (Wilderness Advanced First Aid) students and ground teams then went in and treated the injuries and prepared the victims for evacuation to the next appropriate level of care.

WAFA trainees work with a volunteer victim with makeup simulating serious injuries.

WAFA trainees work with a volunteer victim with makeup simulating serious injuries (photo by 2d Lt Christopher Kosub, NC052/CPA).

WAFA class in front of the AirCare helicopter from Wake Forest Baptist Health.

WAFA class in front of the AirCare helicopter from Wake Forest Baptist Health (photo by 2d Lt Christopher Kosub, NC052/CPA).

There was also a visit from AirCare of Baptist Hospital, the medical helicopter, and a presentation by their crew about landing zones, types of calls and set up of the aircraft.They received a call as they were about to give a tour of the aircraft and had to leave. 1st Lt Grace Carnes stated, “This was a very successful class with hardworking, dedicated participants.”

Watch for future offerings of this class which is open to senior members and cadets who are at least 15 years old and have had First Aid, CPR, and Blood Borne Pathogen training. Also, see the summary video posted separately.

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