On May 26, 2013, eighteen solidly competent WFRs were certified and sent off into the world after a particularly fun and exciting course out in Murfreesboro, TN.
While most of the lessons took place in the beautiful and renowned Recreation building on MTSU’s campus, a couple of the bigger scenarios took us to the Wilderness Station at nearby Barfield-Crescent Park. The winding wooded trails led students to an incredible array of mossy boulders and deep rock crevices that became the site of a mock hot-air balloon crash, where the entire class had to act fast and act together to rescue multiple patients with critical injuries. Students had to battle steep terrain, slick mud, ominously overcast skies and even a brief downpour while they performed thorough assessments and and life-saving interventions before actually having to carry patients out of the woods to definitive care.
The class returned to the Wilderness Station later in the course for an extended evening rescue, which took place further down the trail and even deeper in the woods – and under the light of a full moon! Overall, the week was filled with incredible weather, countless learning opportunities and thoughtful classroom discussions that really showed the instructors just how committed the students were to the whole experience. We wish you all the very best in all your adventures from here on out – and don’t forget, the learning never stops. Keep those questions coming, champions!
-Laura and Scott