Brian's Wilderness First Responder Class
Organized by: Brian Ruesch
EVENT DATE Dec 16, 2015
As part of graduating from SUU, I have to complete an Edge (Education Designed to Give Experience) project where I experience "learning beyond the classroom." For my project, I have chosen to take a short but intensive, hands-on class in handling emergency medical situations in a wilderness environment. The class I am interested in taking will certify me as a Wilderness First Responder, or WFR. Given my career goal of working either as a park ranger or wildland firefighter, as well as the inordinate amount of time I already spend outside, I feel that this class will equip me in a variety of valuable ways.
First of all, if I do get a job working in the aforementioned capacities, there is no doubt that the training I will receive through a WFR course will be put to use at some point, and could result in me saving someone's life. However, even if I work in an office for the rest of my life (which I sincerely hope I do not), given my love for the outdoors, it is still fairly likely that a class like this could help me to save someone's life, or my own. Beyond these primary motivators for receiving the certification, this class will also give me an opportunity to meet others who are working, or will be working in an outdoor-related field, which is what I ultimately want to end up in. Thus, the social environment that I will enter into while taking this class should be very beneficial for me as a future professional.
The class I am hoping to attend is in San Diego, from December 16th through the 20th, and is offered by Wilderness Medical Associates International. December is the only time I can attend this class because the rest of the year, until I graduate, I will have classes through SUU, and as mentioned above, this project must be completed before I graduate. I have chosen to attend a class in San Diego, as opposed to one in Colorado or elsewhere because it is one of the closer locations to me in Utah, and weather should be fairly benign. To save costs, I will be camping while attending the class. In addition, I have chosen the more condensed, 5-day format for the class to further reduce expenses and minimize my time away from work.
Unfortunately, this class is still well out of my price range. As you can see on this site, the cost of the course, not including camping, travel or food, is $679. With my other expenses for SUU, rent, food and textbooks, I don't see how I can set aside this much money to pay for the course. That's why I am asking you, my friends and family, if you would be willing to donate any of your hard earned money to help me attend this course. I have set the fundraising goal at $679, because I believe I can set aside enough money to pay for the gas, food and camping fees if the tuition goal is reached. Thanks for your time! -Brian Ruesch