Practical Field First Aid
Note: Some photos on this page were taken pre-pandemic, see our safety statement below.
6 hours (9am-3pm)
Price per student $150
Methods: Outdoor Workshops, Field Demonstrations & Simulations, Hiking.
Who: Be prepared to help yourself or others. This class is for anyone participating in woodland/mountain outdoor activities, i.e. Mountain Biking, Hiking, Off Road Driving, Overlanding, Camping, Emergency Responders, Rangers, Utility Crews or anyone who may find themselves in remote terrain as an individual or group. Recommended for first time learning or those looking to refresh existing skills.
What’s Covered: This outdoor class covers first-aid topics in situations where professional help is not immediately available. The class focuses on how to apply first aid to common injuries occurring in woodland/mountain terrain. Injury topics include burns, fractures, penetration wounds, head trauma, airway obstruction, stings/bites. The program was developed by a US Army Combat Medic/Emergency Nurse, Emergency Medical Professionals and NORA to focus on first aid scenarios in a wilderness setting. Each module includes a review of essential items to keep in your first aid kit and how to properly use them.
Hiking/4WD Transport: The class leverages NORA’s rugged 75-acre private training facility to immerse the student in a realistic learning environment. The training group will hike to each learning station throughout the property. A hiking alternative for students with mobility limitations is available.
Pandemic Safety: For the duration of the pandemic, all demonstrations will be performed by instructors & staff, students will not have direct physical contact with other participants. All activities are outdoors. All participants will have their temperatures checked at the start of the day and COVID waivers will need to be signed. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and face coverings are required when participants are closer than 6′ outdoors.
Available as a public class, or as private customized group training (Contact Us To Schedule).
NOTE: This class is not endorsed by a national first aid training organization. It was developed using NORA’s award winning training approach of presentation/workshop/simulation combined with content from experienced emergency professionals. It focuses on practical first aid applications and follows generally accepted treatments for injuries. All presentations, workshops and simulations are held outdoors in the field, students need to dress appropriately for the weather. NORA also offers a two-day ASHI Certified Wilderness First Aid class, click here for more information.
This program was developed specifically for NORA by Nathan Christopherson, an Assistant Professor at the Hofstra School of Medicine. Nate is the Vice President for the Northwell Health Surgical Service Line overseeing system wide surgical operations, quality improvement, research, education, and community outreach. He received his BA in nursing from Augustana University and completed both his MSN (emphasis in nursing leadership) and MBA from Grand Canyon University where he was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International. Nathan completed his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Yale School of Nursing where he was inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi. Nathan serves on multiple national committees for research and evidence-based guideline development and is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Trauma Nursing. Prior to nursing Nathan was a NREMT–Paramedic and a licensed National Ski Patroller. In addition to his civilian experience Nathan served 14 years in the United States Military as a Combat Videographer, Combat Medic, and Trauma RN ending his career as a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve. During his 14 years Nathan deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2001 as part of Operation Southern Watch and to Iraq in 2003-2004 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.