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News: Weeklong Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course in Smokies, Jan. 2020.

News: Weeklong Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder course in Smokies, Jan. 2020.

Participants in a wilderness emergency medical responder training session are pictured next to the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Smoky Mountains.

Participants in a wilderness emergency medical responder training session are pictured next to the Middle Prong of the Little River in the Smoky Mountains.

 

Oct 9, 2019 

By Bob Fowler
Roane State staff writer

A weeklong course in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can lead to meeting national standards for Emergency Medical Responder training with an emphasis on wilderness conditions, said Kirk Harris, director of Roane State’s continuing healthcare and safety education.

The program, based at the Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont, will focus on special situations that may develop in the wilderness. The course is being led by seasoned Roane State instructors. It will be held from Jan. 5 through Jan. 12, 2020.

“Nestled next to the Middle Prong of the Little River, Tremont provides the perfect opportunity to retreat, study and enjoy nature with the convenience of a heated and air-conditioned dormitory,” according to information about the program.

The curriculum meets Tennessee EMS standards and participants will be eligible for national registry and the Tennessee state testing upon completion.

Meals and dorm accommodations are included in the fee, which is $926 for the public or $469 for the refresher courses. National Park Service employees pay $713 for the full course and $303 for the refresher.

Enrollment is limited. For more information, visit the GSMIT registration website, call 865-448-6709 or email mail@gsmit.org.

This program is very beneficial for outdoor enthusiasts, firefighters, park employees, youth camp workers, short & long term missionaries and outdoor guides, officials said.

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