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Black Hills State University outdoor education majors, (left to right) Justin Colvin, sophomore from Sac City, Iowa; Kendra Knapp-Meidinger, junior from Hulett, Wyo.; and Dawn Gibeau, junior from Rapid City, practice skills they learned while participating recently in the Wilderness First Responder Course at BHSU. The course was designed to teach participants how to make critical medical and evacuation decisions while in remote settings.
Black Hills State University students, along with community firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and outdoor guides, recently completed an 80 hour Wilderness First Responder Course. 
 The course included class time, practical skills sessions, case studies and outdoor scenarios designed to challenge participant’s knowledge and decision making abilities. It was designed to teach participants how to make critical medical and evacuation decisions while in remote settings, and concluded with a mock rescue scenario where students had to treat multiple wounds and create a temporary shelter.
 The program was sponsored by the BHSU outdoor education program and instructed by the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medical Institute.