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Wilderness First Aid Course Held in Charlottesville

Posted: Updated: Jan 12, 2013 07:28 PM EST

A course in Charlottesville this weekend is helping prepare people to respond to an outdoor emergency.

More than 20 people are taking part in a disaster and wilderness first aid class taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

They're learning how to respond to different scenarios such as helping someone injured in an earthquake or a kayak accident.

The instructor says these lessons can save lives.

"The first several minutes of anybody getting hurt can really make a difference if they get immediate, good care," said Matthew Rosefsky, a disaster medicine instructor. "By having this training you, or you can know that even your children - classes are for people 12 and up - know that will be able to care for somebody in those critical first few minutes, but also beyond that if it gets to be hours before the rescuers come."

The class costs $175 for the weekend.  Click here for more information.

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