MALIBU—The city of Malibu will be offering a Wilderness and Remote First Aid training class on Saturday, June 22 and Saturday, June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Malibu’s City Hall located on 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

The American Red Cross class focuses on survival in wilderness and remote areas in addition to urban disasters like earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides. The classes will give students the foundational skills necessary for action in cases where emergency personnel cannot respond immediately.

The fee to cover the course and class materials is $170, which will go entirely to Soteria Training Services. Students are asked to bring a hat, chair, sunscreen, and water as a portion of the class will be held outdoors. The American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid courses are based on curriculum developed by the Boy Scouts of America.

According to the Wilderness Training Medical Center, the ARC Wilderness and Remote First Aid classes may have some pros and cons.

“When it’s all said and done, if cost is your only or primary objective, then consider the ARC course. If your goal is to get certified so you meet your organization’s first aid requirements, this may do it. If your goal is to be prepared to prevent, assess, and treat an injury or illness in the outdoors, you are better off with a course taught by a professional wilderness medicine provider whose course meets or exceeds the minimum set forth in Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice document. It’s worth remembering that when choosing a Wilderness First Aid course, like most other things in life, you typically get what you pay for,” states a blog post titled “The Pros & Cons of the American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Course” published on their website  in 2016.

For those interested in joining the class, contact Sandy Hardy at Payment by cash or check can be made payable to Soteria Training Services and is due at the first class.