News Release

Published on Friday, July 13, 2007

Western Technical College Black River Falls Campus is offering a Medical and Rescue Aspects of Aquatic Response course for area EMS and law enforcement professionals who may be on-the-scene first during a water related incident. This is the first water rescue course of its kind to be offered in the state of Wisconsin.

The Law Enforcement session, held Friday, Aug. 10, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., is designed for police, sheriff, and security professionals. The EMS session on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., is for paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and first responders.

The course is an introduction to the medical and rescue aspects of aquatic response through instructive and practical experiences. Swimming ability is not required, but participants will be taking part in aquatic rescues and scenarios. This course does not provide certification as a professional rescuer, however, participants will gain the core competencies.

The training is conducted by Midwest Surf Associates, a multidisciplinary group of professionals specializing in the field of aquatics. This collaboration emphasizes research, training, emergency aquatic response, and community awareness and safety.

For details or to register for the class, contact Western’s Black River Falls Campus at 715.284.2253. For information about additional programs and services at Western, visit the Web site at