EKU’s Center for Wilderness and Outdoor Public Safety, housed within the Division of Natural Areas, is operated by the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science. The center aligns faculty experts and resources across the university to support inter-disciplinary programs in wilderness medicine, wildland firefighting, conservation law enforcement, search and rescue, and wilderness risk management. An Emergency Medical Care faculty member directs the center.
Our academic programs include:
- University Certificate in Wildland Firefighting (launching Fall 2023)
- University Certificate in Conservation Law Enforcement (launching Fall 2023)
- University Certificate in Wilderness Paramedicine (expected Fall 2024)
The center also delivers certification courses, available to the general public, in Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder, as well as specialized wilderness EMS training for EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Physicians, Athletic Trainers, and advanced practice providers in other healthcare disciplines.
Custom training courses are also available. For inquiries, contact center director David Fifer.