Save A Life Inc.

Paul Tarsitano is demonstrating an improvised leg splint on “Survivorman” Les Stroud.

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Wilderness and remote environments require specialized skills, equipment and training. Whether you are an outdoor recreation enthusiast, live or work in a wilderness or remote setting, or work as a professional rescuer. Red Cross offers specialized training to meet your needs. We offer three levels of training designed to meet your needs.

Remote First Aid – 20 hours


Suitable for individuals who live or work in non-urban, remote or wilderness workplaces or communities.


  • Remote workplaces or communities (2 or more hours from organized health care)
  • Wilderness (less than 3 hours from organized health care)

Planned Trip: Day trip

Care: Participants learn skills and strategies for providing care in a remote setting for up to 24 hours

Key Learning Concepts:

  • Planning, prevention, and situational awareness
  • Wound care
  • Environmental emergencies

Take Home Materials:

  • Wilderness & Remote Field Guide

Wilderness First Aid – 40 Hours

Suitable for those who wish to become professional guides, parks officials and/or work in fields such as recreation and ecotourism.


  • Wilderness (3 or more hours from organized health care)
  • Challenging environments with varied risk levels

Planned Trip: Expedition/Multi-day trip

Care: Participants learn skills and strategies for providing extended care overnight to a few days

Key Learning Concepts:

  • Prevention; health and wellness of the group
  • Leadership skills
  • Assessment
  • Extended care and decision-making around additional supports required

Take Home Materials:

  • Wilderness & Remote Field Guide

Wilderness First Responder – 80 hours

Rescuers who specialize in decision-making, evacuation, and transport in a remote or wilderness setting. Suitable for those who work in remote emergency services, remote worksites, ski patrol, search and rescue etc.


  • Challenging environments with varied terrain and risk levels
  • They are responding as part of a designated team in a targeted capacity where survival may be compromised

Planned Trip: Targeted rescue

Care: Participants learn skills and strategies for urgent evacuation and, at times, extended care (5+ days)

Key Learning Concepts:

  • Leadership skills
  • Expectation to provide care
  • Use of professional tool kit and resources
  • Extrication and rescue decision- making

Take Home Materials:

  • Wilderness & Remote Field Guide
  • Emergency Care for Professional Responders reference text
  • Emergency Care for Professional Responders Workbook (optional)

Other Courses

Standard First Aid 16 hours, includes CPR/AED.

Emergency First Aid 
8 hours, includes CPR/AED.

CPR: Infant, Child, Adult 
Lay people. 4 to 8 hours can also be incorporated in the First Aid courses.

Oxygen administration, suction, airway management a must for firefighters, nurses, and first responder/nursing students.

Stop the BleedWhat stops bleeding? In a STOP THE BLEED® course, you’ll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out: (1) How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound; (2) How to pack a wound to control bleeding; (3) How to correctly apply a tourniquet. These three techniques will empower you to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life. 90 minutes. 

Wilderness Survival and Safety 

Learn how to survival and prevent a Wilderness Emergency. Skills such as shelter building, fire starting, finding water, signalling, and preventing panic will be taught. You will also learn how to dress and build an emergency survival kit.

Ice/Swift Water rescue/High Angle
NFPA certified: Please contact us for more information!


Paul Tarsitano is the President and Course Director/Instructor of Save A Life Inc.
Is a retired paramedic and a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (W-EMT).

First Aid CPR Instructor Experience:

  • St. John Ambulance 1990 to 2018.
  • Red Cross 1990 to present.
  • Heart and Stroke 1990 to 2018.

Wilderness Survival Instructor Experience

  • Save A Life Inc. to present.
  • Survival In The Bush Inc. 1993-1996

Ice and Swift Water Rescue Instructor Experience:

  • ARTS Canada/Equinox Adventures 2008 to 2017

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Experience:

  • Save A Life Inc. 1998 to present
  • Canadian Red Cross

Search and Rescue Experience:

  • O.V.E.R.T Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team
  • Toronto Police Marine Unit 2004-2010 (Marine Medic)

Media Experience:

  • TV Host, community producer for “Wild City” on Rogers TV Toronto, 2013. 
  • Etobicoke Now segments on Winter Hiking, 2014.
  • Etobicoke Now segments on Snow Shoeing Humber River, 2014. 
  • More2Life, In Real Life, CHCH BT, City BT, 
  • Rogers {Ottawa, Kitchener), CFTR 680 news, 640 Charles Adler
  • 640 am Mike Stafford, 107.1 Mix fm, Weather Network, Canada AM
  • Body and Health. PRINT: Outpost Adventure, Adventure Magazine
  • North York Weekend Bancroft times, Survival This, to name a few..

Paul has studied with numerous agencies located in B.C. and Ontario. He encourages all students to broaden their minds by taking courses with other agencies that meet the standards. He has taught in high schools for over 20 years,
and numerous other agencies EMR, FR, WFR, First Aid, CPR, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Survival. 




During the courses you will be training with a similar First Aid Kit but with more items to practice with.


Save A Life Inc. prides itself with having a variety of AED trainers, manikins, and PPE for the participants to train with.


In both a Urban and Rural environment, improvisation is important. Here is an improvised stretcher actually used to carried out an injured dog on the Bruce Trail.


Treating hypothermia and transporting an injured person are important skills in a wilderness setting. Here is a hypothermic wrap using rope to help with transportation.


Starting a fire and building a shelter are essential skills if lost in a wilderness environment. Contact us for more information.


Carrying the “Ten Essentials” and knowing how to use them may save your life and others. A tarp is one of them. Here, it is protecting the group from the elements.