This is his third summer working in isolated areas of Alaska. He earned Wilderness First Responder certification at Northern Michigan University in 2013. He encountered only minor medical issues in the field, but understands that preparedness matters. Im grateful for the skills given the nature of what we do, Queen said. Queens father took notice and realized the value in bringing wilderness medical training to the Traverse City area. The northern Michigan environment is a wonderful place to explore. People are getting out more, getting deeper into the woods recreating and working in the woods more, said Bill Queen. That demand increases the likelihood something could happen far from help. As Northwestern Michigan College's extended education program coordinator, Bill reached out to Remote Medical International to provide two courses this spring addressing emergency needs of individuals, guides, outdoor educators, park personnel and others venturing to isolated areas. RMI instructors, "professionally trained active medical practitioners," Paediatric First Aid Training will teach the classes, which involve online, indoor and outdoor training. NMCs two-day Wilderness First Aid course provides an introduction to medical skills in which an emergency response is not required.