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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)


The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is a 10-day training that provides intermediate medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments. Through a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away. The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments.

Course Information


Key Topics Covered: The WFR includes a broad range of introductory medical skills and topics, including: patient assessment, shock, lifting & moving patients, head injuries, wound management & infection, musculoskeletal and spinal injury management, respiratory & cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic & allergic reactions, cold/heat emergencies, altitude, altered mental state, immersion & submersion, lightning, legal considerations, and more. Download Course Outline.

Course Duration: 10 days

Certifications Received: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR (Emergency Safety Care Institute)

Recertification Interval: 2 years

Prerequisites: 18+ years old (16+ with parent/guardian approval)

Course Format: Non-residential; students responsible for food/lodging; 8am-5pm for ten consecutive days with two evening scenarios and a one-day break.

Intended Audience: A WFR certification is considered the minimum standard for outdoor professionals working as guides, trip leaders, and outdoor educators; the course is also recommended for individual adventurers venturing beyond the realm of quick and easy 911 access.

Not what you're looking for? In addition to the WFR, RMI also provides: Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT), Remote Medicine for the Advanced Provider (RMAP), recertification and upgrade trainings, and a comprehensive listing of private courses for organizations.

For more information on prerequisites, certifications, and registration information, please see our Public Training FAQs.

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Five Stars: "I loved the WFR course I took with Remote Medical. The class was incredibly informative and really fun. The instructors were both experienced in wilderness/remote medicine and were able to use their experience to give advice that can only come from people who have seen it and done it (one had experience with both ski patrol rescue and downhill mountain bike patrol, one was a former army paramedic). The class has a good mix of lectures with hands-on practice (everything from taping ankles to diagnosing patients and giving intramuscular injections). If you're going to take a WFR class, definitely take it with Remote Medical!"

Five Stars: "The class was excellent. [The WFR] covers basic treatments of injuries and illnesses and evacuation, triage and incident command methodologies. The greatest benefit of the class is that you are taught how to think and respond in any emergency situation in a remote setting. The instructors definitely succeeded in teaching these skills through the lectures, scenarios and hands-on demonstrations. I would absolutely recommend this class to all outdoor professionals who want to have the basic tools to deal with medical issues in the field."

Five Stars: "This was one of the best investments I've ever made in furthering my outdoor skills and knowledge! I had a great time throughout the course and was able to meet some really terrific people. The instructors were fantastic and had really great teaching techniques. All in all I would highly recommend this course to anybody who spends anytime in the backcountry. The skills they teach go beyond just the backcountry though. This is knowledge that will help you help those who need it no matter where you are. Thanks RMI."
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