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.
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), American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider
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.
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