The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is considered the standard medical certification for guides, outdoor educators, trip leaders, and anyone serving as the first point of care in remote areas. The Hybrid Wilderness First Responder (H-WFR) course combines 20-30 hours of online coursework with five days of onsite training to provide intermediate medical skills to individuals working or playing in a remote or wilderness setting.
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 H-WFR includes National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification for Michigan courses only. Due to the nature of the eLearning component of this class, it is geared towards self-directed and self-motivated learners who have experience in a virtual classroom setting.
5 days onsite, 20-30 hours of online coursework prior to the course.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR (Emergency Care and Safety Institute), NREMT Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) – Michigan courses only.
3 years (WFR); 2 years (CPR)
18+ years old
Minimum Technical Requirements:
Students must be able to complete eLearning coursework on a computer that is able to use Adobe Flash Player and use one of the following browser versions: Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Mozilla 3.5 and above, Google Chrome 1.0 and above, or Safari 4.0 and above.
Public Course Format:
Non-residential; students responsible for food/lodging. Please refer to schedule provided in student letters.
Accompanying Medical Kits:
Any of our basic level medical kits would complement this course and give students the tools necessary to utilize their new medical skills. View kits here.
Key Topics Covered:
The H-WFR covers legal considerations, patient assessment, lifting and moving patients, altitude, immersion, submersion, lightning, and altered mental states. The course curriculum also educates students on how to successfully manage shock, head injuries, wounds, infection, musculoskeletal and spinal injuries, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic and allergic reactions, cold and heat emergencies, and more. Download course outline here.
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