Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The 80-hour WFR course is the standard level of training for professional outdoor recreation industry field staff that work multi-day, overnight trips in remote environments. Most importantly, this training will prepare individuals to prevent many environmental illnesses and proactively manage pre-existing conditions in the field in order to minimize negative outcomes. Participants will also develop strong patient assessment skills, learn how to provide extended patient care in austere environments and adopt treatment tools to stabilize life-threatening conditions.
Students will develop the confidence to professionally call in a rescue in the event of a backcountry emergency and manage the evacuation of a medical or trauma patient.

We offer our WFR course in three different formats. The learning outcomes of all three WFR curriculum delivery methods are the same.


Our Standard WFR is an intensive course delivered in eight consecutive days in the classroom and/or field site. Students are quickly integrated into the WFR curriculum with a balance of lecture and hand’s-on learning. The days are packed with energetic lectures, skills stations, scenarios, drills, simulations, and discussions. The intensity of this course allows for camaraderie and strong teamwork to develop quickly throughout the group. In turn, this simulates the dynamics of a true backcountry expedition and reveals how individual group members would utilize their newly learned skills in the event of an emergency.


Our Hybrid WFR is best for those who are remote or limited in the amount of time they can be on site. This course offers 30 hours of online learning and five consecutive days in the classroom and/or field site. Course participants must complete the self-paced, online material before the first classroom section. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a mid-term exam. During the intensive 5-day classroom and/or field section, the students practice the various material learned online with a DMM instructor-led team via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions.


Our semester WFR utilizes a typical college course structure, with two 4-hour classes twice a week, and two weekend field sections within a semester. For students taking concurrent college courses, the WFR course is integrated into your course load for that semester. The curriculum is delivered at a slower pace, first allowing students to process new information learned throughout the week, then demonstrating the newly learned skills a few days later. A balance of lecture and hands-on learning occurs during the week, while scenarios, drills and simulations offered during the weekend field sections. This course is usually offered for credit.

Additional Information

  • All of our classes are nationally recognized and thus have direct reciprocity for recertification with all wilderness medicine training organizations across the United States
  • Upon successful completion participants will receive:
    1. WFR card valid for 3 years
    2. CPR card valid for 3 years
    3. Wilderness Anaphylaxis Card (WAT) valid for 2 years
  • College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for NREMT recertification. Our WFR course counts towards 18 CEUs.
  • NREMT Recertification
    • Airway Management 2.5 hours
    • Patient Assessment 3 hours
    • Medical/Behavioral 4 hours
    • Environmental Emergencies 2.5 hours
    • General Pharmacology 2 hours
    • Trauma 4 hours


  • None

Course Outline

Course Location Price
WFR 02/14/2018 - 02/18/2018 Utah Conservation Corps Logan, UT $695.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 03/10/2018 - 03/14/2018 OARS - Moab, UT Moab, UT $675.00 (USD) Register
WFR 03/10/2018 - 03/17/2018 Deep Springs College Big Pine, CA $695.00 (USD) Register
WFR 03/19/2018 - 03/23/2018 Desert Mountain Medicine Leadville, CO $695.00 (USD) Register
WFR 03/23/2018 - 03/30/2018 Southwest Conservation Corps. Durango, CO $695.00 (USD) Sold Out
WFR 04/09/2018 - 04/13/2018 Desert Mountain Medicine Leadville, CO $695.00 (USD) Register
WFR 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2018 Desert Mountain Medicine Leadville, CO $695.00 (USD) Register
WFR 05/09/2018 - 05/13/2018 Utah State University Logan, UT $700.00 (USD) Register
WFR 06/07/2018 - 06/11/2018 Desert Mountain Medicine Leadville, CO $695.00 (USD) Register