Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The 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. 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 two different formats. The learning outcomes of both WFR curriculum delivery methods are the same.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The 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. 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 two different formats. The learning outcomes of both WFR curriculum delivery methods are the same.

WFR

The traditional WFR course format offers in-person instruction in a classroom-style setting over eight or nine days. Course participants quickly integrate into the WFR curriculum with a balance of lecture and hands-on learning. The days are full of targeted 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 knowledge and skills in the event of an emergency.

TRADITIONAL WFR

The traditional WFR course format offers in-person instruction in a classroom-style setting over eight or nine days. Course participants quickly integrate into the WFR curriculum with a balance of lecture and hands-on learning. The days are full of targeted 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 knowledge and skills in the event of an emergency.

Hours: 80

Length: 8-10 days 

Certifications: CPR, WAT, WFR

Prerequisite: None

Credit: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: A Total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT – EMT Recertification.

HYBRID WFR

The Hybrid WFR format offers 30 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by five consecutive days in the classroom. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a midterm exam. During the in-person, classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions.

The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a computer and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space.

HYBRID WFR

The Hybrid WFR format offers 30 hours of self-paced, online instruction followed by five consecutive days in the classroom. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies, videos, photos, animations, quizzes, and a midterm exam. During the in-person, classroom section, course participants integrate their knowledge via drills, skill stations, scenarios, simulations, and discussions.

The hybrid format works best for self-motivated individuals with good time management skills that have access to a computer and high-speed internet. This instructional format provides opportunities for course participants to learn at their own speed, during their most convenient times, in their own space.

Hours: 80

Length: 5 days + self-paced online component 

Certifications: CPR, WAT, WFR

Prerequisite: None

Credits: College credits are available when registering for a course sponsored by an institution of higher education.

CEU: A Total of 17 continuing education credits (CEU) can be applied towards the National Component of the 2016 National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) for the NREMT – EMT Recertification.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • URBAN VS WILDERNESS MEDICINE
  • WILDERNESS MEDICINE GUIDELINES 
  • WILDERNESS RECREATION LAW & LIABILITY
  • WILDERNESS RISK MANAGEMENT
  • WILDERNESS ANAPHYLAXIS TRAINING
  • GENITOURINARY ISSUES
  • MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESSES
  • COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
  • AVALANCHE BURIAL RESUSCITATION
  • PATIENT ASSESSMENT
  • BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
  • AIRWAY MANAGEMENT & ADJUNCTS
  • BACKCOUNTRY COMMUNICATION DEVICES
  • PROFESSIONALLY CALLING A RESCUE
  • BASIC VS EXPEDITION FIRST AID KITS
  • IMPROVISED LITTERS
  • PROFESSIONAL INCIDENT DOCUMENTATION
  • MICROMEDICS
  • COMPLEX TRAUMATIC INJURIES
  • DILOCATIONS
  • SPINE INJURY MANAGEMENT
  • VACUUM SPINE BOARD
  • COMPLEX BACKCOUNTRY MEDICAL PROBLEMS
  • BACKCOUNTRY MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
  • INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
  • LEADERSHIP & CRITICAL THINKING DURING AN INCIDENT
  • COMPLEX NIGHT SCENARIO SIMULATION
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID
 
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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)   (Course Overview)

DateCourseLocationOrganizationFormatCostRegister

2020-08-27 08:00:00Aug 27 - Aug 31, 2020

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2020-08-31 08:00:00Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2020

WFR Colorado Springs, COYWAMCOSHybrid
$73500Info

2020-09-08 08:00:00Sep 8 - Sep 12, 2020

WFR Leadville, COColorado Mountain College - Timberline CampusHybrid
$73500Info

2020-09-25 08:00:00Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2020

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2020-09-30 08:00:00Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2020

WFR Steamboat Springs, COColorado Mountain College - Alpine CampusHybrid
$73500Info

2020-10-12 08:00:00Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2020

WFR Salida, COSouthwest Conservation Legacy SouthwestHybrid
$73500Info

2020-10-23 08:00:00Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2020

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2020-10-25 08:00:00Oct 25 - Oct 29, 2020

WFR Glenwood Springs, COColorado Mountain College – Spring Valley CampusHybrid
$73500Info

2020-12-04 08:00:00Dec 4 - Dec 8, 2020

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-01-06 08:00:00Jan 6 - Jan 10, 2021

WFR Logan, UTUtah State University - ORPHybrid
$73500Info

2021-01-06 08:00:00Jan 6 - Jan 10, 2021

WFR Moscow, IDUniversity of Idaho Outdoor ProgramHybrid
$70000Info

2021-01-16 08:00:00Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-02-01 08:31:00Feb 1 - Feb 5, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-03-10 08:00:00Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-06-16 08:00:00Jun 16 - Jun 20, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-07-08 08:00:00Jul 8 - Jul 12, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-07-14 08:00:00Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2021

WWMP WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-08-04 08:00:00Aug 4 - Aug 8, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-09-16 08:00:00Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-10-13 08:00:00Oct 13 - Oct 17, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register

2021-12-01 08:00:00Dec 1 - Dec 5, 2021

WFR Leadville, CODesert Mountain MedicineHybrid
$73500Register