Wilderness First Responder

Started on July 23, 2024
  • Wilderness First Responder is an 8-10 day, scenario-based certification course providing industry-standard wilderness medical training to professional guides, ski patrollers, public safety, trip leaders, camp counselors, and those who regularly find themselves responsible for others in a wilderness or austere setting. Didactic lessons, case review, and high-fidelity simulation provide the knowledge and skill necessary to operate effectively in a wilderness or an austere medical emergency.
  • Topics covered include trip planning and preparation, medical kit design and development, anatomy and physiology, systematic patient assessment, triage, common wilderness ailments, medical emergencies, wilderness medicine treatment protocols, extended patient management, improvisational skills, evacuation decision-making, international considerations, the psychology of survival, survival skills, fundamentals of SAR, and team leadership techniques. Graduates receive certification as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider (AHA BLS®). (70 hours)


  • Optionally, graduates may also certify in American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (AHA PEARS®) following the conclusion of the course. PEARS® compliments the course curriculum, deepens pediatric-specific medical knowledge, and is highly recommended for those responsible for children in wilderness or austere settings.