Emergency Response

Wilderness First Responder

Course Summary

Respond to low-resource medical emergencies

The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in austere environments, including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

The course teaches the critical thinking and focussed patient management required when self-evacuation is the only option. This puts the first aid provider in the position of being responsible for patient care for an extended period.

As a result, this course teaches in-depth medical concepts, with the goal being the understanding of a “systems-oriented” approach to patient care. Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, use of epinephrine for asthma, spinal clearing, CPR cessation, high-risk wound management, and reduction of simple dislocations. 

Course Details

Duration

8 days (80 hours)

Format

A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 14.

Prerequisites
  • 16+ years of age (under 18 years of age participants require written consent by a parent or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required
Price

$899

Recertification

Take our WFR Recert course.

Take our WFR-Bridge course.

Repeat the course.

Required Equipment

Notebook and pencil/pen

Watch with a second-hand for taking vitals

Indoor/outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather

Footwear for rough terrain

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification Card and Patch
  • Basic Life Saving (BLS) CPR Certification (Adult/Child/Infant)
  • Course Texts
FAQ

For more details about this course, including what to expect and how to prepare, please view our Wilderness Medicine FAQ.

Course Outline

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
    • Prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management
  • Patient Assessment and Emergency Care
    • CPR, AEDs, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma
  • Environmental Medicine
    • Assessment and treatment of altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion and toxins
  • Backcountry Medicine
    • Assessment and Treatment of common medical problems
  • Musculoskeletal Problems
    • Unstable and stable injuiries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations
  • Wound Management
    • Open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
    • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging and medical kit preparation
  • Patient Packaging and Transport
    • Improvised spine boarding and litters, litter carrying and management, and other carrying techniques
  • Simulations
    • Fully “moulaged” scenarios (realistic theatrical make-up and props)
    • Video-recorded for extensive analysis and debrief
  • Wilderness Protocols
    • Wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, anaphylaxis and asthma.
    • Conclusion

WILDMED TRAINING

Sept 29-Oct 2

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $499
  • Canmore, AB
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Sept 29-Oct 6

Wilderness First Responder

  • $899
  • Canmore, AB
Register

Oct 3-6

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $499
  • Canmore, AB
Register

Oct 3-6

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $499
  • Canmore, AB
Register
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EQUIPMENT

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TESTIMONIALS

Brad Danielson
University of Alberta

Our instructor was excellent. He obviously knew the material inside-and-out, and could run the class as a set of discussions and ongoing hands-on examples, vs. running off a set of powerpoint slides. He's a breathing encyclopedia of Wilderness First Aid, with a lot of first-hand field experience. Raven Rescue and Wilderness Medical Associates has the "wilderness" perspective of First Aid training really dialed in. This did not feel like Standard FA with wilderness considerations thrown in as an add-on - these guys understand and take seriously the type of remote field work that we geo-scientist types do in places like the northern territories.

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