Resource and Industry

Wilderness First Aid for Field Services

Course Summary

Back 40. Backcountry. Back of Beyond.

We designed this 3-day course in cooperation with Environment Canada to address the specific needs of field personnel and others who work in remote locations, where resources may be less than adequate, and evacuation to a hospital is hours away.

This course is ideal for personnel in natural resource management, exploration, mining, and industry. The curriculum covers ice safety and rescue skills and knowledge tailored to field environments, including those who work in pairs or small teams. The course includes Adult CPR certification.

The curriculum includes consideration of government and industrial guidelines for providing first-aid in remote workplaces. 

Course Details


3 days (24 hours)


A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions


Minium 10. Maximum 14.

  • 18+ years of age
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required



Repeat the entire course every three years.

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
  • Adult CPR Certification
  • Course Texts
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification Card and Patch

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

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Basic Life Support including CPR
  • Circulatory System
  • Assessing Vital Signs Lab
  • Recording Information

Day 2:

  • Respiratory System
  • Nervous System
  • Lifting, Moving, Extrication & Immobilization
  • AED Use
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Mock Scenarios

Day 3: 

  • Thermoregulation
  • Patient Packaging and Hypothermia Wraps
  • Toxins, Bites and Stings
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical & Legal Aspects of First Aid
  • Workplace Health and Safety Regulations
  • First Aid Kits
  • Final Quiz


Oct 26-29

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $549
  • Busby, AB ( Camp Nakamun)

Oct 26-29

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $549
  • Busby, AB ( Camp Nakamun)

Nov 3-4 & Nov 10-11

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $549
  • Hamilton, ON

Nov 22-25

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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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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