Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.
The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas 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.
As part of our commitment to your medical rescue training, our instructors will teach according to your group’s backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.
This course is delivered over 8 instructional days with a minimum of 80 hours of instructional and practical time. Evenings should be reserved for study and required assignments, averaging 1-2 hours per evening. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies.
It is suggested that students not plan other activities during the course dates, as the course load is intensive.
The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house at WMA International by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.
- The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
- Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR-C, Basic Life Support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
- Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
- Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
- Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
- Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
- Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
- WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, BLS/HCP CPR in the remote setting, anaphylaxis and asthma.
Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of BLS/HPL CPR. Certifications are valid for three years.
All learning materials are provided at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
- The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
- Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A practical guide for the basic and advanced practitioner
- WFR Class Notes
- Wilderness Medicine Workbook
- SOAP Notebook
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Tundra Medical Resources and Wilderness Medical Associates International are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
Students must fulfill WMA's Functional Position Description for Wilderness Medicine Providers to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.