Wilderness First Responder

The WFR course is the most widely accepted standard in wilderness medical care for professional outdoor leaders or anyone responsible for the safety and care of a group of people in the backcountry.

About the Event

The curriculum uses the principles of long-term care, improvised resources and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning. The course was created to provide outdoor leaders and adventurers with the knowledge and skills needed... See more to deal with emergencies in remote settings. The course takes an in-depth look at the underlying physiology of common and uncommon emergencies that might be encountered in the wilderness context. It goes well beyond most first aid courses, particularly those that are oriented to “urban/street medicine.”

The primary components of the course include personal/group safety & hygiene, backcountry survival, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, documentation, trauma medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, long-term care, teamwork, organizing/improvising rescues, decision-making, leadership, judgment and prevention.

Teaching and learning processes during this 72 hour course include lecture and discussion, case studies, practical skill sessions, scenarios, and rescue simulations. Both indoor and outdoor classrooms are used. This course is based on a community-learning environment, where everyone participates and takes responsibility for the success of individuals and the class as a whole.

Objectives: Students should...
- Understand anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology at the WFR level of training.
- Become competent in personal preparation, safety, and hygiene in the outdoor adventuring context.
- Become competent and skilled in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness medical emergencies.
- Understand the role and limitations of wilderness first responders in pre-hospital emergency care.
- Understand the medicolegal issues involved in wilderness medical care.
- Become competent in wilderness survival/bivouac techniques.
- Become competent in improvising/organizing/implementing a rescue.
- Develop the competence and confidence necessary to function as an effective outdoor leader in the areas of group safety and management, medical care and basic rescue techniques.
- Understand that the WFR course prepares students for many aspects of outdoor leadership, but is not a substitute for experience in outdoor leadership and adventuring, foreign travel, technical equipment & environments, clinical patient care, EMS/Rescue and the use of good judgment.

Students are certified based on successful completion of the course. Students must attend ALL classes, participate fully in the skills sessions, scenarios and demonstrate excellent practical skills. WFR certifications are valid for three years (CPR certification must remain valid).

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Fee:  $550.00

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Since 1976, with the opening of the SOLO campus, a facility dedicated to providing wilderness medicine education at all levels, SOLO has been the undisputed leader in wilderness medicine. Still privately owned by the same people who conceived the... See more idea, designed the courses, and built a campus, SOLO now offers courses across the country and around the world.

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