Wilderness First Responder

Preparing for an expedition to Everest. Photo: Bill Kane

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the standard for outdoor leaders, guides, outdoor educators, those who plan to be far off the beaten path, for longer periods of time.  The WFR offers a comprehensive understanding of how to handle injury/illness in remote settings while focusing on the types of problems that are most common (and less common). 

Students are taught how to assess people to find what is wrong, how bad it is, and what to do about it…in wild places, far from help, with improvised gear.  Learn how to treat serious airway/respiratory problems, resuscitation, bleeding and shock, long-term wound care/blisters and infection prevention, sprains,, fractures, dislocations, bites & stings, injuries of heat and cold, altitude, organizing a back-country rescue, litter building, and much more. 

The course is taught under the recommended curriculum guidelines of the Wilderness Medical Society following the new National EMS Education Standards.  An integral part of the course presentation is the preparation of the student to be an outdoor leader, with a foundation in understanding why people get hurt/sick in the wild and how to prevent it.  The 75+ hour course uses a blend of lecture, interactive group sessions, skill labs, scenarios, and mock rescues.   The course finishes with both practical and written exams, allowing the student to earn their Wilderness First Responder Certification.  Typically 8 days and two evenings.

Jan
28
Tue
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) @ North Conway Fire/EMS
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 30 @ 10:00 pm
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) @ North Conway Fire/EMS
An EMT certification is the entry-level for licensed Emergency Medical Services provider and the first step toward a career in EMS. This course stresses a greater depth of knowledge about the anatomy and physiology of the body and how sickness and injury affect people. Most importantly the increased care and treatments available to stabilize people in emergent situations. The format of this course stresses the application of skill through scenarios, minimizing time spent in lecture. It prepares the EMT to offer a higher level of emergency care at the scene and to work as a full team member on the ambulance. This NH state-approved course is taught under the new National Education Standards for EMS. Includes simulation lab experience. Click here to register!
Mar
28
Sat
OEC to EMT Course @ New London Hospital
Mar 28 – May 3 all-day
May
16
Sat
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) @ Lakes Environmental Association Science Center
May 16 – May 23 all-day

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the quintessential wilderness medicine certification enabling rescuers to deliver expert care far into the wild. Also known as “Woofers”, a WFR certification will allow outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts to assess, treat, and rescue the sick and injured from potentially dangerous wilderness environments. Click here to register.

May
23
Sat
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) @ University of New England - Biddeford Campus
May 23 – Jun 13 all-day
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) @ University of New England - Biddeford Campus

The Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course is a comprehensive, evidence-based wilderness medicine course that prepares the student to manage injuries and illnesses far from help. The accelerated 3-week schedule allows students to be full-time learners, completing the 180+ hour curriculum with minimal interruption.  Classes Monday through Saturday with 9 hours of blended hands-on and classroom time. Clinical experience is gained with 911 ride-along and emergency room rotations during evenings and weekends.  Instruction is a dynamic combination of lecture, skill labs, scenarios, mock drills, team-building, and on-line study. The instructors have decades of experience in wilderness and expedition medicine. This course prepares the student for the National Registry exams and Nationally recognized certification. Click here to register for this course!

Jun
20
Sat
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) @ Lakes Environmental Association Science Center
Jun 20 – Jun 21 all-day
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) @ Lakes Environmental Association Science Center

The 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course is the entry-level of emergency care for outdoor leaders and wilderness enthusiasts. During this course, you will learn how to assess a sick or injured person, determine what is wrong, initiate life-saving treatments, and make the decision whether to evacuate. A WFA certification is often required to lead groups on trips and at camps. This course is taught to meet or exceed Wilderness Medical Society standards and guidelines. Click here to register!