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.

OEC to EMT Course @ To Be Announced
May 8 – Jun 6 all-day
OEC to EMT Course @ To Be Announced
The OEC to EMT course was created specifically for Outdoor Emergency Care technicians and Ski Patrol Directors who want to expand their knowledge and skills both on and off the mountain.  This course both recognizes the excellent trauma and rescue skills of the certified patroller and builds on that foundation by bridging the gaps between the OEC and National Standard EMT curriculum.  This first-of-its-kind course focuses on a deeper understanding of anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology,  medical emergencies,  urban rescue, ambulance operations, hazardous materials, mass-casualty incidents, triage, and much more. We have spread out the 80+ hours of course content over four weekends creating a reasonable pace. This course includes take-home quizzes, clinical experiences, and on-line lessons, allowing the certified OEC Technician to become an EMT in about half the time and about a third of the usual course cost. This course is designed to prepare students for the National Registry EMT cognitive and psychomotor exams for national certification. 80+ hrs., Sat/Sun, over 4 weekends. Click here to complete and application.