Wilderness First Responder Course


Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses are offered throughout the country, but this is the only one available in the beautiful, high mountain setting of Crested Butte, CO.  Your days will be packed with learning, but your evenings will be free to explore the numerous trails, peaks and rivers that surround the area … the perfect blend of wilderness medicine education and recreation!

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This WFR course is a 9-day training (over the course of 10 days) that provides intermediate medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments, a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away. The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments

Prerequisites: No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.

Certification: Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certification. Successful course completion earns you a WMI Adult & Child CPR certification and a WMI Wilderness First Responder certification. EMTs will earn a Wilderness EMT certification. All certifications are current for two years.

Learning for this course takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

The 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course will cover the following topics:

  •              Patient Assessment System
  •              Documentation
  •              Medical Legal
  •              Spinal Cord Injuries
  •              Long-term Patient Care
  •              Chest Injuries
  •              Shock
  •               Head Injuries
  •              Wilderness Wound Management
  •              Athletic Injuries
  •              Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  •              Dislocations
  •              Cold Injuries
  •              Heat Illness
  •              Altitude Illness
  •              Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  •              Abdominal Emergencies
  •              Mental Health Emergencies
  •              Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  •              Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  •              Diabetes
  •              Search and Rescue
  •             Leadership, Teamwork and Communication
  •              Communicable Disease
  •              Lightning
  •              Submersion
  •              Urinary and Reproductive System Issues
  •              Medical Decision-Making
  •              Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  •              Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits