WFR Wilderness First Responder

Hours: 72

The wilderness First Responder program is the most widely accepted standard in wilderness medical care for professional outdoor leaders including mountain and river guides, wilderness trip leaders, camp and outing club leaders, rangers – anyone who is responsible for the safety and care of a group of people in the backcountry. It takes an in-depth look at the underlying physiology of common and uncommon emergencies that you might encounter in the backcountry. It goes well beyond the WFA by taking a more detailed look at the mechanisms of injuries and illness – trauma, environmental issues like hypothermia, heat illness, high altitude disorders – and explores the treatment of other, less common, life-threatening problems like head and chest trauma and acute abdominal illnesses and injuries as well as bloodborne pathogens and infectious disease. Long-term care, decision-making, organizing the rescue team, and improvised rescue are covered in-depth. WFR refresher courses are also available.