Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The practice of the healing arts (including Wilderness First Responder) does not lend itself well to a cook book approach. There are endless variations in the severity and manifestations of injuries and illnesses, as well as individual differences in the way people respond. Add to this the variables of weather, terrain, modes of communication and transportation and you can see why a “one size fits all” answer to dilemmas you are likely to face in a wilderness setting is left wanting. The specific course of treatment will be tempered by the ever-changing conditions encountered in the wilderness. Wilderness First Responder training is a guide to making sound decisions under trying circumstances. To be able to do so, one must have a basic understanding of the underlying principles that support various courses of action.


Understand the pre-course material (given when you enroll).
If under the age of 18, you must have signed parental consent.

Topics covered:

  • Patient assessment
  • Backcountry CPR protocols
  • Shock
  • C-spine management
  • Advanced Wound management
  • Splinting
  • Burns
  • Lightning
  • Bites & Stings
  • Poisoning
  • Medical Illness
  • Gender-specific Problems
  • Environmental Illness
  • Documentation
  • Medico-Legal
  • Communications
  • Mass casualty/Incident Command System
  • Ideal for:

    • Adventurers
    • Guides
    • Camp Staff
    • Anyone who has people under their care (teachers, employers, etc)
    • Rescuers
    • Anyone who spends time in the backcountry
    • Frequent Travelers
    • Anyone who wants to be prepared for the worst


    72 hours (7 days)



    Check for availibility on the Course Schedule

    If you have already registered for the online/hybrid course, you may access the online classroom here (your username and password will have been emailed to you)

    Online Classroom