WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER CLASS (WFR) & WILDERNESS EMT UPGRADE (WEMTU)
This Wilderness First Responder Class is a multi day/night immersion experience designed to provide personnel with the skillset and confidence necessary to operate in remote locations for extended periods. Students will eat, sleep, and learn entirely outdoors while placed in a scenario-based educational experience. Upon successful completion students will receive the National Association of Search & Rescue’s Wilderness First Responder Certification. This course is physically demanding.
Wilderness First Responder Class is a professional-level 80-hour course that is required for many wilderness outings leaders and guides, and good preparation for anyone who does serious wilderness activities. You will learn about environmental and biological hazards, injuries, and medical problems – how to assess and treat them in wilderness or disaster situations – and how to evacuate patients from the wilderness.
Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMTU) is a 40-hour course that adds the wilderness knowledge and skills from WFR to the urban-oriented training of those currently certified as EMTs or Paramedics. It can be taught as an independent class, or as a certification option in a WFR course. Graduates who are EMTs, OEC Technicians, or Paramedics receive a WEMT certification. All other graduates receive a WFR certification.
Scenario-based Wilderness First Responder Training
As soon as you have learned some skills in the course, you start doing realistic, role-playing scenarios, which help you put your skills together and develop your leadership abilities. So skills learning is cumulative, with each scenario integrating new skills into what you have learned before and the final practical exams for Wilderness First Responder and WEMTU are graded scenarios, which prepare you to cope with real wilderness emergencies.