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 in TennesseeWilderness 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.

What is wilderness?

For the purpose of emergency care, wilderness means any situation where advanced care and additional resources are out of reach or unavailable, because you are at a remote location (more than 2 hours or so from help) or because a major disaster has overwhelmed the medical system.

What will you learn in our Wilderness First Responder Class?

Environmental Hazards: You will learn about the effects of heat, cold, altitude, solar radiation, and lightning on the body: Prevention, assessment, and treatment.

Biological Hazards: Bugs, snakes, bears, aquatic hazards, plants, contaminated water: What they can do to you and how you can protect yourself.

Wilderness Wound Care: In a wilderness situation, you need to clean and disinfect wounds, and apply bandages that will stay on as the patient walks, skis, scrambles, or is evacuated out. So, you will learn and practice far more bandaging techniques than EMTs and other medical professionals do.

Burns: You will learn about burn hazards in the wilderness (wildfires and stoves), and how to assess and treat chemical and electrical as well as thermal burns.

Shock: You will learn how injuries or medical problems can interfere with oxygen delivery, and what to do about it.

Wilderness Fracture and Dislocation Management: You will learn how to align angulated fractures, reduce dislocations, and use various commercial and improvised splints for fixation and traction splinting.

Spinal Injuries: You will learn how to assess a patient for possible spinal injuries and (if possible) clear the spine. You will also learn how to align a patient with possible spinal injuries who is found in a bent or twisted position (seldom taught in EMT or paramedic courses), and do spinal motion restriction (SMR).

Medical problems in the wilderness: You will learn how to assess medical problems in wilderness situations, what you can do about them, and how to decide if they require an evacuation.

Pregnancy and childbirth: You will learn about pregnancy in wilderness activities, and how to assist with an emergency childbirth.

Life support: You will learn how to protect the airway, administer oxygen, and how wilderness situations affect CPR.

Wilderness extrication & transport: You will learn how to build sleds and litters to evacuate patients from the wilderness.

Patient assessment: You will learn how to do a complete patient assessment, including vital signs, physical exam, and getting a medical history. You practice using stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and pulse oximeters.

Improvise: Above all, you will learn how to improvise care with whatever you have or can find in the wilderness.


Contact us directly for scheduling. Cost $695.  Individual or group available daily. Group discounts available. 731-803-6175

Wilderness First Responder Class in TN
Wilderness First Responder Class in Tennessee
Wilderness First Responder Class