The Wilderness First Responder course was created with outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor professionals in mind. This condensed version of the course is principally geared towards those who are currently certified/licensed as EMTs or higher or have completed one of those courses. The WFR course offered by EMT Utah is the industry standard for most guide services and environmental education programs. It focuses on developing skills for recognizing and treating problems outside the “golden hour” of first response, under extreme conditions, where we are forced to improvise. Students will develop the hands-on skills and practical knowledge necessary for medical decision-making and critical evacuation in remote wilderness locations. We focus on teaching students to assess situations, improvise solutions using limited available resources to stabilize the patients, and identify the best way to get patients to definitive medical care.
Keep in mind that since much of the training occurs outdoors, certain practical skills may be practiced more or less thoroughly depending on the time of year. Skills meant for providing care in certain weather conditions or are only applicable during some seasons, cannot be . For example, the summer and warm weather conditions are more ideal for water-based emergency response training than winter conditions. For the most well rounded WFR training, take the course during both warm and cold weather seasons.
A deposit of $95 is required to register for the course, with the remaining tuition of $200 due by the first day of class. Payments can be made online by logging into myEMTUtah and visiting the Payment Portal. A Textbook is included and will be distributed on the first day of class. EMT Utah offers a WFR performance-quality tee (great for the outdoor training sessions!) for $20, available at registration checkout or through the Gear Shop. WFR shirt is optional and can be purchased during class.
The course includes instruction in pertinent legal issues, treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies (including fracture realignments and dislocations, frostbite, heatstroke, cardiac and respiratory emergencies, and bites and sting, etc.), documentation, and much more. Classroom sessions are reinforced with hands on practice in a variety of field settings, including a night rescue simulation to help solidify the new information.
Comprehensive written and practical exams are administered on the final day of class. 100% attendance is required, including classroom and on-site sessions. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be WFR certified. WFR certification is valid for three years, after which a condensed recertification refresher course is required.
CPR Certified (Course offered by Utah CNA Training Centers)
EMT or higher license/certification or completed a course for EMT or higher
Must be age 16 years or older
Classroom sessions are held at 1135 South West Temple, Salt Lake City. Practical sessions are held outdoors at sites identified in class. Click the ‘Salt Lake City’ Campus box below to view dates and register: