The Wilderness First Responder course was created with outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor professionals in mind. This class is principally geared towards lay providers, with little to no actual medical experience and/or training, and 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 patients, and identify the best way to get patients to definitive medical care.
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, bites and stings, 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.
This 80-hour course can be structured to the specific needs of your group. It can be held at our training facility or we can come to you. Give us a call to further discuss your needs if your group would like to arrange a private course.
- Must be BLS CPR certified by the first day of class (EMT Utah offers this course regularly)
- Must be 16 years of age or older
- Must be proficient in English (written and oral)
- Physical capability to hike, carry, lift, and train in rough terrain and environments outside the classroom
Tuition & Fees:
The course costs $599. A deposit of $199 is required to register for the course, with the remaining tuition of $400 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 performance-quality WFR tee (great for the outdoor training sessions!) for $20, available at registration checkout or through the GearShop. The WFR shirt is optional and can be purchased during class, as well.
Classroom sessions are held at 1135 South West Temple, Salt Lake City. Practical sessions are held outdoors at sites identified in class.
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