This is a 5-day Hybrid course with a significant online portion that MUST be completed prior to attending the in-person dates selected.
The online portion is taking most people an average of 30 hours, so plan for that. You may want to start earlier, in case there are questions or issues.
We recommend starting the online portion NO LATER THAN a month prior to your in-person dates–most people will not be able to cram the information in the week before the in-person segment, and you will be more successful if you give the information time to digest.
Are you a professional or leader that works in an outdoor or low-resource environment? Are you more than two hours away from definitive medical care? If so, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course is for you!
The Wilderness First Responder Course is medical training for anyone that works in remote areas (which includes Search and Rescue teams, Military, Disaster Relief Personnel, Outdoor Educators, Guides, Trip Leaders, and anyone that wants to be able to manage medical emergencies in an austere environment). While the course is focused on the practical application of skills, students will be introduced to detailed background knowledge and medical terminology.
The knowledge gained from this class will impart the student with the basic skills and background knowledge to be able to assess and manage medical issues in the backcountry (and many other limited resource environments).
The lead instructor has been presenting these courses in beautiful Taos New Mexico for 30 years. The course will be conducted in a COVID safe manner with multiple, very experienced, instructors.
The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence-based research and review contribute to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in the backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting-edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.
- The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
- Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic Life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
- Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
- Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
- Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
- Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
- Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
- WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.
Whittington Center (Raton, NM)
Lodging at Whittington is handled by Whittington. They are offering a discount for students of this course. Call 800-494-4853 or 575-445-3615 Ext 207 and mention you are in the Spring WMAI Wilderness First Responder Course.
Food will not be provided, but the onsite lodging does have cooking facilities. Plan on bringing your lunch, it would be extremely challenging to make it to Raton and back on the lunch breaks.
This section will give notes specific to the course dates–each course is slightly different.
March 7th, 2022
IN-PERSON Start Date is March 7th, 2022. It runs through March 11th, 2022. Plan on full days through the last day of the course.
You will need to do the online portion PRIOR to arriving on the 7th. We recommend starting the online portion NO LATER THAN 1st of February.