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Trip Summary

Course Location: Cornish, NH


Course Duration: 8 Days


Price: $745


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Trip Highlights

  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
  • American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification
  • 8 Days (Approx. 72-80 hours) of classroom learning and hands on practice
  • Minimum age for certification is 16 years old
  • Conducted in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire
  • Join one of our pre-scheduled classes or arrange for a private class for your group

Course Overview

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course is an essential course for people working or desiring to work in the outdoors.  Additionally, many people still live in rural settings.  Like the wilderness setting, these less-populated areas bring with them the difficulty of getting to definitive medical care in a timely manner.  Rural rescue squads, fire departments, and state and federal agencies are turning more and more to wilderness medical training to meet their special needs.  These days, even those in urban areas may encounter situations where they are unable to access 911.  During disaster situations, training in wilderness medicine may make the difference between life and death.

Our training is different from more traditional emergency medical and first aid training in that the emphasis is on how the body works; what happens to it when it has been injured or is ill; and the basic principles behind treatment.  By truly understanding basic physiology, the principles of emergency response, long-term patient care, and equipment improvisation, you will be more prepared to deal with non-textbook problems.  Each course is taught by a SOLO Certified Instructor.

This course is also well suited for anyone wanting to enjoy the outdoors more safely or seeking employment related to outdoor activities, such as:

Wilderness Guides Outdoor Enthusiasts
Weekend Warriors Camp Counselors
Mountain Guides Ski Patrollers
Group Leaders Rock Climbing Guides
Park Rangers River Guides

Course Outline

1.0          Introductions, Wilderness First Responder vs. Urban First Responder
2.0          Patient Assessment System (PAS)
3.0          Organizing the Rescue and Getting Help   
4.0          The Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
5.0          CPR Practical Exam
6.0          Shock & Bleeding Control                                          
7.0          The Anatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System
8.0          The Anatomy and Physiology of the Central Nervous System
9.0          The Anatomy and Physiology of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
10.0        Environmental Emergencies & The Human Animal - Heat and cold injuries
11.0        Environmental Emergency Practice - Lightening and Drowning related injuries
12.0        Animals that Bite & Sting
13.0        Environmental Emergency Practice
14.0        Medical Emergencies - Changes in Level of Consciousness, Diabetic Emergencies
15.0        Medical Emergencies - Chest Pain, Shortness of Breath
16.0        Medical Emergencies - Poisoning, Abdominal Pain, Group Preventative Medicine
17.0        Long Term Patient Care - Stabilizing and Bivouac
18.0        Mock Rescue - Debrief
19.0        Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam - Common Expedition Problems
20.0        Wilderness First Responder Written Exam - Closure and Graduation

You may also be interested in our Wilderness First Aid Course.