WMC Course Curriculum

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

(80 hours, 9 days)

mountainsThis is a nationally recognized program that gives participants the training needed to respond to emergencies in remote settings. This course is designed to provide students with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Teaching topics include but are not limited to patient assessment and long-term treatment, wound management, extremity injuries (eg. fractures), medical illnesses, environmental injuries, with emphasis on injury prevention and decision-making. We offer FULL certification in CPR (C) with AED as part of this course.

This course usually runs over 9 days. There is a short exam at the end of the course and recertification is available for this course.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction
  • Scene Survey & Patient Assessment
  • Documentation/recording
  • Basic and Advanced Life Support (CPR and AED)
  • (A) Airway and C-Spine (basic airway techniques, protecting the airway, clearing the spine, spine boards)
  • (B) Breathing (assessment, artificial breathing, use of oxygen)
  • (C) Circulation (assessing, shock, fainting, managing bleeding, nosebleeds)
  • (D) Disability (CNS/Head & eye injuries)
  • Facial trauma & dental injuries
  • Chest, Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma
  • Extremity Injuries and Treatment (fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations, splints, dressings, wound care)
  • Wounds – bleeding, dressing and bandages
  • Hypothermia, frost nip, frost bite
  • Hyperthermia & dehydration
  • Immersion foot (Trench foot)
  • Lightning injuries
  • Burns
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Nature-fauna (insect stings, spider bites, snake bites, ticks)
  • Nature-flora (poison ivy and poison oak)
  • Drowning and Near-drowning
  • Avalanche injuries
  • Carbon monoxide inhalation
  • Altitude illness
  • Diving emergencies
  • Field water disinfection
  • Medical Illnesses (seizure, stroke, cardiac arrest, angina, asthma, respiratory infections, diabetes, acute abdomen & gastroenteritis, genitourinary, pregnancy issues, water disinfection)
  • Communication devices (advantages/disadvantages)
  • After Care
  • Emergency Prevention
  • First aid kits
  • Medical-legal
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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