Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Our most comprehensive wilderness medical training course, the 6 day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) has a growing reputation as a global standard in training for remote wilderness medicine. It is delivered in association with REC and modelled on the WMS's First responder Syllabus.

Course Covers:

  • Scene management and communication
  • Vital signs and patient monitoring
  • Airway and breathing problems
  • Major bleeding
  • Airway devices
  • History taking and patient examination
  • Shock, including anaphylaxis
  • Head and spinal injuries, spinal immobilsation and focused examination
  • Burns and wound care
  • Heat Illness and heat stroke
  • Advanced chest and abdominal injuries
  • Heart Disease, CPR and the remote situation
  • Advanced fracture, dislocation, sprains and strains management
  • Introduction to drug and medical gases therapy
  • Altitude Illness
  • Ear, Nose and Throat problems
  • Patient packaging and carries
  • Animal related problems, including bites and stings as well as tropical illness
  • Helmet removal, ring removal and nail trephining
  • Wilderness psychology and dealing with death
  • Medical Kits
  • Written examination paper

The Wilderness First Responder has a growing reputation as a global standard in training. This intensive 6-day course takes the Wilderness Medical Society’s First Responder syllabus and applies it to remote situations where evacuation may be protracted and complex. This wilderness medical training course is designed for those who work in remote locations and for those with support from another more experienced medic or online support from a doctor. Participants have included Mountain Rescue teams, remote exploration team members and expedition leaders. In order to attend WFR training, participants are required to have previously attended basic first aid training and to have a keen interest in outdoor activities.

The course is part of the REC scheme and on successful completion attendees will receive a certificate (valid for 3 years) certified by Remote Emergency Care.

We run the course once or twice a year as an open course for individuals but also often run it for organisations or groups.  We're always happy to talk through what you do and where to help you find the right course for you - don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

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From the basics, to advanced techniques, by getting hands-on experience I really feel not only that I learnt new skills but that I could use them in an emergency.

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