Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standards for those who work in Florida and South Georgia’s wildlife, forestry, ecology industries as well as trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, outfitters, ski patrollers, etc. The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions. The WFR is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice.
Wilderness First Responder: $695
What is & is not included in the course fee?
$695.00/person includes tuition, training and course book for WFR course, certificate of completion good for three years and American Heart Association CPR training, good for two years. What is NOT included is room and board, meals, lodging, entrance to park (in applicable).
What do I need to bring?
Tailor your experience. What equipment would you normally have available in your own individual remote experience and situation? We encourage you to bring equipment specific to your circumstances, as we will use your equipment for scenario exercises. Such items might include: 1.) Items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip, 2.) sleeping bag and pad, 3.) t-shirts and/or 4.) Paddles and lifevests. NOTE: You do not need to purchase this equipment if you do not have, as this is only a suggestions. FOR CAMPERS: All personal camping equipment and/or recreational equipment (i.e., biking, kayaking, hiking, swimming, etc.)
What is the cancellation policy?
Client reserves the right to cancel with a full refund up to 30 days prior to the start date of the first day of training. Any cancellations within 30 days, all but a non-refundable $150 fee will be refunded. This $150 fee can be applied toward a future WFR training. Florida Outdoor Academy has the right to cancel within 7 days prior ro the start of each WFR training should we not fill each class with a minimum of six (6) registrations.
Is there an exam?
Yes. There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and written assessments/exams throughout the course. There will be an in-class, closed-book portion of the exam, where you will answer 7 essay prompt questions thoroughly. There is also an open-book, in-class portion where you will write an accident report, and an at-home writing assignment.
Topics on the WFR exam include: wilderness care for injuries (wounds, bone & joint injuries), heat illness, hypothermia & frostbite, altitude illness, and biological hazards: bugs, snakes, & water disinfection.
Do I get certified?
Yes. A WFR certification, which is good for three years and an AHA BLS certification which is good for two years.
Educational/Functional Job Requirements for Wilderness Medical Students and Providers
Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course.
Does the WFR count as continuing education?
The WFR typically counts as continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. Within the first year of completing a WFR, students may enroll in a WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get their WEMT certification (they must pass practical and written EMT exams). Call 352-727-4733 for further information.
- Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
- A & P of the Cardiovascular System
- A & P of the Central Nervous System
- A & P of the Gastrointestinal System and Genitourinary System
- A & P of the Integumentary System
- A & P of the Musculoskeletal System
- Abdominal Pain
- Abdominal Trauma
- Allergic Reactions
- Altitude-Related Injuries
- Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
- Bites & Stings: Animals & Plants
- Bivouac Skills
- Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease
- Body Systems: Anatomy & Physiology
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- Changes in Level of Consciousness
- Chest Pain
- Chest Trauma
- Cold-Related Injuries
- Common Expedition Problems
- CPR Considerations in the Remote Environment
- CPR Practical Exam
- Diabetic Emergencies
- Dislocations & Reduction Techniques
- Drowning-Related Injuries
- Environmental Emergencies
- Fractures & Splinting Techniques
- Group Preventative Medicine
- Head Trauma
- Heat-Related Injuries
- History Taking & SAMPLE
- Improvising Litters
- Leadership in a Backcountry
- Emergency Lifting & Moving Techniques
- Lightning-Related Injuries
- Long-Term Patient Care
- Long-Term Management of the Shock Victim
- Long-Term Wound Care
- Medical Emergencies
- Medical Emergencies and Patient Assessment
- Medicolegal Issues
- Mock Rescue
- Organizing the Rescue
- PAS in the Extreme Environment
- Patient Assessment System (PAS)
- Primary Survey: “The First Five Minutes”
- Prudent Heart Living
- Role of the Wilderness First Responder
- Secondary Survey & Vital Signs
- Shock & Bleeding Control
- Shortness of Breath
- SOAPnote & Getting Help
- Soft Tissue Injuries & Bandaging Skills
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury Management
- Splinting Practice
- Sprains & Strains
- Techniques of CPR & CPR Skills
- The Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis
- The Ten Essentials
- Use of Epinephrine
- Wilderness Stabilization & Bivouac
- Wilderness versus Urban First Responder
- Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam
- Wilderness First Responder Written Exam
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