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Wilderness First Responder Certification Course


Description ~ Designed for Whom? ~ Overview ~ Why THIS Instructor ~ Calendar ~ Certification ~ Topics



     The WFR topics list 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 the two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively including topics not covered in the WFA course, Instructor Matt Rosefsky starts out each topic with a shared-learning discussion on prevention, and there is much more hands-on practice.  Learning by doing is powerful.  You will do, and hence learn, much more.
     CPR certification is offered as an optional evening-time add-on during the class for those who don't have it or want a refresher.  CPR certification is required for the WFR certification to be valid.


Who is this Course Designed For?

Longer than the wilderness first aid (WFA) course, WFR is especially designed for:

  • anyone caught in an urban disaster crisis
  • camp counselors
  • back country trip leaders
  • mountain guides (backpacking, hiking, ice climbing, rock climbing, etc.)
  • river guides (canoeing, kayaking, rafting)
  • ski patrollers
  • anyone wanting to delve deeply into how to give emergency care when 911 EMS service is down, overwhelmed, or out of cellphone range.
  • For adults and focused youths ages 12+ with solid attention spans. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.



  • No prior first aid or CPR training necessary.  No prerequisites.
  • Hands-on learn how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital hand-off
  • Blend of classroom instruction & hands-on rescue scenario practice
  • 3-year internationally-renowned SOLO WFR certification
  • Testimonials


Why Choose THIS Instructor (Matt Rosefsky)?


Calendar & Registration:

  • 2017:  August 19 - 27 at the beautiful Spruce Knob Mountain Center of The Mountain Institute, near the highest mountain peak of West Virginia
    • 100% of course proceeds go to The Mountain Institute or Experience Learning, both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
    • Pricing and Registration are set and run by one of the orgs mentioned immediately above.  Please do an online search for those two orgs and "wilderness first responder" or contact us.  click on the online registration link at this web page.


Certification & Recertification

  • Certification:  with this course, get the internationally-renowned 3-year WFR certification from SOLO, the oldest continuously-operating school of wilderness medicine in the world.
  • Are you a healthcare provider needing continuing education credits? The WFR typically counts for credits, although it may depend on what type of provider you are. Inquire for details.
  • Want a Wilderness EMT certification?
    • Not an EMT, but want to become a Wilderness EMT?  Within the first year of completing this WFR course, become EMT-certified locally and complete some paperwork to receive a WEMT certification card.  Better yet, enroll in SOLO's WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get your EMT instruction, blended with wilderness information, resulting in a WEMT certification (after you pass practical and written EMT exams).  Inquire for details on either path.
    • Already a street EMT?  You can take the WFR course and become certified as Wilderness EMT; inquire for details.
  • Recertification information




Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis Environmental Emergencies PAS in the Extreme Environment
Abdominal Pain Epinephrine Use Poisoning
Abdominal Trauma Fractures & Splinting Techniques Primary Survey: "The First Five Minutes"
Allergic Reactions Group Preventative Medicine Prudent Heart Living
Altitude-Related Injuries Head Trauma Role of the Wilderness First Responder
Bites & Stings: Animals & Plants Heat-Related Injuries Secondary Survey & Vital Signs
Bivouac Skills History Taking Shock & Bleeding Control
Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease Improvising Litters Shortness of Breath
Body Systems: Anatomy & Physiology Leadership of Backcountry Expeditions SOAPnote & Getting Help
Burns Emergency Lifting & Moving Techniques Soft Tissue Injuries & Bandaging Skills
Changes in Level of Consciousness Lightning-Related Injuries Spinal Cord Injury
Chest Pain Long-Term Patient Care Spinal Cord Injury Management
Chest Trauma Long-Term Management of the Shock Victim Splinting Practice
Cold-Related Injuries Long-Term Wound Care Sprains & Strains
Common Expedition Problems Medical Emergencies and Patient Assessment Wilderness Stabilization & Bivouac
CPR Considerations in the Remote Environment Medicolegal Issues Wilderness versus Urban First Responder
Diabetic Emergencies Mock Rescue Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam
Dislocations & Reduction Techniques Organizing the Rescue Wilderness First Responder Written Exam
Drowning-Related Injuries Patient Assessment System (PAS)  



Learn how to save life & limb when / where pro help is not immediately available.

"Wilderness" = Time of injury/illness to hospital arrival > 1 hour.

= Natural or rural area, remote travel, and natural or terrorist disaster zones

 when & where EMS is overwhelmed, and cellphone towers are jammed.


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