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Wilderness First Responder - 5 Days - May, 2017 Whitefish, Montana

Price: $790.00


This course is based on the north shore of Lake Tahoe at Squaw Valley, CA. Training will run from 0800 to approximately 1730 daily. You should be prepared for field exercises in all weather and on rough terrain. Lake Tahoe in fall  is generally cool to warm during the day and cold at night. Rain and snow are possible so dress accordingly. Please see our Course Sites page for more information about lodging and travel.

Travel to field training sites within 2 miles of town will be required. Car pooling is usually easy, but not guaranteed.

Discount: A 10% discount is offered for two or more registrants paid together in full at the time of registration.

Cancellation Fee: $120 fee prior will be processed 31 days before course start. Cancellations within 30 days of the course will not be refunded.

Once registered, your books will be sent to the address listed on the registraton form in preparation  for your on-line precourse WFR test.

Location: The Wilderness First Responder will be held at the Squaw Valley Fire Department in Squaw Valley, CA

Please visit the  for directions for the Squaw Valley Fire Department in Squaw Valley, CA

Local contact for course information:  Neil Morse at c 530.448.1944  Neil is with Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

Details.  Lunch is not provided. We will break for one hour. Arrive to class at 8 am on the first day of class. Wear casual clothing and have your outdoor gear in your vehicle.

What to bring: Bring a coffee cup, waterbottle, day pack, hat, hiking boots, and outdoor clothing for adverse weather, wrist watch, and a great attitude.

Lodging: See local Chamber of Commerce.

Lead Instructors: Sue Purvis, WEMT and Peggy Miller, NR-Paramedic

Wilderness First Responder - 5 Days

The Wilderness Medical Associates WFR course is the gold standard of medical training for outdoor educators, guides, sail training crews, and others working in remote and extreme environments. The curriculum has enjoyed 30 years of evolution and represents the collective wisdom of literally hundreds of medical practitioners, outdoor educators, wilderness travelers and rescue professionals. The core curriculum is designed to provide the skills and insight needed to improvise, adapt, and exercise reasonable judgment at any level of medical training.

The five-day WFR covers the same material and earns the same certification as our standard 7 day course. It is designed for professionals who have less time for on-site training, but have the self-discipline to complete 25 hours of pre-course study. Registration at least 10 days prior to course start is required to allow time for reading, case reviews and a pre-course test. There are no other medical training prerequisites, but you should refer to the functional position description for emergency providers since certain physical requirements apply to be eligible for certification. Certification is valid for three years and include basic life support and CPR. The minimum age for participation is 18 at the time of course start. The maximum enrollment is 21 students.


  • The following teaching materials are provided by WMA International at no additional cost:
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A guide for the basic and advanced practitioner
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • WFR Class Notes and handouts

Completion and Grades
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. WMA International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the 2010 ILCOR/AHA guidelines. All WMA certifications remain valid for three years.

Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course. Recertification options include the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid course, the 36-hour WAFA-to-WFR Bridge Course, or the 24-hour Open Recertification Course.

Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the 5-Day WFR course. Certain course sponsors may set a higher minimum age or establish other requirements consistent with their program. No previous medical training is required.


  • General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems: BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma
  • Practical Skills: Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration
  • Environmental Topics: Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche
  • Musculoskeletal Systems: Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations
  • Other: Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits

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