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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:


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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