Wilderness First Responder

Sunday, April 14th - Sunday, April 21, 2019

Join the staff of SOLO, nationally recognized leaders in the field of wilderness medicine and rescue, for a 80-hour (8 day) intensive wilderness emergency care course. SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. Learn skills needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings, with a focus on the extended care often required in  wilderness medical emergencies. Practical simulations and lectures.  

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Wilderness First Responder Topics

  1. Wilderness vs. Urban First Responder    
  2. Blood-Borne Pathogens and Infectious Disease   
  3. Patient Assessment System   
  4. SOAP Note/Organizing the Rescue   
  5. Medicolegal Issues   
  6. Ten Essential/Bivouac Skills  
  7. Anatomy & Physiology   
  8. CPR  
  9. AED  
  10. Mechanical Aids to Breathing   
  11. Bleeding and Shock   
  12. Soft Tissue Injuries/Lt Wound Care   
  13. Musculoskeletal Injuries – Sprains & Strains   
  14. Musculoskeletal Injuries – Fractures & Dislocations    
  15. Head Injuries  
  16. Spinal Cord Injury Management   
  17. Chest Injuries  
  18. Environmental Emergencies   
  19. Heat Injuries  
  20. Cold Injuries  
  21. Lightning   
  22. Drowning & Near-Drowning  
  23. North American Bites and Stings   
  24. Allergic Reactions & Anaphylaxis   
  25. Altitude Injuries   
  26. Neurological Emergencies  
  27. Diabetes   
  28. Cardiac Emergencies  
  29. Respiratory Emergencies   
  30. Poisoning   
  31. Abdominal Emergencies   
  32. Emergency Childbirth  
  33. Group Preventative Medicine  
  34. Long-Term Patient Care   
  35. Improvising Litters   
  36. Leadership Skills in the Backcountry  
  37. Mock Rescue  
  38. Common Wilderness Medical Problems   
  39. First Aid Kits  

Participant Equipment List

You should plan to wear or have with you clothing that will be appropriate to the season and location where you will be taking your course. We will likely be spending a significant portion of the class time out-of-doors. If you have questions regarding the usual weather where your course will be held, please contact the sponsor or consult an on-line weather resource. The following list is to SUPPLEMENT the clothing you will be wearing.
Necessary Items

  1. Notebook and pen / pencil
  2. Raingear / wind layer tops and bottoms
  3. Layers of clothing (so you can take a layer off if you are hot/put one on if you are cold and also to use in the building of splints)
  4. Hat - warm, not made of cotton
  5. Mitten or gloves if it will be cold out
  6. Backpack to put everything in
  7. Water bottles (1qt or 1 liter) for drinking water
  8. Footwear for the environment (close-toed shoes for being outdoors/sandals are OK for inside)

Helpful Items To Bring 

  1. Ground cloth or small tarp (6X4 sheet of plastic is fine)
  2. Sleeping pad (ensolite, ridgerest, thermarest)
  3. Bandanas or cravats of any kind
  4. A personal first aid kit that you are likely to carry with you in the backcountry
  5. Trekking pole(s)

Food Information

Coffee and snacks will be provided daily. The facility has a kitchen that you can use which has a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and toaster. 

Lodging Information

Lodging is not provided for this course however, there are several hotels nearby, please give us a call if you need help finding lodging locally at 603-882-1046.