WFR Photo Photo Courtesy of Alex Zhitnik
The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is a ten-day 80-hour course taught by NOLS Wilderness Medicine. The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios where mock patients will challenge you to integrate your learning. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. At the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge, skills, and ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations. You will also leave the course with a certification that is valid for two years from the date of the course. The course is hosted by OutdoorUW and taught by seasoned NOLS instructors in a ten-day format, from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions, so come prepared for wet, muddy, cold, or hot environments.
No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.
Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain certification. Successful course completion earns you a NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Responder and Adult & Child CPR certification. EMTs are eligible for 70 hours of continuing education (CEUs). Three college credits through the University of Utah and Western Colorado University are also available for this course. All certifications are current for two years.
The WFA is a two-day course that primarily focuses on the basics of how to respond to an emergency situation in a remote area. This is perfect for people who are on remote day hikes or shorter trips with friends. This class really focuses on the Patient Assessment System and how to start making decisions on patient care. The WFR is a ten-day course that is the industry standard for outdoor professionals working in outdoor education and/or as tour guides. If you are leading a group in remote areas, this can provide you with more in-depth knowledge and practice in dealing with a variety of first aid situations.
The primary course classroom will be in Memorial Union on the UW-Madison Campus (800 Langdon Street). We are not able to offer housing or camping for this course. There are hotels and hostels available nearby. Food is not provided but is available for purchase in the building and at nearby locations to Memorial Union. There is a refrigerator and microwave to chill and warm food.
Register here, call our office at (608) 262-1630, or stop in during office during business hours. Current Hoofers should inquire with their club president about scholarship opportunities.