Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the SOLO course that is recognized as the industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers. This 72-hour course is perfect for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expedition. The curriculum covers standards of care for urban situations with additional protocols for remote situations. Special topics include, but are not limited to: CPR considerations (when not to start and when to stop), wilderness wound and burn management, clearing patients of spine and head trauma, athletic injuries, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, common simple medical problems, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making. Certifications upon completion include: Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) Wilderness First Responder and American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider CPR.
We can offer an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course congruently with the WFR. Please ask and we can make that happen.
Recertification- The WFA course can be taken as a WFR recertification course. You must pass a written exam and provide proof of current CPR. Then, complete paperwork and submit to SOLO with a recertification fee. Your card will be sent to you! WMI and WMA students may recertify WFR with JHOLI/SOLO. It is strongly recommended that after two re-certifications (9 years) that WFR students take the 80-hour WFR course again.
There are many situations that may preclude people from taking this course and receiving certification as a Wilderness First Responder. SOLO and JHOLI regret that, unfortunately, not all circumstances can be adequately compensated for with regards to safety and training for certification. Therefore we must (for the SAFETY of all concerned, students and future patients) request that you complete all required forms, assuring competence to participate in this course.