Wilderness First Responder (Dec 7-14)

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Wilderness First Responder (Dec 7-14)


The Best Medicine for the Worst Places

Ready for the big time? This is it - Canada’s top-tier professional wilderness medicine course! Intensive, challenging and always hands-on, this training will have you prepared to intervene and manage medical emergencies on a higher level whenever - and wherever - they arise.

80 Hours - $895 - Includes CPR-HCP

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About Your Wilderness First Responder Course

The Canadian Red Cross 80-Hour Wilderness First Responder is Canada’s top-tier remote medical training program.  Designed for professionals and individuals who love to work and play in austere environments that are difficult to access, this course will give you the tools and training you need to definitively intervene in and manage medical emergencies when rescue is hours or days away.  

With a strong focus on critical thinking and decision-making, backed by higher medical knowledge and realistic, in-depth scenarios, WFR is a definitive break from outdated protocol-based learning and medical response.  Furthermore, the in-depth teamwork and leadership elements, along with a robust hazard assessment model, will prepare you to assume a leadership role that minimizes risk while guaranteeing an effective response when backcountry emergencies occur.

About WFR with Coast Wilderness Medical Training

For us at Coast Wilderness Medical Training, wilderness medicine is not just a business - its a passion!  We are the only company in Western Canada specializing exclusively in wilderness medical courses - and it shows.  No other company in BC can absolutely promise that your instructor is a true medical professional, with outdoor rescue and patient care experience, and an infectious love of teaching.  Our Red Cross courses follow the internationally-recognized Red Cross standards, but you will learn practices informed by real-world experiences and events, cutting edge wilderness medicine, close relationships with leading wilderness medical organizations and practitioners, and an ethos of working out the best solutions to the problems at hand.  

At Coast Wilderness Medical Training, your course is all about you.  Learner-centered training is core to curriculum development and - of course - program delivery.  This means that you will take an active role in the class, presenting topics, analysing material, participating in action plans, and performing in realistic, intense scenarios, including make-up, props, and just so much fake blood.  If you want to spend all day in the classroom, listening to lectures and reading PowerPoint slides… then you might like our competition. On the other hand, if you are looking to get hands-on with patients in outdoor scenarios no matter the weather, solving problems, making decisions and taking action in the trees and mountains, then Coast Wilderness Medical Training is for you!  

Itinerary & Locations

Your 80 hour WFR course is delivered over 8 action-packed days, beginning and ending on Friday.  Each day begins at 8 AM and ends around 5 PM. Do not plan any other activities, including school or part-time work, during this time!  Your course includes regular self-study assignments, such as readings, case studies and presentation preparations.  Coming unprepared to your course the next day will hold up everyone’s development, and - if the problem persists - you might be asked to leave the course.  (Specific personal situations and special education requirements are dealt with on a case-by-case basis - discuss with your instructor as early as possible.)

Additionally, there will likely be one late night scenario, and one overnight scenario, during the week.  

Our course is being held at beautiful Cypress Mountain, Nordic Ski Area.  Facilities will include a microwave, running water and nearby toilets. Revel in the luxury.  Scenarios will take place among the trees, rocks and water of the area.

Course Content

General Principles of Wilderness Medicine
Scene Survey & Patient Assessment
Basic and Advanced Life Support (CPR and AED)
(A) Airway (basic airway techniques, protecting the airway, mechanical airway devices)
(B) Breathing (assessment, assisted breathing)
(C) Circulation (assessing, shock, fainting, managing bleeding, nosebleeds)
(D) Disability (Recognizing spinal, TBI, eye injuries)
Facial / Dental Trauma
Chest, Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma
Extremity Injuries and Treatment (Fractures, Sprains, Strains, Dislocations, Splints, Realignments)
Spinal Injuries (Holds and Rolls, Spinal Motion Restriction Devices, Improvised SMR, Clearing C-Spine)
Wounds (Bleeding Management, Dressings and Bandages, Impalements, Avulsions, Amputations, Wound Packing, Infection Management)
Cold Injuries (Hypothermia, Frostbite, Cold Water Immersion, Immersion foot / Trench foot)
Heat-Related Emergencies (Heat Cramps, Hyperthermia, Dehydration)
Lightning injuries
Reverse Triage
Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Wildlife and Envenomations
Poisonous Plants
Drowning and Near-drowning
Avalanche Injuries
Carbon Monoxide Inhalation
Altitude Illness
Diving Emergencies
Field Water Disinfection
Medical Illnesses (Seizure, Stroke, Cardiac Events, Asthma, Respiratory Infections, Diabetic Emergencies, Genitourinary Issues)
Water disinfection
Abdominal Illnesses (Gastro-Intestinal illness, GI Bleeds, Acute Abdomen)
Communication devices
Extended Care
Patient Packaging and Transport
Hazard Assessment and Risk Management
First aid kits

Certifications and Recertifications

Successful course completion will earn you the following qualifications:

  • Canadian Red Cross Healthcare Provider-Level CPR/AED (supersedes CPR-C)
  • Canadian Red Cross Advanced Wilderness First Aid with CPR-C
  • Canadian Red Cross Medical First Responder
  • CWMT Wilderness First Responder

Recertifications are recommended between 1 and 2 years from last certification.  WFR recertification is a 3-day intensive program.



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