Welcome To Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder is the highest recognized backcountry medical certificate in Canada, and is considered the gold standard for those who operate as professional guides, outdoor educators, or professional responders outside the safe confines of the city.

Welcome to the team.

  • Significant portions of this course take place outside, including several full days, one late night scenario and one overnight scenario. Rescue gear will be provided, but you must come prepared for multiple day hikes and to camp during the overnight session in whatever weather the season throws at us. No matter the time of year, expect and prepare for rain. During the winter, remember that we will be training in cold, wet and snowy environments. Dress appropriately.

  • There is a physical element to this course - hiking, team lifting, walking, carrying light to medium loads, working in awkward positions, and camping in inclement conditions. If illness, injury, or disability might make these tasks difficult for you, please contact us before the course, or speak to your instructor about alternative roles or learning methods. Our main concern is preventing injury.

  • The outdoor classroom is not particularly remote, but accessibility is limited. If you have any medical conditions, please inform your instructor at the beginning of the course, and discuss a treatment plan in case of an emergency.

  • Practice scenarios are designed to be realistic, and can be intense. If you have any reason to expect they might cause distress, please talk to your instructor about potentially sensitive subject matter, and – of course – step out anytime you feel uncomfortable.


Hypothermia Awareness & Management Pre-Study…

This course does not require any prerequisite certification or training. However, in an effort to maximize the value of our short two and a half days together, you are asked to complete an online pre-study on hypothermia awareness & management before your course begins. The course takes about 3 hours to complete. Find it at bicorescue.com.

You will also receive an Anatomy and Physiology pre-study. This material is aimed at the Emergency Medical Responder level student - as a WFR, please focus on directional terms when describing anatomy, body cavities, and the structures and functions of the main body systems.


General Gear - Prepare as for Light Day Hike

  • Water, Meals & High Energy Snacks.

  • Knife or Multi-tool (preferred).

  • Personal First Aid Kit (inc. personal medications)

  • Waterproof Emergency Layer (poncho or garbage bag)

  • Matches / Lighter (waterproofed)

  • Toilet Paper

  • Sheltering Equipment (polypropylene, sil-nylon, etc…)

  • Rope / Paracord (10’)

  • Whistle

  • Rescue Mirror or 10 sq in. Aluminum Foil

  • Tactical Flashlight or Headlamp (preferred)

  • Notebook, Pencil / Pens

  • Zip-lock Bags

  • Sturdy, Waterproof Boots

  • Proper Seasonal Clothing (can get dirty or stained)

  • Extra Socks

  • Extra Warm Hat

  • Backup Insulating Layers

  • Sleeping Pad or Thermarest

  • Camp Chair (optional but recommended)

The premise is to use whatever gear you have on hand to solve an emergency. We will provide mock Wilderness First Aid Kits

Overnight Gear

For the Day 6 Overnight Scenario, Come prepared for the worst of the season, including:

  • Shelter (tenting is the norm)

  • Sleeping Bag suitable for seasonal conditions

  • Cookstove

  • Sleeping Pad

  • Extra Tarp

  • Food & Water (plus extra for patients)

There will be ample opportunity to coordinate supplies as a group before the overnight scenario.

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Overview of Course Topics

The classroom will be located in Vancouver. The exact address will be announced prior to the course.

All “In-Class / Field” days are a combination of classroom learning and outdoor scenarios. Always come prepared to spend time in the weather!

Day 1 (Friday) In-Class / Field
9:00 - 18:00

A&P Review - Human Body Systems
Assessment Models
Scene Approach & Management
Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) In The Wilderness

Day 2 (Saturday) In-Class / Field
9:00 - 17:00

Measuring Blood Pressure and Other Vitals for the Professional Responder
Environmental Emergencies
Lifts, Carries, Stretchers & Harnesses
Assessing & Managing Spinal Injuries
Leadership and Emergency Team Management

Day 2 EVENING - Location TBA
18:00 - 22:00

Evening Scenario

Day 3 (Sunday) In-Class / Field
10:00 - 18:00

Airway and Respiratory Emergencies
Oxygen Administration
Circulatory Emergencies

Day 4 (Monday) - All Day + Overnight Camp at Mount Seymour
9:00 - 18:00 + Overnight Camp

Musculoskeletal Injuries
Wound Care
Wound Packing

Day 5 (Tuesday) In-Class / Field
9:00 - 18:00

Secondary Drills
Advanced Hemorrhage Control
Pregnancy and Childbirth
Professional Communication

Day 6 (Wednesday) In-Class / Field
10:00 - 18:00

Professional Spinal Injury Management Tools
Multi-trauma Management
Group Dynamics and Self-Care
Multi-Casualty Incidents
Overnight Preparation

Day 6 OVERNIGHT - Location TBA

Overnight Scenario

Day 7 (Thursday) In-Class / Field
8:00 - 14:00

Group Breakfast
Systems Based Assessments
Assessment Preparation

Day 8 (Friday) In-Class / Field
9:00 - 18:00

Student Group Presentations
WFA / WFR Kit Building
Written & Practical Assessments


Course Assessment


You be required to achieve %70 on a multiple-choice knowledge assessment.


You will be required to successfully identify any critical injuries or conditions, and to respond with appropriate treatments, in 3 practical assessments.


Full course attendance and successful completion of the above assessments earns you the following certifications:

Wilderness First Responder
First Responder
Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Basic Life Support

Additionally, you will qualify to receive:

First Responder License

    The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!

The most powerful predictor of your success is a great attitude and a willingness to learn!