WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER COURSE
Sponsored by NatureBridge and the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS
Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You'll spend half your time outside of the classroom doing hands-on skills and realistic scenarios. In addition to scenarios, you'll participate in a full-scale night mock rescue. WMI's curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, straightening angulated fractures, reducing dislocations, litter packaging and administering medications. You'll complete this course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days. The intensive 80-hour curriculum is nationally recognized and supported by the Wilderness Medicine Institute's Medical Advisory Panel. You'll be taught by dynamic educators who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This 9-day course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Adult/child CPR and FBAO certification is included. The WFR course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT CEU’s by CECBEMS.
Tuition payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course. Tuition is non-transferable. Tuition is payable by Visa/MasterCard * through our registration link on EventBrite. Once the course has begun, no refunds of any moneys will be awarded. The tuition fee covers textbooks, syllabus, equipment and certification cards. WMI is not obligated to allow any student to attend a course until all WMI paperwork has been received, reviewed and approved by WMI. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.
CANCELLATION and REFUND POLICIES
If a student cancels or withdraws from a course:
· Greater than or equal to 120 days prior to the course starting date, sponsor will retain a 25% deposit.
· Within 120 days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.
WMI STUDENT AGREEMENT
(including Assumption of Risks and Agreements of Release and Indemnity)
Please download the agreement and read it very carefully as it affects your legal rights. Bring the two-page signed document to the first day of the course. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must sign the document. Failure to provide a signed document will result in you not being able to participate in the course. WMI participants, including minors, will have unsupervised free time throughout the course. A parent or chaperone must supervise all minors on NatureBridge campus during unsupervised free time. Any activities during the free time are not part of the WMI program and are at the sole risk of the participant.
CLASS FORMAT/ EQUIPMENT
Check in is at 7:45 AM on the first day of the course. Course days run from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Two evening sessions will be scheduled. The format for this 80-hour WFR is classroom lectures integrated with practical scenarios, skills practice sessions, case studies, role-playing and simulated rescues. Attendance is required for all scheduled classes. Scenarios, and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for laying on the potentially wet, muddy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Frequently stage (moulage) blood and make-up will be used to emphasize the reality of a scenario. Generally the classroom environment lends itself to a pair of comfy shoes/slipper and a camp-type chair.
You will need: a large day pack with multiple layers, water bottle, waterproof tops and bottoms, sturdy boots, head lamp or flashlight and a watch with a second hand. A 4-hour evening, outdoor mock rescue is part of the curriculum, so please dress accordingly.
CONTINUING EDUCATION COLLEGE CREDIT AND EMT CEUS
The course is pre-approved for three (3) semester hour credits through the University of Utah at an additional cost of $300.00. If interested, please check with the instructors on the first day of class for the necessary information.
WMI is proud to be a Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) accredited organization. Current EMTs are eligible to receive 70 CEU hours for their Wilderness First Responder courses. Please bring a photocopy of your current EMT card(s) with you to your course.
TRAVEL/DIRECTIONS Please visit the NatureBridge website for more travel details and general participant information. LODGING/RECREATION
There is a meal and lodging option for this course. Room and Board option includes Monday night 6/15- Wednesday night 6/25 stay in our dorm style cabins, with breakfast and dinner included. Lodging may be two or three to a room, depending on availability. Meals are served via buffet line in our dining room on the shore of Lake Crescent. Show up between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm to check in to lodging. Dinner is at 6:00 on the first evening of lodging (the night before the course).
The nearest camping is approximately eight -ten miles away, campsite fees range between $12 and $30 / night. When considering your options, please calculate the cost of travel. You can learn more about the surrounding area by visiting our website.
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE COURSE. THIS INCLUDES LEASHING THEM OUTSIDE. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any student bringing pets to class will be asked to leave class until the pet is safely situated in a kennel or other facility.
We hope this information is helpful. Please contact either WMI of NOLS or NatureBridge Facility Director Al Watkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns you may have.