SOLO Wilderness First Responder

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SOLO Wilderness First Responder

Join us in our outdoor classroom here in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom to earn your SOLO Wilderness First Responder certification!

By Train NEK

When and where

Date and time

Wed, Sep 27, 2023 9:00 AM - Wed, Oct 4, 2023 5:00 PM EDT


Peacham Peacham Peacham, VT 05862

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About this event

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Please See Train NEK’s COVID measures Before Registering.

Prepare for outdoor adventure or employment by earning your SOLO Wilderness First Responder certification - outdoors!

WHO: Anyone wanting a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions, and professionals working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. This 72-hour course is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, search and rescue personnel, outdoor trip leaders, and others who expect to end up in remote settings with limited resources. (Current medical providers with proof of medical certification might wish to take our five-day Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals instead, to achieve the same end. Info at

WHERE? The course will be held in Peacham Village in Peacham, Vermont. Directions to the course will be emailed following registration.

HOW MUCH: $750


Save money! Send us a note with course start date and title, student name, phone and email, and a check for $750 to Train NEK, PO Box 132, Peacham, VT 05862. (We'll email you confirmation as soon as your check is received.)


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WHAT IS TAUGHT? The WFR takes a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills necessary for Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. We include Packaging and Transporting Patients, Long-Term Patient Care, and Risk Management Considerations. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics such as CPR included, and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice. This course meets and exceeds all guidance from the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative. Importantly, by virtue of this being an in-person course in an outdoor classroom, we’ll be practicing the art of human interaction in a dynamic environment – a critical skillset in being an excellent backcountry caregiver.

WHAT IS INCLUDED? Course cost includes engaging and personalized instruction, real-life interaction with fun and interesting human beings, textbook and training materials, and SOLO WFR and Advanced CPR certification fees. WFR certification lasts for three years. You recertify your SOLO WFR by either taking a two-day SOLO WFR Refresher (preferred), or by taking a SOLO WFA course with some additional studying outside of class.

*NOTE: We hope you will choose Train NEK - but wherever you go to pursue your WFR, make sure the certification will be worth your time and money, with ample recertification opportunities. Check if the organization has reciprocity with any of the widely-recognized and highly respected schools working within Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative guidelines (such as SOLO, AERIE, NOLS, WMA, and Desert Mountain Medicine).

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? WFR students are asked to bring clothing suitable for being active outside much of the day in any weather (i.e. rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients). You should also bring additional layers for warming and treating patients. Lodging and meals are not included in the cost of tuition. Directions, a packing list, and further details are sent to students upon registration.

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION? The WFR typically counts toward continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm eligibility for Continuing Education Units with their governing body.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

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About the organizer

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Train NEK

Train NEK offers SOLO-certifying Rural and Backcountry Medicine courses including Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and First Aid courses for paddlers, bikers, and other outdoor adventurers visiting or living in and around Vermont's Northeast Kingdom (NEK). Train NEK was founded by Andrea Kane, Lead SOLO Instructor since 1999, to provide engaging, professional wilderness medicine instruction, personalized attention, and local convenience while collaborating with others in the Northeast Kingdom's outdoor industry.