Wilderness First Responder/W-EMT Module Course

Thank you for teaching a course with such  flexibility!

Single-mom and full time teacher JV Littleton, CO spring 2015

Wilderness Medicine Outfitters WFR/WEMT module course uniquely combines all of the EMT skills and knowledge for the WFR student. In 2007, The Academy of Wilderness Medicine rated WMO's course as having the most wilderness medical content of any courses it has rated. WMO’s course exceeds DOT First Responder curriculum with a wilderness emphasis - Great for the self-sufficient active back country person who hikes an hour from town or days in the wilderness. This is the required training for the professional guide in most all categories. The current EMT will find this is a good review with the majority of the course oriented toward wilderness protocols, improvisation and long-term transport that the EMT is not trained for.

All WMO WFR/WEMT students are required to take the following sessions even though up to 8 hr may be missed: Advanced airway session, Anaphylaxis session, oxygen session, wound closure session and the CPR sessions unless they have a 6 months old or newer CPR professional level card. There is a fee to make up these sessions if missed.

All non WMO recerts are recommended to take Advanced airway session, Anaphylaxis session, oxygen session, wound closure session and the CPR sessions unless they have a 6 months old or newer CPR professional level card.

Earlier this evening, I was the first responder at a motor vehicle accident here in Denver. I drove around the corner and traffic was obviously diverting around a damaged vehicle with an occupant - no one attending to the victim as yet. I pulled over and grabbed my kit out of the back (still carry it always even though my WFR is several years outdated) and went to the vehicle occupant. She was verbal though shaken and the air bags were deployed. I checked the c-spine as well as I could and she seemed to not be experiencing any neck pain (though some chest pain) so I helped her out of the car and was her advocate until the ambulance showed up about 10 minutes later. Fortunately more advanced care was near by so there wasn't much for me to do, but it was apparent that when I arrived the 10 or so people standing around did not know what to do as they were not doing anything to render care to the patient. I am reminded how important it is to maintain one's training because you never know when it will be needed. Thanks Carl. Ed Reed - Safety Engineer

Professional Rescuer CPR is included in the WFR / WEMT classes at no additional cost.

WFR / WEMT is offered in two formats:

1. Nine consecutive days, 8am to 5pm - Summer months, on site in Elizabeth, Colorado. (Camping allowed on site)

2. Six weeks, two evenings per week, 6 to 10 pm format
This is either Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu depending on dates.
Also requires 3 weekend days selected by the class on the 3rd class night.

Online store usually offers an "Enrollment Deposit" option which holds your place in the class. Balance due on first day of class as check or cash. Early registration savings, if any, will be applied to balance payment.

The following 76 hr outline is an approximate  sample of what may be used in your class. There are at least 5 quizzes during the class. 80% is the passing score except on CPR which requires 84%.

Upcoming Dates are shown on bottom of home page. Prices (and early Registration savings) are shown under "Store / In-Person" classes.


Session #1 (4.5 hrs) Hours
Into to Remote / Wilderness Medicine 1.5
Learning Techniques/Adult Ed. 1
Housekeeping & Terms 1
Medical / Legal Concerns & Comm Diseases 1
Session #2 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Rescuer Safety & Emotional Care of Patient 1
Initial Assessment/Diag. S&S/Pat. Exam 1
Anatomy & Physiology 1
First Aid Supplies 0.5
Session #3 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A Topics 0.5
Vital Signs & Patient Assessment 1
Detailed Exam and Focused History 2
Heart Attack & Stroke .5
Session #4 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
BLS Course "C" 1 & 2 Person CPR 3.5
Session #5 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
CPR Review & Test 1
Airway Adjuncts 2
AED Intro 0.5
Session #6 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Skeletal Injuries 1
Splinting 1
Scenario and Fast Pack Kit Discussion 0.5
Femur FX 1
Session #7 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Homework 1 0.5
Wounds - Soft Tissue Injury (sick Call) 1
Special Outdoor First aid Supplies 0.5
Shock, Bleeding and Prolonged care 1.5
Bandaging 0.5
Session #8 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Diabetics & Seizures 1
Gastrointestinal Problems (Sick Call) 1
Genitourinary Problems 0.5
Scenario 0.5
Burns 0.5
Session #9 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Homework 2, quiz 0.5
Chest Trauma & Medical Problems 1
Allergic & Anaphylactic Reactions 1
Toxins - Bites & Stings 1
Scenario 0.5
Session #10 (4 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Heat Illness 1
Hypothermai, Frostbite & Cold Issues 1
Altitude Medicine 1
EENT 0.5
Scenario 0.5
Session #11 & 12 - Field Day #1 (9 hrs) Hours
Homework-3 (midterm) 1
Leadership 0.5
Clearing C Spine 1
Q & A 0.5
Dislocations 1
Pt. Packaging 1
Moving Litters & Pts. 1
Water Treatment and Field Sanitation 0.75
Near Drowning / Dive Medicine 0.75
Scenario 0.5
Session #13 & 14 - Field Day #2 (9 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Homework 4 (quiz) 0.5
Wound Care: Irrigate, Staple, Suture, Closure, Injections, Fishhook, Rings, Tape Ankle/Fingers 2
Moving Pts. 1 & 2 Person 1
Lightening Injury & Triage 1
Q & A 0.5
First Aid Kit Revisited 0.5
Personal Preparation & Survival 0.75
Access moving & Extrication of Pts. 1
Evac Considerations 0.75
Scenario .5
Session #15 & 16 - Field Day #3 (9 hrs) Hours
Q & A 0.5
Meds: OTC, RX, Prophylaxis 0.5
Improvised Meds 0.5
Litter Building 1.5
Q & A 0.5
Basic Rope Rescue Skills & Practice 2
Childbirth 1
Communications 1
Auto Extrication 1
Scenario 0.5
Session #17 (4 hrs) Hours
Helicopters 1
Final Written Exam. 1.5
Final Exam Q & A 0.5
Session #18 Hours
SAR Info 1
Final Practical Exam 3


The Wilderness Medicine Outfitters Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course will require agreeing to House keeping guidelines and signing a Waiver. For your convenience, these documents are provided here for your review.

WFR House Keeping Guideline (PDF)  Click to download

WFR Waiver (PDF) Click to download