Wilderness First Responder

Abbotsford, BC

604-477-4663

Wilderness First Responder

Are you a wilderness guide, a member of a search and rescue team, a remote wilderness traveler, or a ski patrol? If so, then this is the first aid course for you. Our program has been specifically designed to address the complex and challenging real-world wilderness issues that you may encounter in remote locations. It is tailored for individuals in leadership roles who need to be prepared for any emergency situation.

At Ridge Wilderness, we have been working closely with the Red Cross First Aid Technical Advisory community for years to develop this Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. It encompasses a range of training components, including First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, CPR, BLS with AED, and Standard First Aid. With this comprehensive training, you will acquire the advanced first aid and CPR skills necessary to effectively respond to emergencies in remote or wilderness settings.

In addition to learning life-saving techniques, participants will also gain the knowledge and expertise to provide urgent evacuation and extended care for five or more days, until organized health care can be accessed. This course will equip you with advanced leadership and rescue decision-making skills, as well as the ability to utilize professional tools and resources for extrication purposes.

It is important to note that a significant portion of the course will be taught in an outdoor setting, requiring greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training. This hands-on approach will ensure that you are fully prepared to handle any emergency situation that may arise in the wilderness.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your skills and become a more effective leader in the wilderness. Enroll in our WFR course today and be ready to tackle any challenge that comes your way.

FUN FACTS:

  • We offer free refresher courses for up to two years after you take the course.
  • OFA1 equivalency available.

WFR COURSE COMPONENTS:

Day 1-4: Wilderness First Aid (40 hours)
Day 5-9: Wilderness First Responder (40 hours)

COMPLETION CRITERIA

  •       Ability to comprehend and successfully demonstrate the skills

  •       Ability to complete a written, closed book knowledge evaluation with a minimum mark of 75%

  •       Must meet additional legislative requirements, if applicable

  •       Participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course

CERTIFICATION

  • 3-year certification in Wilderness First Responder and 1-year certification in Basic Life Support (digital certificate issued upon successful completion).
  • a CPR level C Certificate can be issued in addition, upon request. Requests must be made prior to commencement of your course.

Details:

Course Length: 80 hours

Cost:
$1399.95 – $1599.95 + tax – Full Course (based on location)
$599.95 – $799.95 tax – Recertification Course (based on location)

Recertification’s can only be obtained by successfully completing a specific recertification course which cannot be run in conjunction with the regular offerings. Please check our calendar for upcoming recertification courses or email our office for more details.

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The Wilderness First Responder

Planning and responding to the call

Infection prevention and control

Anatomy and physiology

Scene assessment

Primary, secondary, and ongoing assessments

Airway management and respiratory emergencies

Circulatory emergencies

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Shock

Hemorrhage and soft tissue trauma

Musculoskeletal injuries

Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries

Head and spinal injuries

Acute and chronic illnesses

Poisoning

Wildlife and environmental illnesses

Pregnancy, labour, and delivery

Special populations

Mental and emotional health and wellness

Reaching, lifting, and extricating patients

Extended care

Transportation and arranging transfer

Multiple-casualty incidents

Pharmacology

Occupational health and safety and workplace considerations

Upcoming Courses

december

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

january

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

february

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

09febAll Day17Wilderness First Responder - Victoria80 HOURS

march

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

02marAll Day10Wilderness First Responder - Squamish (Klahanie Campground)80 HOURS

06marAll Day10Wilderness First Responder Recert - Squamish (Klahanie Campground)40 HOURS - first aid prerequisites required, see course description.

april

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

03aprAll Day11Wilderness First Responder - Revelstoke80 HOURS

may

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

june

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

july

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

august

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

september

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

october

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

november

FREE First Aid for Opioid Poisoning Emergencies - ONLINESelf-Paced Canadian Red Cross Virtual Course

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First Aid Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What levels of First Aid do you offer?

We offer the following courses publicly:

  • Remote First Aid 
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness First Aid Instructor 
  • OFA 1 Equivalency (SFA Certification)

We also offer recertification courses for all of the above.

In addition, we offer the following for private courses:

  • Standard First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Transportation Endorsement
  • Marine First Aid
  • OFA 1 Equivalency

 

Do you offer Occupational First Aid level 1?

We offer Standard and Emergency First Aid training. These certifications are equivalent and recognized by WorkSafeBC, as Occupational Level 1. These certifications can be added onto any of our Wilderness Courses for an additional fee.

 

I want to take the 40 hour course, but I can only attend on weekends, what are my options?

If you are looking to obtain a 40 hour WFA Certificate, you can opt to take TWO weekend courses. 

  • Weekend 1: Remote First Aid (20 hours)
  • Weekend 2: Remote to Wilderness First Aid Bridge (20 hours)

If you would like to take advantage of our package pricing, and save yourself $100, contact our office and we can give you this discount for pre-purchasing the two weekends at once! 

 

What kind of first aid do I need to lead overnight trips?

We recommend holding a minimum of a 40 hour Wilderness First Aid Certification, when planning to take people out in the wilderness on an overnight journey.

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