Wilderness First Responder

Abbotsford, BC

604-477-4663

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness guide, Search and Rescue member, remote wilderness traveler, ski patrol? This is your first aid course. This program has been designed for complicated real-world wilderness issues in remote locations for people in leadership roles.

Ridge Wilderness’s owner has been working with the Red Cross First Aid Technical Advisory community for years to produce this WFR. Some training components included in this offering are First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, CPR, BLS with AED, and Standard First Aid.

Participants will gain the advanced first aid and CPR skills required to work and respond to emergencies in remote or wilderness settings, and to provide urgent evacuation and, at times, extended care for five or more days until organized health care can be accessed. Participants will develop advanced leadership and rescue decision-making skills, as well as extrication, and use of professional tools and resources. A significant part of the course is taught in an outdoor setting and requires greater physical activity and endurance than typical first aid training.

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).

Details:

Course Length: 80 hours

Cost:
$999.95 – $1199.95 + 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

march

06marAll Day14Wilderness First Responder - Nanaimo80 HOURS

april

18aprAll Day26Wilderness First Responder - Lower Mainland80 HOURS

24aprAll Day02mayWilderness First Responder - Revelstoke80 HOURS

29aprAll Day07mayWilderness First Responder - Nanaimo80 HOURS

may

24aprAll Day02mayWilderness First Responder - Revelstoke80 HOURS

29aprAll Day07mayWilderness First Responder - Nanaimo80 HOURS

august

01augAll DayWilderness First Responder - Revelstoke80 HOURS - TWO PART COURSE, SEE DATES IN EVENT DETAILS

16augAll Day20Wilderness First Responder Recert - Revelstoke40 HOURS - first aid prerequisites required, see course description.

september

26sepAll Day04octWilderness First Responder - Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton80 HOURS

30sepAll Day04octWilderness First Responder Recert - Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton40 HOURS - first aid prerequisites required, see course description.

october

26sepAll Day04octWilderness First Responder - Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton80 HOURS

30sepAll Day04octWilderness First Responder Recert - Squamish/Whistler/Pemberton40 HOURS - first aid prerequisites required, see course description.

12octAll Day20Wilderness First Responder - Revelstoke80 HOURS

16octAll Day20Wilderness First Responder Recert - Revelstoke40 HOURS - first aid prerequisites required, see course description.

30octAll Day07novWilderness First Responder - Lower Mainland80 HOURS

november

30octAll Day07novWilderness First Responder - Lower Mainland80 HOURS

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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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