Are you serious about expanding your depth of medical knowledge and improvised medical care?
Looking to improve your skills in dealing with medical issues in backcountry environments?
Ever consider becoming a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)?
Our challenging seven-day WFR program, referred to as the “Gold Standard” in wilderness medical care, is primarily intended for non-medical professionals who are traveling in the backcountry and serving as wilderness guides, outdoor instructors, outdoor educators, Search and Rescue (SAR) team members, ski patrol, medical personnel for adventure races/events, missionaries, expedition medical team members, etc.
A WFR is responsible for preventing and identifying medical problems, initiating reasonable and appropriate field management of medical issues, and identifying when and how to safely evacuate patients presenting with potentially life-threatening problems.
Our curriculum includes:
<li>Human Anatomy and Physiology</li>
<li>Patient Assessment Skills</li>
<li>Vital Signs and Homeostasis</li>
<li>Airway Adjunct Indication and Use</li>
<li>Indications and Use of Medical Oxygen</li>
<li>Recognizing and Treating Soft Tissue Injuries</li>
<li>Bleeding Control and Shock Management Techniques</li>
<li>Tourniquets and Hemostatic Agents</li>
<li>Alternative Wound Closure Techniques</li>
<li>Bone Injuries and Splinting</li>
<li>Improvised Traction Splints</li>
<li>Strains and Sprains</li>
<li>And so much more!</li>
Day and night practical exercises are a critical learning tool for this material.
This program is physical in nature, and a reasonable level of fitness is expected of all participants.
The American Safety and Health Institute serves as the certifying agency for our WFR program.
Certification is valid for two years. Adult, child and infant CPR and AED use is included as part of this program.
A large 21 person military tent with winter liner is provided for a community tent during class hours and may be used for sleeping at night. Tent is complete with 2 wood burning stoves and a cot for each student.
A smaller 5-10 person military tent with winter liner and is also available for private sleeping accommodations (first come/first served).
Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice.
We recommend quick field expedient meals such as our Camp Ready Meals or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process.
You can also purchase food locally once you get here. Walmart and several local eateries are a close drive away.
Bring appropriate outdoor clothing, a good sleeping bag and an all season tent if you do not wish to stay in our military tent.
We will not provide you with any gear, so please come prepared.
A fixed blade knife, folding saw, overnight camping gear, winter sleeping bag and a small backpack are recommended.
Warm outdoor clothing, warm gloves and hat, outdoor boots and wool socks are recommended.Wool will keep you warm even when wet.
Layers are important in Colorado. You will want a water whicking base layer, an insulating mid layer, and a waterproof breathable outer shell. Check out our Clothes Layering Basics if you are unsure of what to wear.
Your instructor will be Mark DeJong from Offgrid Medic LLC