Wilderness First Responder
Colorado Mountain College WFR and BLS Certification Exceeds minimum standards for WMI, WMA, and WMS
Online throughout Spring Semester
Hands-on Skills Session, April 24-28
Want to be a WFR? Need wilderness medical certification for your job as a guide, and outdoor educator or your personal habits of getting outside as often as possible? Want a unique wilderness medicine experience taught by instructors with 2 decades of practical experience?
Wilderness First Responder & American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuers
Join CMC’s Wilderness EMS staff as they offer another intensive Wilderness First Responder in the amazing mountain environment outside Breckenridge, CO. This course begins with an intensive 30-hour online component that introduces students to the didactic portion of Wilderness Medicine – from medical, to trauma, to wilderness protocols, to communication and evacuation. Students must complete the course modules on CMC’s Canvas platform during the spring semester prior to the skills week with a passing score of 80% or better – multiple repeats in the modules are allowed to offer students the opportunity to truly learn the material and get it right prior to the field component of the course. Students will also be expected to complete and pass American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Professional Rescuers Online Portion (with associated $22 additional fee) on their own.
Upon successful completion of the online component and the AHA online component, students meet their instructors at the outside venue in the desert environment. Monday, April 24, we begin the 5 day intensive skills-based portion of the wilderness first responder certification. Students blend their learning from the online portion of the class, and are taught to apply the knowledge to an intensive hands-on practice of skills that range from CPR, rescue breathing, and AED use; to wilderness pharmacology and drug administration; to improvised splinting; to wound cleansing, dressing and prolonged care; to extrication techniques, to hypothermia packaging; and much, much more!
Why the Colorado Mountain College WFR program and not another?
The CMC Wilderness First Responder Certification remains the standard for individuals who seek an introductory course to specialist-level wilderness medical training and rescue. The CMC WFR was developed by professional wilderness rescuers over the course of many years. Our instructors have worked in positions ranging from Search and Rescue agencies, to Outward Bound and NOLS programs, to international Class V river outfitters, to climbing and mountain biking guide services, to expeditionary kayak expeditions, and more. In order to be considered to instruct for CMC, instructors are also required to have worked jobs on ambulance services, medical clinics and hospitals, or helicopter-based ambulatory services. We provide the most updated, realistic, hands-on training in wilderness medicine that you can get for careers in wilderness medicine or rescue. CMC’s WFR course always has its finger on the pulse of wilderness medicine and is proud to up the student experience by offering:
- WFR courses taught by professional wilderness search and rescue EMT’s/paramedics who are actively working in the field as wilderness medics and rescuers.
- The CMC WFR course provides you with instruction and certification in American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Professional Rescuers.
- The most updated wilderness medicine protocols by WMS, PHTLS & AHA.
- Extensive online supportive material with hundreds of videos, research papers and other wilderness medicine resources.
- Top-notch industry standard medical kits, specialty wilderness medicine tools and technical evacuation equipment that is used by the pros.
- High fidelity manikins for realistic scenarios.
- At $289 (in-district rate,) the most affordable Wilderness First Responder anywhere!
Venues (one for course activities and one for camping, if needed)
Course WFR Activities: Red Cliffs Lodge. www.redcliffslodge.com
- We will hold class for the skills portion of the course on the grounds at the Red Cliffs Lodge, Monday – Friday, April 24-28, from 8 a.m.-5:20 p.m.
Arriving from the north on Highway 191 driving south
- As you enter the Moab Valley on Highway 191 driving south, pass the entrance to Arches National Park.
- Approximately 1.5 miles from Arches National Park entrance, you will reach the Colorado River.
- Cross the Colorado River bridge
- After crossing the Colorado River bridge, turn left (east) onto scenic Highway 128 and continue for 14 miles.
- At approximately mile post 14 of Highway 128, turn into the second left and proceed to the Red Cliffs Lodge main building.
Arriving from the east (Grand Junction)
- Take Cisco Exit 204 and turn left at the stop sign, cross the over pass and turn left heading east 2 miles to the ‘T’ in the road. At the ‘T’, turn right onto 128 for approximately 30 miles.
- At approximately mile post 14 of Highway 128, turn into the entrance of Red Cliffs Lodge and proceed to the main lodge.
Course group campground: Hittle Bottom Group Site, Canyon Country, Utah.
Available Dates: Sunday, April 23 – Friday April 28 (Noon through noon)
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude)
From Moab, drive north to the junction with Highway 128. Drive 23 miles on highway 128 to the entrance to Hittle Bottom campground. The group site is located on the north end of the campground, just past the main entrance.
Dates, Times and Transportation
The online portion of the course is during the spring semester. You must complete all of the modules with an 80% or better score in order to be able to continue the field portion of the course. You will also be expected to complete AHA BLS for Professional Rescuers online portion.
The field portion of the course will be held April 24-28 from 8 am-5:20 pm per the venues listed above. Students will have the evenings free to explore the local area, and camping is provided at the Hittle Bottom Group Campsite. Transportation is not provided by CMC for this course.
CMC will provide the common area or shelter with basic daily supplies, including water jugs for the students to use. This will include a chairs, ice coolers, water containers, & sun shelters. Students will have to supply their own food and camping equipment for the entire course. A recommended supply list will be posted on CMC’s online learning platform, “Canvas,” during the spring semester.
- WFR certification valid for 2 years (with a one-year grace period) will be awarded upon successful course completion. American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuers valid for 2 years. Course exceeds the Wilderness Medical Society’s Guidelines. No prior experience or training or prerequisites are required.
INCLUDED WITH COURSE COSTS
- Includes wilderness medicine field guide.
- Includes camping fees & permit fees
- Includes certification fees & certification cards
- Skills and Testing Portion of AHA Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuers (this is an upgraded CPR course)
NOT INCLUDED IN COURSE COSTS
- CMC does not provide transportation.
- You will be expected to pay for and complete American Heart Association BLS for Professional Rescuers online portion on your own. The cost of this is $22.
- You must purchase Buck Tilton’s Wilderness First Responder text on your own. The book is available on the CMC Book Store, and at retailers online.
Please call or email Jeremy Deem or Brian Taylor if you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming WFR.
Jeremy Deem, M.A., Wilderness-EMT IV
Wilderness-EMS and Outdoor Education Faculty
Brian Taylor BS, NREMT-P
Associate Professor of EMS and Wilderness EMS
970-453-6757 ext 2624