The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed to meet the needs of groups of people that may not be able to commit to the length of the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, but still are interested learning about wilderness emergencies.
After taking this course you will be familiar with some of the most common backcountry problems. You’ll have some limited practice in evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. You’ll start to get a feel for what situations require medical assistance.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Patient Assessment Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
- Bleeding and Shock
- Abdominal and Chest Injuries
- Wound and Burn Management (bandaging)
- Fractures & Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
- Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Immobilization
- Near Drowning
- Lightning Injuries and Prevention
- Heat-Related Illness
- Medical Problems in the Wilderness
- Bites and Stings
- Hypothermia & Cold-Related Illness/Injury (Frostbite, etc.)
- Evacuation Guidelines
- Water Disinfection and Hydration
- Improvised Litters & Carries
Multiple practice workshops and scenarios are also included in the curriculum. These hands-on workshops are often done while on small hikes as a class to get more realistic practice. Most of our practice scenarios are based on real-life incidents that our instructors have managed as professional rescuers or encountered in their own backcountry adventures.
Certification cards will be sent electronically via email.