SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR-in-the-Field)

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New Discovery State Park

Groton

Groton, 05046

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The WFR-in-the-Field is an ideal way to experience the rigors and rewards of backcountry emergency response. Camping is included! Instruction takes place in the pavilion and on the trails of beautiful New Discovery State Park. Group camping takes place in nearby Kettle Pond.

The WFR is the perfect course for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions, or anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. Generally taught over eight or nine days, this 72-hour course is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, outdoor trip leaders, ski patrollers, and anyone who generally expects to end up in remote settings with limited resources.

WHAT IS INCLUDED? WFR tuition of $600 includes instruction, training materials, and certification fees, including SOLO Advanced CPR certification. This WFR-in-the-Field also covers group camping at no additional cost. Staying at the camp site is optional, but a good opportunity to bond with other students over shared meals and/or outdoor fun outside of class. Certification lasts for three years. You recertify by either taking a two-day WFR Refresher (preferred), or by taking a WFA course with some additional studying outside of class.

WHAT IS TAUGHT? The WFR takes a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Injury Prevention, Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, Medical Emergencies, Packaging and Transporting Patients, and Long-Term Care. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics such as CPR included, and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? WFR students are asked to bring clothing suitable for getting dirty and appropriate to being active outside much of the day (you’ll be rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients). They should also bring items such as rain gear top and bottom, a water bottle, a headlamp, a day pack, and additional outdoor layers to use for building splints. Meals are not included. A complete packing list and directions are sent to students upon registration.

EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder curriculum, the Wilderness First Responder is a job-training program which integrates wilderness and medical training and leads to certification. As such, candidates must meet all First Responder functional job requirements in order to become certified.

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION? The WFR typically counts toward continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs.

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Groton, 05046

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