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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

From SOLO

SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers.

WHO IS THE WFR COURSE FOR?

The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.

WHAT IS TAUGHT?

The WFR is 72+ hours long (8 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.

SOLO methods mix classroom, practice, scenarios, and testing.  Through a combination of methods, we work to ensure our students understand and integrate the materials. We do our best to adequately prepare our students for any testing and try to make the process as stress-free as possible. We have an excellent pass rate on all exams.

IS THERE AN EXAM?

There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and a written test.

DO I GET CERTIFIED?

Yes. Your SOLO WFR certification is good for three years.

HOW DO I RECERTIFY?

You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course or a 2-day WFA course (current SOLO WFRs only). Current WFRs who have completed a SOLO-approved WFR course from another program will only be able to recertify through SOLO by taking a SOLO Wilderness First Responder Recertification course.

EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS

Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?

The WFR typically counts as 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.

WHAT ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD?

Oak Hill has many lodging opportunities, but for the most convenient option we recommend lodging at our host site, ACE Adventure Resort. There are options for cabins, tent, or RV spots. https://aceraft.com/west-virginia-cabin-rentals/new-river-gorge-cabins/

Cost: 

Dates: TBD – this fall! Follow our Facebook for the announcement! 

Length: 72+ hours

Certification: 3-year SOLO cert. 

Age Restriction: minimum age 16

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)