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An Overview of Wilderness First Responder Certification

May 22, 2012

Presented by Trackers Northwest

The first Wilderness First Responder (WFR) classes were taught in 1985 by Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities, Inc., better known as SOLO. Today, WFR certifications are also offered by other organizations, but overall curricula remain similar for each.

A WFR course typically provides 70 to 80 hours of instruction over seven to 10 days. Topics covered vary by provider, but can include anatomy and physiology, how to respond to bites and stings, bivouac skills, burns, long-term patient care, and medical decision-making. The goal of Wilderness First Responder certification is to prepare an individual to provide care for an injury suffered hours or days from an ambulance. As a result, many outdoor companies require WFR certification for their employees. The certification remains good for three years, and recertification is possible through a refresher course. Evaluation for certification is done throughout the course, and there is a written test at the close. College or continuing education may even be available through certain course providers.

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Trackers Northwest offers outdoor classes and programs, including a Wilderness First Aid course, for adults and youths in and around Portland, Oregon.

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