Wilderness First Responder

The Wilderness First Responder is the ideal level of medical training for professional Outdoor Leaders. This curriculum trains candidates for the challenge of medical situations in wilderness and remote settings. The WFR is a minimum 70 hour course that outlines all the material listed here. There are many providers of this training and most exceed requirements of the industry. It is important to note that a WFR certification merely indicates that an individual has attended and passed a training to the minimum standards.

It is important to note that, unlike EMT's, paramedics, nurses, etc. there is no national registry or exam for successfully achieving a WFR. With this in mind, a WFR training simply indicates to an organization's Physician Adviser that the individual has been trained in the necessary knowledge and skills to administer first aid in a wilderness or remote setting. At the same time, a WFR certified practitioner is not required to maintain any hours of experience during the time of their certification.

2014 Cohort(1)The Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) class taught at COCC is a WFR course, in partnership with Adventure Med. Their website outlines their curriculum and affiliation with the University of Utah School of Medicine.

This course, taught at COCC, is 74 hours of wilderness medical training, in compliance with the accepted standards of the industry. Students who complete the BWLS class receive a WFR certification and must also complete an American Heart Association's Heartsaver CPR course. This adds an additional 8 hours to the overall WFR certification.

Students, upon successful completion, receive a certification card from both Adventure Med and COCC's Outdoor Leadership Program.

The OLP recognizes all WFR certifications for the purpose of students' re-certification.