Renew Your Wilderness First Responder In Time For Summer Adventures

The Mountaineers offer two 3-day Wilderness First Responder Recertification courses, a 10-day Wilderness First Responder Course, and a new 5-day Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Course.
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February 03, 2017

Is your Wilderness First Responder certification about to expire? You're in luck! Back by popular demand, The Mountaineers will be offering Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) courses starting March 3, 2017. Or if you need to get a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) cert,  we're offering a 10-day and a 5-day Hybrid WFR (H-WFR) course! 

You may have taken our Alpine First Aid,  Wilderness First Aid, and MOFA courses. Now you can expand your remote medical skills by taking a 5-day Hybrid Wilderness First Responder (H-WFR) course, a   10-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course or a 3-day Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) course at the Seattle Program Center in partnership with Remote Medical International (RMI).

Knowing basic/intermediate medical skills is important for anyone who adventures outside, especially when you get out all the time. First aid is also needed to graduate from certain Mountaineers courses, and the WFR and WFC will fulfill that need by going beyond the level of the basic required first aid course. 

Registration for all 2017 WFR, H-WFR, and WFC courses is open!

WHAT IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER (WFR) CERTIFICATION?

The WFR certification is considered the minimum standard for outdoor professionals working as guides, trip leaders, and outdoor educators. The course is also recommended for individuals venturing beyond the realm of quick and easy 911 access.

The course is a 10-day training that provides intermediate medical skills for remote environments. Through a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away.

The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments. 

A WFR certification is valid for two years after completing the course. Students with a two-year certification term from Remote Medical International have a one-year grace period to recertify. During the grace period, students are are not considered valid providers.

WHAT IS the difference between the 10-day WFR course and the 5-day hybrid WFR course?

The Hybrid Wilderness First Responder (H-WFR) course combines 20-30 hours of online coursework with five days of onsite training to provide intermediate medical skills to individuals working or playing in a remote or wilderness setting.

The 10-day WFR course is taught in one classroom setting and involves no online coursework prior or after the course.

This Wilderness First Responder course is taught by instructors from Remote Medical International. For more information on Remote Medical International and the course, see their websiteNote: This instance of the H-WFR does not include the NREMT Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification.

WHAT IS A WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER RECERTIFICATION (WFC)?

If you already have a WFR certification and need to recertify, The Mountaineers is hosting a Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) course as well. This is a 3-day course also taught by Remote Medical International. 

TAKE A 2017 COURSE

3-DAY WFC COURSE

Click on one of the dates below to learn more and register:

MARCH 3-5 NOVEMBER 10-12

10-DAY WFR COURSE

Click on the date below to learn more and register:

MAY 26-JUNE 4

5-DAY H-WFR COURSE

Click on the date below to learn more and register:

December 6-10

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE THE WFR OR WFC?

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) students must: 

  • Be 18+ years old or 16+ with parent/guardian approval

Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFC) students must:

  • Be 18+ years old or 16+ with parent/guardian approval
  • Have a current WFR Certification. Remote Medical International (RMI) offers reciprocity with other remote and wilderness medical training companies. You can recertify with RMI if you took your original course from another organization upon pre-approval. Individuals who have been certified by another organization will receive a certification card from RMI upon successful completion of the WFR recertification course. 

MORE INFO:

  • Interested in learning more about first aid programs offered by The Mountaineers? Click here.
  • If you have questions about the upcoming WFR and WRC courses at the Seattle Program Center, email  or .
  • You can learn more about other remote medical courses or about our partners at RMI by visiting www.remotemedical.com.

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