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First Aid Course

Mountaineering-Oriented First Aid

The Mountaineering-Oriented First Aid (MOFA) course uses classroom instruction and hands-on scenarios to teach prevention and first aid skills, allowing students to effectively prepare for and respond to wilderness emergencies. MOFA certification, which is valid for three years, is a requirement for Basic and Intermediate Climbing, Alpine Scrambles, and Leadership courses.

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Location of Training: Jefferson County Fire Department 1 Station 1-4, Cape George.  The Station is located at 3850 Cape George Rd., Port Townsend, WA 98368

Instructors: Robert Foster, Connie Fitzpatrick 

Course Goals:

  1. Presentation and discussion of considerations in patient care in a wilderness setting with extended pre-hospital care times.
  2. Practice in teams, with hands-on activities utilizing typical field equipment, caring for actor patients.


1) Students must have proof of current CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation ) training (e.g. CPR card). Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue ( offers FREE Heartsaver CPR classes every 3rd Thursday of the month. Classes are limited to 25 participants and will be held at Station 41, 7600 Old Military Road NE, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Call KF&R main line, 360-447-3550, to reserve a spot. 

2) Pre-class reading assignments from the course text, the SOAP Report form and Wilderness First Aid Cheat Sheet.  If you do not have time to read the materials before class, or attend the course in its entirety, please do not register for the course. 

3) Alert the instructor if you are allergic to Latex

Competency: As a result of participating in this training, members will heighten awareness and gain skills necessary for patient care in remote environments.  

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Wilderness First Aid Session 1
Jefferson County Fire Protection Building (Port Townsend)
Fri, Feb 23, 2018 -
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Registration closed Feb 21
1 participant
Jefferson County Fire Protection Building (Port Townsend)
Fri, Feb 22, 2019 -
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Registration closed Dec 15
23 participants
Required Equipment

Course materials:

The course text The text is Wilderness First Aid: A Text for Wilderness First Aid Courses

The text used for last year's course, Wilderness Basic Life Support 2013, Travel Medicine Press; Ingebretsen, is also acceptable.  Students are expected to purchase this text themselves and read the relevant chapters prior to the classroom session (see Course Outline above) 

The following texts will be used as reference materials during the training and discussions.

  1. Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care, 5th Ed. – Wilderness Medical Society.
  2. Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, 3rd Ed – MOSBY; Auerbach, Donner, Weiss.
  3. Wilderness Medicine, 5th Ed – NOLS; Tod Schimelpfenig.
  4. Mountaineering First Aid, 5th Ed. - Mountaineers Books; Carline, Lentz, Macdonald.
Course Materials

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