Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - Tacoma - 2016

First Aid Course

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Wilderness First Aid at Tacoma Program Center

WFA Course: The Wilderness First Aid class is typically a fast-paced, two-day course with 8 hours of instruction each day.  The course is based on short lectures, labs and realistic practice scenarios.  The course is taught by Remote Medical International (RMI) at various weekends throughout the year.  The course includes an independent certification.  Students are provide ample opportunities to master the central concepts and skills of wilderness medicine along with the confidence to use it in a real setting.

The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is approved by the Tacoma Climbing committees as a means for Basic/Intermediate Climbing and Alpine Scrambles to meet their wilderness first aid requirements.  Basic Climbing and Alpine Scrambling students are encouraged to register for, and complete, the WFA course as soon as their schedule allows.  The course certification by Remote Medical International is valid for 2 years and is recognized world-wide by the American Mountain Guides Association, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, the US Government, as well as other major outdoor programs

WFA Scenarios class is a hands-on practical session at the Tacoma Branch Program Center to test your skills after completing the two day WFA course.  This class is scheduled the MONDAY evening (6:30 to 9:00pm) immediately following the two day weekend course.  Completion of the Scenarios session is required to receive your badge in the Mountaineers system.  You will be automatically registered for Monday evening Scenario class. Contact the course leader if you have any questions or unable to make the scenario class.

Course Equivalency:  Some requirements may be waived or equivalency granted to individuals who have current backcountry medical certifications or extensive experience in providing medical care in remote or austere environments.  Contact the course leader if you meet these requirements.   You will need to provide proof of your certification and/or experience and may still be required to complete the Scenario portion of the class to receive credit.  Urban and front-country medical training alone is not sufficient to meet the requirement, even with advance education and experience.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
WFA Scenarios
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Sep 27, 2017
Registration closed Sep 27
10 participants
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Oct 3, 2017
Registration closed Oct 3
0 participants
3 instructors
Wilderness First Aid (RMT)
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 -
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
Registration closed Sep 29
1 participant
0 instructors
Required Equipment

Course manual, first aid materials and lecture notes will be provided by RMI.  This course is a mixture of inside and outside experiences.  You may be asked to sit or lie on the ground as part of a practice scenario.  Additionally, stage make-up (moulage) is used to represent injuries.  Please wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty! Below is a list of items recommended for this course:

Pencil/pen and notepad

Layered clothing in preparation for varying weather.

Water bottle, snacks, lunch, coffee mug, etc.

Sit pad, closed-cell foam pad.

Light day pack with equipment for day hikes.  Please include items that coube be utilized for medical emergencies ( first aid kit, extra clothing)

Course Materials

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