Wilderness First Responder 5-Day (WFR5)

DATE:  December 7-9 & 15-16, 2018

TIME:  8:30am – 5:30pm

*** This course requires approximately 30 hours of Self Study prior to the start of class ***

*** Registration Deadline is November 23rd to allow time to complete Self-Study materials***

LOCATION:  Indoor Sessions – Telluride Fire House, Outdoor Sessions – Various locations around Telluride. This course can also be sponsored and brought to your location (contact us for more information).

COST:  $695 Tuition and Materials (Field Guide, Handouts, Online Study Materials, First Aid Kit, Pocket Face Mask). Acquiring the course textbook, Wilderness First Responder: How To Recognize, Treat, And Prevent Emergencies In The Backcountry, 3rd Edition by Buck Tilton, in print or digital format is the responsibility of the student. Registered students will be emailed several options for procuring the text. 

REGISTRATION & POLICIES:   To register you have two options: (1) Call us at (970) 729-2779 and register over the phone. (2) Send us a message using the “Contact Us” tab of this website. A deposit of $200 by cash, check or credit card is required to reserve a space in the course with the balance due at the beginning of class. Cancellation prior to 2 weeks is eligible for a full refund. Cancellation within 2 weeks forfeits the deposit.

*** Registration Deadline is November 23rd to allow time to complete Self-Study materials ***

PREREQUISITES:  No previous first aid training is required. You must be 16 years old to attend this course.

CERTIFICATION:   Participants are required to pass both written and practical examinations to obtain WFR and CPR certifications. Successful course completion earns you an National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Wilderness First Responder certification and an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) BLS certification. Both certifications are for two years.


Essential for anyone who spends significant time in remote places or who has a professional career in the outdoors, the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course will prepare you to make difficult medical decisions in remote locations. This course is fast-paced and engaging. You’ll spend a large portion of your time outside of the classroom learning hands-on skills through realistic scenarios. In addition to scenarios, you’ll participate in two full-scale mock rescues, one of which may be at night. You will be taught by dynamic instructors who have practiced both wilderness and urban medicine. This course is ideal for all professionals operating in remote environments. Upon completion of this nationally recognized curriculum you will possess the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days.


The  5-Day WFR course covers the same material, meets the same criteria, and awards the same 72 hour certification as our “standard” 9 or 10 day  Wilderness First Responder course. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and possess the self-discipline to complete approximately 30 hours of pre-course preparation. The Self-Study materials will be emailed to students as soon as the deposit is paid. Students are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies and online quizzes. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site training will focus primarily on practical skill building and wilderness rescue scenarios. Attendance is required for all scheduled classes. Scenarios and practice sessions will take place both inside and outside. Simulated rescues will take place outside, rain or shine.


Please bring outdoor clothing appropriate for lying on potentially wet, muddy or snowy, cold ground playing the role of both rescuer and patient. Depending on the season, you will need: day pack, water bottle, multiple clothing layers, waterproof jacket and pants, gloves and hat, sturdy shoes, and a watch with a second hand or a cell phone timer.


Topics include:
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Documentation
  • Medical Legal
  • CPR
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Long-term Patient Care
  • Chest Injuries
  • Shock
  • Head Injuries
  • Wilderness Wound Management
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Fracture Management and Traction Splinting
  • Dislocations
  • Cold Injuries
  • Heat Illness
  • Altitude Illness
  • Cardiac, Respiratory and Neurological Emergencies
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Water Disinfection
  • Bites, Stings and Poisoning
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Diabetes
  • Search and Rescue
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Communication
  • Survival and Evacuation
  • Lightning
  • Submersion
  • Medical Decision-Making
  • Common Wilderness Medical Problems
  • Wilderness First Aid Kits and Rx Drug Kits