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Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder Course In-The-Field Canada

Summary

  • Cost:
  • Wilderness First Responder: $855.00

Location: Whistler   Duration: 1 Week   Fitness: Average   Ability: Introductory   Prerequisites: None  

Wilderness First Responder is designed for search and rescue personnel and outdoor professionals working in remote settings and those requiring a solid foundation in wilderness pre-hospital emergency care.

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Course Information

Wilderness First Responder is designed for search and rescue personnel and outdoor professionals working in remote settings and those requiring a solid foundation in wilderness pre-hospital emergency care.

Course curriculum is at the level of the Emergency Medical Responder with an emphasis on prevention, practical skills, decision making and dealing with environmental conditions.

In addition to reviewing material covered in the 40-hour program, this course covers:

  • Traumatic injuries
  • Incident command
  • Long-term patient care
  • Leader responsibility and liability
  • Advanced first aid kits
  • Wound cleaning
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Helicopter safety
  • Altitude
  • Search and rescue
  • Working with Emergency Medical Services

The program includes CPR/AED for the Health Care Provider.

Cost: $855 (Prices are subject to tax)
Included: Course manuals, certificate

*There will be a night simulation session that runs from 6:00pm-10:00pm on one of the course days, date to be determined in-class

Day 1

  • 08:00
  • Meet and greet, registration, waivers
  • Discuss course objectives, requirements, itinerary and curriculum
  • Course material
  • Lunch at around noon
  • Course material
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day and homework

Days 2 – 7

  • 08:00
  • Review homework
  • Course material
  • Lunch at around noon
  • Course material
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, discuss following day

Day 8

  • 08:00
  • Review homework
  • Course material
  • Lunch at around noon
  • Course material and review
  • Exam
  • 16:30 End of day. Debrief, certification, discuss next steps
  • Course close

As a wilderness course portions of the day will be spent outdoors – please plan ahead and dress for the conditions.

We like to see our students using their own gear so as to be familiar with the equipment that will be available to them in a real world first aid situation.

We suggest students bring:

  • Sleeping pad (Inflatable mat, foam pad)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Simple shelter (tent fly, tarp with rope for anchoring)
  • Ropes
  • Extra clothing (Weatherprof shell jacket, down or synthetic insulated “puffy” jacket)
  • Pens, pencils, notebook, laptop (optional)
  • Lunch, snacks, water

All other course materials will be available including:

  • First aid supplies
  • Multi-use equipment (hiking poles, rope, tarp)
  • Pocket mask
  • AED
  • CPR Mannequin
  • First aid in the workplace and wilderness considerations
  • Remote environments
  • Leadership considerations: responsibility and liability
  • Medico-legal issues
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Preventing disease transmission, universal health precautions
  • Anatomy and physiology, homeostasis
  • Surface anatomy, body systems
  • Types of shock and management of shock
  • Evacuation guidelines, long-term patient care, patient packaging
  • Emergency Scene Management
  • Patient Assessment System (SOAP)
  • Primary Survey
  • Dealing with life-threatening conditions
  • Assessment of ABCs
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (Healthcare Provider)
  • Choking and airway obstruction, airway management, oropharyngeal airways (OPA)
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Pocket masks and bag valve masks (BVM)
  • Use of AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and wilderness considerations
  • Nasopharyngeal airways and manual suction device
  • Introduction to Oxygen Administration: indication for oxygen delivery and delivery equipment
  • Secondary Survey
  • Vital signs, physical exam, and medical history
  • Accident report and recording
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Types of bleeding
  • Types of wounds: burns, blisters, bleeds
  • Wound management: bandaging and dressings, wilderness considerations for long-term wound care
  • First aid kits, equipment, and supplies
  • General wilderness medication considerations
  • Backcountry water disinfection
  • Traumatic injuries and mechanism of injury
  • Facial and head injuries, spinal injuries
  • Chest, abdominal, and pelvic injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries and assessment
  • Strains, sprains, and fractures
  • Immobilization and splinting
  • Patient moving and transportation: rolls, drags, lifts,
  • Carries and litters
  • Spinal boards, cervical collars, improvised collars
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies: heart attack, stroke, seizures, diabetes
  • Non-traumatic abdominal emergencies
  • Asthma, allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Poisons and toxins
  • Genitourinary emergencies
  • Psychological and emotional trauma
  • Risk management and hazard evaluation
  • Common backcountry problems

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance upon booking and Emergency Evacuation insurance.

Emergency Evacuation and Medical

This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by National Health.

We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance. Emergency evacuation insurance is also compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.

Trip Cancellation Insurance

To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.

Our recommended insurance provider is Tugo.Com who can be reached via the following:

All course prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars and are exclusive of a 5% Federal GST. Prices are subject to change.

Full payment is required at time of registration. Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA through our online payment portal. We also accept Credit Card payment over the phone, bank transfer and cash.

Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.

Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.

Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to First Aid and WFR courses.

Adventures Cancellation Policy

Half Day and Full Day Programs

  • Within 24 hours: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, no reschedule.
  • Outside of 24 hours: $25 rescheduling fee per booking or full refund.
Multi Day Programs
  • 2 Day Programs: Within 10 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 10 days: $25 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.
  • 3+ Day Programs: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule or full refund.
  • Customized Trips: 30 days cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition, Outside of 30 days: $75penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**On all multi day trips pre arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).

Courses Cancellation Policy

1-2 Day Courses

  • Within 10 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 10 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

3+ Day Courses

  • Within 30 days: Cancellation notice will result in a 100% forfeit of tuition
  • Outside of 30 days: $75 penalty to reschedule per booking or full refund.

**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.

Minors (under the age of 18 for our courses based in Alberta and 19 for those based in BC) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where the parents/legal guardian are not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well as must sign a waiver and have their parents or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.


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