SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) with Train NEK

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Join us in our outdoor classroom here in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom (NEK) to earn your SOLO Wilderness First Responder! Or email <info at TrainNEK dot com> to request different dates for your group. All WFR courses cost $765 and are held in Peacham unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming 2022 WFR Dates (Courses crossed out below have filled.)

Thanks for a great season! The 2023 Schedule will go out in December.

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SAVE MONEY! MAIL A NOTE WITH COURSE TITLE and START DATE, STUDENT NAME, EMAIL and PHONE # AND A CHECK FOR $765 TO TRAIN NEK, PO BOX 132, PEACHAM, VT 05862. (We’ll email confirmation when your check is received.)


PAY BY CREDIT CARD ONLINE (additional EVENTBRITE fee applies) BY CLICKING ON YOUR DESIRED COURSE BELOW. (Your Eventbrite receipt will likely end up in your email Spam folder.) NOTE: Eventbrite may or may not refund their additional fees if you have to cancel; we recommend sending a check if your plans are uncertain.

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Eventbrite link for WFR Wednesday to Wednesday, September 28-October 5 (registration is closed)

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SOLO Wilderness First Responder – Recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals, the 72-hour WFR is generally taught over eight days, offering a solid mix of classroom, practical skills and outdoor sessions.

What is Taught? The WFR takes a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills necessary for Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. We also cover Packaging and Transporting Patients, Long-Term Patient Care, and Survival Skills. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics such as CPR included, and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice.

Who is This For? The SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is ideal for anyone wanting a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions, or anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. Generally taught over eight or nine days, this 72-hour course is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, search and rescue personnel, outdoor trip leaders, and others who expect to end up in remote settings with limited resources.

What is Included? Tuition includes engaging and personalized instruction, training materials, and SOLO WFR and Advanced CPR certification fees. WFR certification lasts for three years. You recertify your SOLO WFR by either taking a two-day SOLO WFR Refresher (preferred), or by taking a SOLO WFA course with some additional studying outside of class. 

*NOTE: Buyer beware! There are a lot of fly-by-night organizations. Wherever you choose to pursue a WFR, make sure the certification will be worth your time and money – with ample recertification opportunities. Will you have reciprocity with any of the widely-recognized and highly respected schools working within Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative guidelines (such as SOLO, AERIE, NOLS, WMA, and Desert Mountain Medicine)?

What Should I Bring? WFR students are asked to bring clothing suitable for being active outside much of the day in any weather (i.e. rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured, and kneeling next to mock patients). You should also bring additional layers for warming and treating patients. Lodging and meals are not included in the cost of tuition. Here is a complete packing list, which should also give you an idea of what to expect for class. Directions are sent to students upon registration.

Educational.Functional Job Requirements for Wilderness Medical Students and Providers: We welcome students of all abilities in the class. Please note that participation does not guarantee certification, however, since Wilderness First Responder is a job-training program integrating wilderness and medical training based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder curriculum. As such, candidates must meet all DOT First Responder functional job requirements in order to become certified.

Does the WFR Count as Continuing Education? The WFR typically counts toward continuing education credits, although it may depend on what certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. 

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