SOLO Wilderness First Responder (WFR) with Train NEK
Please see our COVID update.
Join us here in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom (NEK) to earn your SOLO Wilderness First Responder! All WFR courses cost $750 and are held in our outdoor classroom in Peacham unless otherwise noted.
2023 WFR Dates (Courses crossed out below have filled.)
Saturday-Saturday, March 11-18, 9a-6p (local indoor facility)
- Sunday-Sunday, June 25-July 2, 9a-6p
- Monday-Monday, August 28-September 4, 9a-6p
- Wednesday-Wednesday, September 27-October 4, 9a-6p
To request different dates for your group, email <Info at TrainNEK dot com>.
TWO OPTIONS FOR PAYMENT
SAVE MONEY! MAIL A NOTE WITH COURSE TITLE and START DATE, STUDENT NAME, EMAIL and PHONE # AND A CHECK FOR $750 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.
EVENTBRITE LINK for Saturday to Saturday, March 11-18 (registration is closed)
EVENTBRITE LINK for Sunday to Sunday, June 25-July 2
EVENTBRITE LINK for Monday to Monday, August 28-September 4
EVENTBRITE LINK for Wednesday to Wednesday, September 27-October 4
Who is This Course 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, and 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. *(Current medical providers might wish to take the five-day Wilderness Module for Healthcare Professionals instead.)
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 include Packaging and Transporting Patients, Long-Term Patient Care, and Risk Management Considerations. 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. This course meets and exceeds all guidance from the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative. Importantly, by virtue of this being an in-person course in an outdoor classroom, we’ll be practicing the art of human interaction in a dynamic environment – a critical skillset in being an excellent backcountry caregiver.
What is Included? Course cost includes engaging and personalized instruction, real-life interaction with fun and interesting human beings, textbook and 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: We hope you will choose Train NEK – but wherever you go to pursue your WFR, make sure the certification will be worth your time and money, with ample recertification opportunities. Check if the organization has 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 information about what to expect for class, including a complete packing list, Directions and further details are sent to students upon registration.
Does the WFR Count as Continuing Education? The WFR typically counts toward continuing education credits, depending on the certification you have. Street EMTs who take the WFR course may become certified as Wilderness EMTs. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm eligibility for Continuing Education Units with their governing body.
© Train NEK | Wilderness Medicine 2020