Wilderness First Responder Course

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. This 5-day format is for individuals with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation. This course is available for for college credit through the Western States Extended Studies Department.  KMG medical course instructors include Josh Kling – EMT B, AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Ski and Alpine Guide, and AMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide as well as by Brad Sablosky – EMT-Paramedic, Durango Fire and Rescue, Pro Ski Patroller.  There are no other courses in the region who have instructors with this level of combined training


25 Hours Pre-Course Preparation and 45 Hours On-Site Training

Class Format

This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as our standard Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation.

A pre-course study guide is mailed to students two to four weeks before the course starts allowing time to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, and tests. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site daytime training can focus on wilderness and rescue scenarios and practical skills. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

The Five-Day WFR course has been through five years of development and testing. The pilot courses have been well received and very effective. However, we do need to emphasize that conscientious preparation is essential for success. This is not a short-cut version of our standard course.


This includes the WMA textbook, case studies workbook, field guide, lecture notes, and handouts. The Wilderness and Rescue Medicine book by Jeff Isaac PA-C is NOT included with this course and will need to be purchased separately.

Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the ILCOR/AHA guidelines as published in Circulation in November 2005. All WMA certifications remain valid for three years. At the discretion of your local or state EMS authorities, the WFR certification may qualify you to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam.


Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course, but no later than the last day of the month in which your original certificate expires. Recertification options include the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, the 36-hour WAFA-to-WFR Bridge Course, the 24-hour Open Recertification Course or the 16-hour WMA Recertification Course.

All KMG Guides and Instructors are American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Single Pitch Instructors or have higher levels of training.  We are the SOLE DURANGO or SILVERTON BASED GUIDE SERVICE that only hires AMGA trained and certified guides and instructors.  This means you can rest assured that the guide has gone through extensive training with the best organization in the industry.  All KMG guides have wilderness medical training and CPR.  Some are EMT’s, paramedics, RN’s.

Price Includes

  • Paramedic (NREMT-P) or Physicians Assistant (PA-C) as the lead instructor
  • EMT or greater for assistant instructors
  • All instructors are Practicing Medical Profesionals.  IE they have actual patient contact on a regular basis and are not just instructors.

Price Does Not Include

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine (WARM) book by Jeff Isaac
  • Travel to the course site from your location
  • Personal accommodations, clothing, gear, food, etc. 
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance
  • Guide/ Staff gratuity


  • Students should bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. Also needed are pens and a notebook.


  • Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in the Five-Day WFR course.
  • No previous medical training is required.


  • General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems:
    • BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma
  • Practical Skills:
    • Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration
  • Environmental Topics:
    • Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche
  • Musculoskeletal Systems:
    • Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations
  • Other:
    • Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits

Registration & Cancelation


5 Day WFR

Indian Creek, UT*

November 23-27, 2019


7 Day WFR

Moab, UT*

April 13-19, 2020


5 Day WFR

Telluride, CO

May 11-15, 2020


5 day WFR 

Durango, CO*

May 18-22, 2020

*camping available – please inquire with Wilderness Medic


5-7 days




Client to Guide Ratio

Up to 12 students per instructor