Wilderness Medical Classes
WILDERNESS EMT MODULE

SOLO’s WEMT Module is a 5-day program that upgrades current street First Responders to the WFR level, and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. It focuses on emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance.
The Module covers subjects such as:
• Principles of Long-Term Patient Care
• Wilderness Patient Assessment System
• Principles of Long-Term Soft Tissue Injuries
• Principles of Long-Term Musculoskeletal Injuries
• Environmental Emergencies (Hypothermia, Frostbite, Non-Freezing Cold-Related Injuries)
• Heat Stroke
• Heat Exhaustion
• Dehydration
• North American Bites and Stings
• Severe Weather,Lightning & Avalanche
• Barotrauma and Marine Bites & Stings
• Case Histories and Mock Rescues
SOLO’s WEMT Module is designed to give current First Responders/EMTs the skills they need when the ambulance is a long way off. Participants will take a written and practical wilderness exam. This course typically counts as 40 hours of continuing education for National Registry EMTs.
EMT WILD DAY
A SOLO Wild Day recertifies the wilderness component for current WEMTs. It is often scheduled at the end of an
EMT RTP course. A Wild Day does not certify street EMTs to the wilderness level (see EMT Module, above).
Course Topics
The WEMT course consists of the standard DOT EMT curriculum and the principles of Wilderness Medicine integrated into the four-week training. The course includes all the information in the Wilderness First Responder and expands each topic in anatomy, physiology, recognition and treatment, and the extended care principles and protocols.
SPECIFIC WEMT SKILLS include:
• Trauma Assessment System: Rapid and Detailed Assessments
• Heathcare Provider CPR: Adult, Child, Infant CPR and Obstructed Airway AED
• Advanced Airway Mgt. Skills
• Barotauma & Dive-Related Injuries
• Marine Bites and Stings
• Avalanche Skills
• Behavior & Psychiatric Emergencies
• Emergency Childbirth
• Geriatric Medicine
• Pediatric Trauma
• Mass Casualty Incidents
• Incident Command System
• Hazardous Materials
• Mock Rescues
• Case Histories

Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the recognized industry standard for those who work as backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides, and ski patrollers.

WHO IS THE WFR COURSE FOR?
The WFR is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFR is 72-80 hours long (7 to 10 days), and is a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies. Although these appear to be the same basic topics covered in our two-day WFA course, they are covered far more extensively, and there is much more hands-on practice. Additional topics, such as CPR, are also included.
IS THERE AN EXAM?
There is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and a written test.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. Your SOLO WFR certification is good for three years.
HOW DO I RECERTIFY?
You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course or a 2-day WFA course.
EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS
Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course
DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFR typically counts as 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. Within the first year of completing a SOLO WFR, students may enroll in a SOLO WEMT Part II Module (the last two weeks of a WEMT course) to get their WEMT certification (they must pass practical and written EMT exams). Call 603-447-6711 for further information.
Course Topics
• Anatomy & Physiology (A & P) of Respiratory System and Cardiothoracic Region
• A & P of the Cardiovascular System
• A & P of the Central Nervous System
• A & P of the Gastrointestinal System and Genitourinary System
• A & P of the Integumentary System
• A & P of the Musculoskeletal System
• Abdominal Pain
• Abdominal Trauma
• Allergic Reactions
• Altitude-Related Injuries
• Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
• Bites & Stings: Animals & Plants
• Bivouac Skills
• Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease
• Body Systems: Anatomy & Physiology
• Burns
• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
• Changes in Level of Consciousness
• Chest Pain
• Chest Trauma
• Cold-Related Injuries
• Common Expedition Problems
• CPR Considerations in the Remote Environment
• CPR Practical Exam
• Diabetic Emergencies
• Dislocations & Reduction Techniques
• Drowning-Related Injuries
• Environmental Emergencies
• Fractures & Splinting Techniques
• Group Preventative Medicine
• Head Trauma
• Heat-Related Injuries
• History Taking & SAMPLE
• Improvising Litters
• Leadership in a Backcountry
• Emergency Lifting & Moving Techniques
• Lightning-Related Injuries
• Long-Term Patient Care
• Long-Term Management of the Shock Victim
• Long-Term Wound Care
• Medical Emergencies
• Medical Emergencies and Patient Assessment
• Medicolegal Issues
• Mock Rescue
• Organizing the Rescue
• PAS in the Extreme Environment
• Patient Assessment System (PAS)
• Poisoning
• Primary Survey: “The First Five Minutes”
• Prudent Heart Living
• Role of the Wilderness First Responder
• Secondary Survey & Vital Signs
• Shock & Bleeding Control
• Shortness of Breath
• SOAPnote & Getting Help
• Soft Tissue Injuries & Bandaging Skills
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Spinal Cord Injury Management
• Splinting Practice
• Sprains & Strains
• Techniques of CPR & CPR Skills
• The Anatomy of a Backcountry Crisis
• The Ten Essentials
• Use of Epinephrine
• Wilderness Stabilization & Bivouac
• Wilderness versus Urban First Responder
• Wilderness First Responder Practical Exam
• Wilderness First Responder Written Exam

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Accidents happen. People get hurt, sick, or lost. The temperature drops, the wind picks up, and it starts to rain. Would you know what to do? Many backcountry emergencies are preventable, and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse. By learning a few basic skills, you can make the difference between a good outcome and a bad one-and maybe even save a life.
WHO IS THE WFA FOR?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – see course outline in sidebar.
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.
DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying SOLO’s Wilderness First Responder program.
Course Topics
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

• Introduction
• Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
• Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
• Asthma
• Backcountry Essentials
• Cold-Related Injuries
• Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills (including lightning)
• Heat-Related Injuries
• Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
• Orthopedics
• Patient Assessment System
• Patient Lifting & Moving
• Principles of Fracture Care
• Rescue Plan
• Response & Assessment
• Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
• Spinal Cord Injury Management
• Sprains & Strains
• Techniques
• The Human Animal
• Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries
• Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries
• Universal Precautions
• Use of Epinephrine

Courses & Dates

EMT Upgrade Module, $475

  • 2017 dates -pending-

WFR $725

  • None at this time

WFR Recert, additional 3 hours per day to recert $200

  • None at this time

WFA, $200

  • April 29-30, 2017
  • August 19-20, 2017
  • September 9-11, 2017
  • October 16-20, 2017

Class will be each day from 8:30 to 5, unless otherwise noted in class description.