HYBRID and STANDARD WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER
The 80-hour wilderness First responder (WFR) course is recognized as the standard medical
training for guides, outdoor educators, and wilderness enthusiasts. The WFR course provides participants
with the knowledge and skill to prevent, assess, treat and evacuate trip participants in the event
of a medical emergency in remote locations. Upon successful completion participants will receive a
Desert Mountain Medicine Wilderness First Responder and CPR card both valid for 3 years.
The Hybrid WFR course includes 30 hours of online material through Canvas® and 50 hours
(5 days) in the classroom. Course participants must complete the self-paced, online material
before the first day of class. The online material consists of reading assignments, case studies,videos,
photos, animations, quizzes and exams. During the intensive 5-day classroom section participants
practice the didactic material learned online with a DMM instructor team via drills, skill stations,
scenarios and discussions. The standard WFR course is in an 8-day intensive format with no pre-course
work. The learning outcomes of both courses are the same.
The WFR course cost is $675 per participant or $6750. Our minimum enrollment is 10 WFR participants
with a maximum of 24 although, we can accommodate up to 30. Your program/organization will be
credited a free tuition for every 15 paid WFR registrants. The total minimum price of $6750 includes
travel, lodging and food for two instructors as well as books and medical equipment. Desert Mountain
Medicine will arrange and cover all expenses for travel, lodging and food for our staff. If your organization
provides lodging then $450 (5-day course) or $675 (8-day course) can be deducted from the total
EQUIPMENT & BOOKS
We will provide all the medical equipment, books, paperwork and gear for the course. When we travel
by air we may inquire about the availability of bulky items like backboards, rescue litters and CPR
Our specialty is to provide wilderness medicine education in remote back country settings. We can
teach in most environments however, when working in classrooms we ask that an outdoor space is
available for staff to facilitate several small groups through scenarios, drills and skill stations.
If you have any further questions please contact our Director, Nadia Kimmel at 406.579.7070
We look forward to working with you.