Wilderness First Responder


Bend, Oregon

Group Size

4 people per guide


3 days


Hard, Extreme

Our Wilderness First Responder program far exceeds all other programs available. We have the perfect mix of medical, basic rescue training and survival for leaders in backcountry locations including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue personnel, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is extensive and demanding; it will challenge students' decision making skills and physical fitness. This course includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems, begin basic rescue operations, understand and implement navigation in a rescue operation, deal with aircraft during a rescue, and be proficient in multiple roles during a backcountry medical or rescue situation. This includes isolated and extreme environments for an extended period of time. This course is primarily taught in the backcountry and is extremely challenging, both physically and mentally. Attendees will be camping for the duration of the course. Be prepared for one nighttime operation. This course is has Rope Rescue and Swift Water rescue as bookends, all three courses can be combined to prepare you for austere rescue and medical work.

Prerequisite: ICS-100 certification is required. This is a free two hour course online with FEMA.

Certifications earned with this course:
Wilderness First Responder
Advanced Bleeding Control (M.A.R.C.H.)
Bloodborne Pathogens
​CPR/AED and High Performance CPR
​Emergency Oxygen use
Administration of Epinephrine Auto-Injectors