Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR) - Limited to 10 Students
(3 day, 2 Night Course)
CLASS PREREQUISITE: Wilderness First Aid & Medicinal Plants Class (Wilderness First Aid Class prior to 2018 does not qualify)
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER (WFR)
Our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) program, referred to as the “Gold Standard” in wilderness medical care, is primarily intended for non-medical professionals who are traveling in the backcountry and serving as wilderness guides, outdoor instructors, outdoor educators, Search and Rescue (SAR) team members, ski patrol, medical personnel for adventure races/events, missionaries, expedition medical team members, etc. The scope of practice for a WFR is to prevent and identify medical problems, initiate reasonable and prudent field management and identify red flag signs and symptoms necessitating evacuation for potentially life-threatening problems.
If you are serious about expanding your depth of medical knowledge and honing your skills to deal with medical issues in backcountry environments, this challenging four-day program is highly recommended.
Since our WFR program builds upon material presented in Wilderness First Aid (WFA), unless pre approved, successful completion of our WFA/MP course is a prerequisite for the Off Grid Medic WFR program.
- Expanded Anatomy and Physiology
- Expanded Patient Assessment Skills
- Expanded Vital Signs
- Alternative Wound Closure Techniques
- Bleeding Control and Shock Management
- Improvised Traction Splints
- Indications and Use of Medical Oxygen
- Basic Airway Adjunct Indication and Use
- Lost Person Mentality and Behavior
- Medical Emergencies in the Backcountry
- Dislocation Reduction
- Introduction to Rotary Aircraft Ground Operations
- Emergency Carries and Improvised Litters
- Medical Kit Mentality
- Medical Leadership
- Medical Considerations in Remote Expedition Planning
The American Safety and Health Institute serves as the certifying agency for our WFR program. Certification is valid for two years. Adult, child and infant CPR and AED is included as part of this program.
Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 22 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Georgia Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshalls Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia.
He considers himself a lifelong learner and, when not immersed in medical material, Mark continues to hone his Bushcraft skills. He is often spotted making improvements to his seasonal residence, the Tarp Mahal, at the Georgia Bushcraft Base Camp. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he frequently uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.
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IMPORTANT: This class will require hikes of 2+ miles at a time in possibly very muddy and uneven while carrying your gear. Port-a-Pots are located approximately 400 yards from the base camp near the parking area. Water is available from jugs always located in Base Camp.
If you suffer from a medical condition or chronic pain, please bring your prescribed medicines with you. If you have recently undergone surgery or a hospital stay within the last 30 days, DO NOT attempt this course until you have had more time to recuperate.
Any student under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Due to property insurance restrictions: There will be NO camping on the school property prior to the start of the class or after the class concludes.
Camping on School Property available only during class dates.
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If you need to cancel..
Once you purchase a class for The Pathfinder School, the Pathfinder Gathering, or for a Self Reliance Outfitters store event, you have up to 14 days before the event or class to cancel and receive a refund. This provides us time to open the spot for someone else to purchase.
Any cancellations past that threshold will not be eligible for a refund. A cancellation due to an emergency will be handled on a case by case basis and will only be eligible for a store gift card.
If you do not show up for a class or event your registration fees are forfeited and no refunds or store credits will be issued.
If a class gets canceled...
We require a minimum of 5 to 10 students to conduct a class (depending on the class). If a class needs to be cancelled due to an insufficient number of registrations, you will be contacted by phone or email. You will then have the option to transfer to another class (if available), receive a store gift card, or a refund.
Please note: The Pathfinder School LLC is not responsible for travel expenses, airline tickets, or other accommodations if a class is cancelled.