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SOLO Wilderness First Responder Class

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Join Onion River Outdoors and Train NEK to earn a SOLO Wilderness First Responder certification in downtown Montpelier, VT this fall!

Saturday, October 5 through Saturday, October 12

9:00 am to 6:00 pm


Register via mail by completing this registration form and mailing your check for $600, or

Register through Eventbrite at this link (extra Eventbrite fee applies):


The WFR is the perfect course for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry trips or expeditions, or anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting. This 72-hour course is recognized as the industry standard for outdoor professionals including river and mountain guides, outdoor trip leaders, ski patrollers, and others who generally expect to end up in remote settings with limited resources.

WHAT IS INCLUDED? WFR tuition of $600 includes instruction, training materials, and certification fees, including SOLO Advanced CPR certification. Certification lasts for three years. You recertify by either taking a two-day WFR Refresher (preferred), or by taking a WFA course with some additional studying outside of class.

WHAT IS TAUGHT? The WFR takes a comprehensive and in-depth look at the standards and skills of dealing with: Prevention, Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, Medical Emergencies, Packaging and Transporting Patients, and Long-Term Care. Topics are covered far more extensively than can be done in the WFA, with additional topics such as CPR included, and more time for building muscle memory through hands-on practice.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? WFR students are asked to bring clothing suitable for getting dirty and appropriate to being active outside much of the day (you’ll be kneeling on dirt, rocks, mud and possibly snow to help mock patients, and rolling around on the ground pretending to be injured). They should also bring items such as a water bottle, a headlamp, a day pack, and additional outdoor layers to use for building splints. Meals are not included. A complete packing list and directions are sent to students upon registration.

EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder curriculum, the Wilderness First Responder is a job-training program which integrates wilderness and medical training and leads to certification. As such, candidates must meet all First Responder functional job requirements in order to become certified.

DOES THE WFR COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION? The WFR typically counts toward 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.

Earlier Event: September 26
ORO Movie Night to benefit Little Bellas
Later Event: October 5
ORO Goes bikepacking!