Duration: 80 hours (taught in non-urban setting) with optional overnight camps
Cost: $889 + HST (Recertification: $449 + HST)

The WFR course is the gold standard for individuals who work as part of a formal rescue and response system, typically having a duty to act as a member of a team; rescuers who specialize in decision-making, extrication, and transport in challenging environments with varied terrain and risk levels.

With a focus on extrication and rescue decision-making, the WFR is tailored to the team approach engaging in a targeted rescue. Through use of professional tool kit and resources, the scenarios involve urgent evacuation and consideration extended care (5+ days) in environments where survival may be compromised.

Intended for rescuers who specialize in decision-making, evacuation, and transport in a remote or wilderness setting. Suitable for those who work in remote emergency services, remote worksites, ski patrol, search and rescue, etc.

Completion Requirements:

100% attendance, skills demonstration, and 75% min. passing grade on written quiz


3-year certification in Wilderness First Responder


40 hour recertification. Proof of valid Red Cross WFR certificate required.

Course Content:

  • Planning
  • Responding to the call
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Scene assessment
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Ongoing Assessment
  • Airway management and respiratory emergencies
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and Soft Tissue Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Injuries
  • Head and Spinal Injuries
  • Acute and Chronic Illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Wildlife
  • Environmental illnesses
  • Pregnancy, Labour, and Delivery
  • Special populations
  • Mental and emotional health and wellness
  • Reaching, lifting, and extricating patients
  • Extended care
  • Transportation
  • Arranging transfer
  • Multiple-casualty incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Workplace considerations
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Practice and scenarios

Optional Overnight Camps

Supplementary Content:

  • customizable / to be determined

Take-Home Materials:

  • Waterproof Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Field Guide
  • Emergency Care for Professional Responders Text
  • Basic Life Support Field Guide
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