Wilderness First Responder in Colorado

7 10 2009

Apex will offer it’s full Colorado Wilderness First Responder course from October 15 through November 1, 2009.

Learn the tools and skills for wilderness and rescue medicine. World-famous SOLO Wilderness Medicine School introduced this course to the U.S. in the 1970’s and has been educating an international audience ever since. Take your WFR from the source – call Apex today to reserve your spot.

Our course curriculum and certification is provided by world-renowned SOLO Wilderness Medicine, and is taught by certified instructors. SOLO brought Wilderness Medicine to the United States in 1976.

The Apex Mountain School – SOLO Wilderness First Responder curriculum uses the principles of long-term care, improvised resources, and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning. Now the most widely recognized and most oft-required outdoor leader certification, the Wilderness First Responder course was initially developed and taught by SOLO in the mid-1980’s. Created to provide outdoor leaders, guides, and rangers with the knowledge to deal with crises in remote settings, this 80-hour certification course meets DOT National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended-care situations. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of the WFR is on prevention and decision-making.

The WFR course curriculum addresses, among other matters, the issues of medicolegal concerns, bloodborne pathogens and infectious diseases. The Patient Assessment System, the foundation of the course, trains students on the fundamentals of determining and addressing the status and needs of backcountry patients. Other sessions provide instruction in traumatic situations and other medical emergencies response. Environmental issues such as hypothermia and heat injuries are dealt with in great detail. Practical simulations and labs provide practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills.

This intensive 80-hour curriculum takes place over seven days, and should not be confused with the condensed 5-day, 45-hour course offered by competitors, which does not meet DOT National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended-care situations.
A typical day consists of a mixture of hands-on practical skill work and information-rich lecture sessions. To increase learning and comprehension, we complement these sessions with indoor and outdoor mock scenarios and simulations.

The course schedule is as follows: Sunday, October 25, 4pm to 7:30pm; Monday, October 26 through Saturday, October 31, 8am to 6:30pm daily with at least one late day; Sunday, November 1, 8am to 3pm. Evening study sessions may also be beneficial. The program is fast-paced– be prepared.

Since much of class time is outdoors, come prepared for the time of year and environment in which you are taking the course. Sturdy boots, reliable raingear, appropriate clothing and cold-weather items are essential – Colorado weather can go from 70 to 30 degrees in minutes, nighttime temps may be frigid, and snow is always possible in the fall season. Bring lunch with you daily, as lunch is an open-discussion environment that is part of the class.

Students who successfully complete the course receive a SOLO Wilderness First Responder card and an American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR card (or equivalent). Certification is based on successful completion of the course, which includes 100% attendance of course. Instructors provide ongoing feedback and many opportunities for questions. Final assessment of each student’s skills includes written and practical exams. Syllabus, First Aid Book, and Workbook are included in your course fee and will be provided on the first day of your course.

For more information, visit our Colorado Wilderness First Responder page.




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