Wilderness First Responder RECERTIFICATION in Colorado

7 10 2009

Apex to offer WFR recert course in beautiful Colorado for the 4th year running!

This course is provided for the recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification. Did you receive your certification through another provider? No problem – we honor most major providers for recerts; call for more details and prior approval.

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 16-hour certification course meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of this Colorado WFR recert is on prevention and decision-making.

The WFR 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 WFR recertification course reinforces and tests these skills in an applicational context and a written exam.

This intensive 16-hour curriculum takes place over two days, and should not be confused with the full WFR course.

Following brief informational reviews, we reinforce with multiple indoor and outdoor mock scenarios and simulations. The course schedule is as follows: Saturday, October 24, 8am to 4:30pm, with CPR offered from 4:30pm to 6:30pm; Sunday, October 25, 8am to 3:30pm. 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 65 to 25 degrees in minutes, nighttime temps may be frigid, and snow is always possible in the colorado mountains. 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 if appropriate, 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 feedback and brief opportunities for questions. Final assessment of each student’s skills includes written and practical exams.

For more information, visit our Colorado WFR recert page.

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