Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
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We strongly encourages individuals who intend on leading groups into the backcountry to complete a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. Wilderness First Responder certification is considered the industry standard for outdoor leaders who venture into the backcountry with groups. A WFR is an intensive, hands-on first aid trainingexperience (80+ hours) that teaches participants the skills necessary to:

  • Assess and treat injuries and handle medical emergencies in situations where medical services and facilities are hours or days away.
  • Provide long-term or extended patient care.
  • Make effective decisions concerning transporting a patient from a backcountry setting.
Upon successfully completing a WFR course (including written and practical examinations), participants receive Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications. The certification is active for two years, after which a WFR re-certification course is necessary to maintain certification as a Wilderness First Responder. The most active local provider is WMI of NOLS.wmi of nols logo

Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS

The Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of NOLS partners with the City of Eugene River House Outdoor Program to offer several WFR courses throughout the year. Contact WMI of NOLS to learn more about their courses, including schedules and costs. WMI of NOLS also offers WFR Recertification courses.

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