Wilderness First Responder Course

Utica, Oneida, NY


Course Description

The Wilderness First Responder course is essential if you work or recreate outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable. It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers. Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.

NASAR’s nationally recognized curriculum encompasses a wide range of topics including long-term patient care, wound management, selective spine immobilization, reducing dislocations, litter packaging, and epinephrine administration. Dynamic educators who have practiced medicine in both wilderness and urban environments will teach you skills and protocols to step forward in an emergency, and you will finish the intensive 80+ hour course with the tools and confidence to manage patients in the backcountry for multiple days.

Upon successful course completion you will earn the following certifications:
– Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT Upgrade
– BLS for Professional Rescuers (CPR)

The course will run on an extended schedule; over 2 semesters, September to April to provide flexibility to those attending school and/or working. This course will be a Hybrid Course offering options for attending.The Course will be every Tuesday night and will vary between being a Lecture night which will be 6pm-8:30pm and Lab nights which will be from 5pm-9pm. There will also be occasional All-Day Saturday Labs which will run approximately 10am-6:30pm.

There are 2 options for attending the Lecture night :

  • In-Person at the ThINCubator
  • Virtually from home/work

Lectures will be facilitated through Google Meet with an additional presentation program. Regardless of whether you are in-person or virtual, you will want to have a laptop and/or tablet to follow along in the lecture and discussion. There will be additional information in your course materials.
Lab Skills and testing will take place both inside and outside. You will want to bring outdoor clothing with you regardless. You will also want to bring your outdoor gear to use and practice with; additional information will be provided in your course materials
Sponsored by: NEEDS Associates

Wednesday Nights Lectures 6pm-8:30pm & Labs 5pm-9pm
Sept 14th – April 5th
Pay-in-Full and SAVE $50
NEEDS Associates
@ The ThINCubator
326 Broad Street, Utica, NY