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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is a required medical training certification for most wilderness guides and outfitters. This WFR course, hosted by BOSS in Boulder, Utah, is taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS and covers all aspects of WMI's 80-hour certification course. Held in even years (2014, 2016, 2018, etc).

About the Course

Emphasis on this course is placed on the development of good decision making skills and the prevention of emergencies. This course will be held in Boulder, Utah and the surrounding canyons, desert and mountains for necessary field trips / practicals. The course is open to anyone interested in learning wilderness medical techniques.

About BOSS

Since 1968, BOSS Courses have set the standard for low-technology camping and desert hiking techniques, where instruction is conducted with minimal intrusion of modern technology in environments that allow course content to be experienced first-hand. Our commitment to quality and to our core philosophies has earned BOSS its reputation as the survival school to go to when you want to learn from the best in the industry.

The Course Location

The BOSS WFR course will be taught in the town hall of Boulder, Utah, with day trips as needed into the surrounding natural areas. For this reason, students should plan on bringing hiking boots suitable for day trips that may take us in water and over rocks.

Course Content

The following is a sample agenda based on past WFR courses (Subject to change)

 

DAY 0  
Before 1pm
2pm
7pm
7:30pm
Students arrive in Salt Lake / Provo
Shuttle leaves from Days Inn in Provo
Shuttle arrives in Boulder, Utah
BOSS Orientation for WFR course
DAY 1 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

Breakfast
Introduction: Wilderness vs. Urban care
Patient Assessment System
Lunch
Patient Assessment System
Documentation
Dinner
DAY 2 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

Breakfast
Spinal Cord Injury
Lifting and Moving
Spinal Immobilization & Litter Packaging
Lunch
Chest Injuries
Shock
Dinner
DAY 3 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

Evening

Breakfast
Focused Spinal Assessment
Head Injuries
Lunch
Athletic Injury
Fracture Management
Dinner

Traction Splinting
Dislocations

DAY 4 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

Breakfast
Wilderness Wound Management
Lunch
Hypothermia, Frostbite and Non-Freezing Cold Injury
Heat and Hydration
Dinner
DAY 5 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

Breakfast
Altitude Illness
Bites and Stings
Lunch
Lightning
Submersion
Leadership, Teamwork, Communication
Dinner
DAY 6 DAY OFF
All day Day off to explore the parks and wilderness areas of Southern Utah.
DAY 7 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

Breakfast
Cardiac
CPR
Lunch
CPR
Respiratory
Altered Mental Status
Dinner
DAY 8 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

Evening

Breakfast
Acute Abdomen
Alergies and Anaphylaxis
Lunch
Diabetes
SAR, Evac and Emergency Plans
Dinner

Mock Rescue

DAY 9 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

Breakfast
Decision-making
Mental Health
Urinary and Reproductive
Lunch
Poisoning
Communicable Disease
Medical Legal
Dinner
DAY 10 TOPICS COVERED

Morning

 

Afternoon

 

 

Breakfast
Common Problems wrap-up
Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits
Written and Practical Exams
Lunch
Written and Practical Exams

Closing Ceremony

Dinner

Shuttle departs for Days Inn in Provo

 

Food and Lodging

All students are invited to eat meals prepared by BOSS. Meals are served family-style (buffet) by our staff and are prepared using the freshest possible ingredients, typically consisting of organic ingredients. 

This can include:

  • Breakfasts - Organic eggs, whole grain pancakes, organic yoghurt, fresh fruit for breakfasts (as well as a variety of teas and coffee).
  • Lunch - Whole-grain sandwiches, salads, fruit, and other simple but nutritious options
  • Dinner - Pastas, soups, stews, enchiladas, grilled chicken... basically, something hot and filling, also made from whole-grains, organic vegetables (as much as possible) and whatever seasonal dishes our cooks prepare.

Based on the feedback of past students, we can say that while the food is not the focus of the course, it will certainly be appreciated, as our staff work very hard to prepare your meals so you can focus your energy on the WFR curriculum. Please call our office if you have specific questions regarding diet or food requests.

If you wish to supplement your diet with snacks or meals, you can visit some of the local stores and restaurants (cost not included in the tuition.)

Local restaurants within walking distance and include:

Lodging is up to each student. You can choose to sleep outside on the school's 41-acre property (no charge) or in one of the local motels (reservations may be required.)

Dates and Prices

Course dates, prices, and availability are listed to the right, at the top of the page.  You can also download our complete course calendar in Adobe Acrobat PDF by clicking here. If you have any questions, please submit them via the Contact BOSS page or call us at 800.335.7404 or 435.335.7404.