Wilderness First Aid Training

Course Description

Wilderness First Aid is essential training for those who work, travel, or play in remote areas more than one hour from advanced medical care. Training prepares candidates to deal with the types and degrees of trauma they will realistically encounter while on the land. Candidates are required to think through challenges and apply problem-solving skills rather than simply following prescribed to-do lists.

Training Outline

Wilderness First Aid training is appropriate for people who work, live or recreate in areas more than one hour from Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  Wilderness First Aid trains the candidate with a better understanding of the patients critical systems of the body: skeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, endocrine and muscular.  As well, the rescuer must learn to factor and deal with delayed rescue, environmental conditions, limited resources, and multiple casualties.  This training is appropriate for people driving between remote communities as it is for people working on the land.

Arctic Response Wilderness First Aid programs are developed in conjunction with rescue and medical experts from across Canada.  Medical approval of this program is provided by Dr. K. DAVIS, Head of ER for Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario and the textbook used is approved by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  This program builds upon the best practices of a variety of program providers as well as rescue procedures from the Canadian Armed Forces.


The main teaching points of this program includes:

    • Fundamentals of rescue and scene safety
    • Triage
    • Victim survivability and dealing with death
    • Environmental injuries
    • Head and spinal injuries
    • Wound cleaning and treatments
    • Sustaining care
    • Medical conditions
    • Animal maulings
    • Aircraft crash trauma

Prerequisite:  Due to the intensive nature of this course, candidates are strongly recommended to take a 2-day Intermediate First Aid course immediately before Wilderness First Aid training.

Duration: Our Wilderness First Aid program may be extended at the client’s request, but at a minimum consists of 3 days of combined theory and scenario based outdoor training.

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