Wilderness First Aid

Upcoming Courses


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.

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.

The First Aid programs taught by Arctic Response meet or exceed national, territorial and provincial standards and incorporate the most recent  2010 Heart and Stroke CPR Guidelines.  Additionally, Arctic Response sits on the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Technical Committee currently developing CSA standards for Workplace First Aid.

Training Streams

Arctic Response offers several training streams to best suit your needs:

    • Wilderness First Aid and CPR | 3 days
    • Integrated Intermediate and Wilderness First Aid and CPR | 4 days
    • Advanced Wilderness First Aid Bridge Course | 3 days
    • Advanced Wilderness First Aid and CPR | 5 days
    • Wilderness First Responder | 10 days
    • Wilderness First Responder Bridge Course | 5 days

Course Content

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

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