Educational / Functional Job Requirements for Wilderness Medical Students and Providers

Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. By definition, “wilderness” in wilderness emergency medicine is based on the concepts of:

  • Distance from traditional care and transport – usually one hour or more
  • Distance from traditional care and transport – usually one hour or more
  • Environmental concerns such as severe weather, altitude, heat, cold, and depth
  • Improvisation of equipment so as to minimize weight
  • Difficult or hazardous terrain
  • Pay a non-refundable non-transferable deposit
  • Pay your tuition in full prior to the start of the course

Students enrolled in this program must participate in all practical labs which include indoor and outdoor scenarios (day and night) and pass all practical and written exams in English to achieve certification.
All Students must be able to:

  • Negotiate ALL types of terrain, in ALL weather conditions carrying at least one quarter of their body weight for a distance of four miles in four hours.
  • Locate and communicate with the patient possibly not in the line of sight, i.e. in an enclosed space, down a cliff, in a ravine, etc.
  • Be able to convey patient information to other caregivers face-to-face, by radio, or via the phone.
  • Determine that the scene is safe from ice cracking, avalanche (snow and/or rock), trees cracking and falling, high (not visible) winds, approaching thunderstorms, animals, etc.
  • Control the incident scene.
  • Communicate from a distance in the event a student or rescuer becomes separated from the team.
  • Assess breathing, airway, and circulation.
  • Survive and perform patient care alone due to limited resources of people, equipment, and difficult access.

There are many situations that may preclude people from taking these programs and receiving certification as Wilderness First Responders or EMT’s. SOLO regrets that, unfortunately, not all circumstances can be adequately compensated for with regards to safety and training for certification. Therefore, we must (for the SAFETY of all concerned, students and future patients) request that you complete all required forms, assuring competence to participate in any of SOLO’s programs.