Wilderness First Responder

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is a two-week wilderness medicine training course and certification, the industry standard for backcountry trip leaders and guides, and a prudent certification for missionaries and avid adventurers. All outdoor trips at Wyoming Catholic College are required ot have several WFR-certified individuals on them, and the school offers a yearly training course before the beginning of the fall semester, usually taken by sophomores. Certification lasts three years and refresher courses for recertification are also offered. WCC uses the teaching and methods of the SOLO program, which initially developed WFR as an industry-standard program back in the 1980s. It aims to teach instructed how to perform patient assessment, initial treatment, and medium term care for injuries and illnesses likely to be encountered in a backcountry or outdoor adventure settting.

Approximately a third of the WCC student body are trained WFRs, with the remainder of the students having the lower but similar Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification.