Wilderness Remote First Aid/CPR/AED

What is it?

Most of us know what Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) involves. And we see Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s), hanging on the walls of most buildings. These two above certifications are required for Wilderness Remote First Aid (WRFA) and are taught congruently with the WRFA courses at the Council. But what is WRFA?

Wilderness Remote First Aid (WRFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. Participants will learn how to assess, treat, and (when possible) contain emergencies within the scope of their training. Youth, over 14 years of age, and adult Scout leaders who participate will receive, upon completion of the program, a two year American Red Cross Certification for both Adult/Child CPR/AED and Wilderness Remote First Aid.

Why is this important?

This course goes far beyond what you may know as “first aid.” While it contains substantial medical information and teaches skills required for medical emergencies in the wild, the deeper purpose is to train participants to manage acute situations. The bottom line is this: Better decision-making at the incident scene miles from base facilities can save valuable time and human resources. It can save lives, too. 

Who is it for?

-All adult Scout Leaders who will be taking their youth into the backcountry where emergency medical services are greater than one hour away.

-All Venturing age youth working on their Ranger Award. This course also fulfills first aid requirements for the Discovery Award

-Any person 14 years of age and older seeking greater knowledge in first aid training.

Course modules

  • Patient assessment
  • Chest injuries
  • Shock
  • Cardiac emergencies
  • Head (brain) and spinal injuries
  • Bone and joint injuries
  • Wounds and wound infection
  • Abdominal problems
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat problems
  • Lightning
  • Altitude illnesses
  • Submersion incidents
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Wilderness first-aid kits
  • Scenarios

When is it taught?

Wilderness Remote First Aid Training is offered by the Council’s Venturing Department throughout the year. The course is taught in the Council’s auditorium. Register today to receive this advanced training.

  • January WFA Training - January 30 to January 31

  • February WFA Training - February 27 to February 28

  • March WFA Training - March 27 to March 28

  • April WFA Training - April 17 to April 18

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  • May WFA Training - May 22 to May 23

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