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The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder course equips rescuers with essential skills and strategies for decision-making, evacuation, and extended care in remote or wilderness settings, preparing them to provide effective care and leadership in challenging outdoor environments.

Wilderness First Responder

Wilderness First Responder

The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder course equips rescuers with essential skills and strategies for decision-making, evacuation, and extended care in remote or wilderness settings, preparing them to provide effective care and leadership in challenging outdoor environments.

Are you ready to enhance your skills and become a proficient rescuer in remote or wilderness settings? Look no further! Our comprehensive course is specifically designed for individuals who specialize in decision-making, evacuation, and transport in challenging outdoor environments.

Whether you are part of a remote emergency services team, work in remote worksites, ski patrol, or search and rescue, this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and strategies to handle emergencies effectively. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the intricacies of wilderness first response, ensuring that you gain the essential skills and confidence to provide care in remote areas.

Course Highlights:

  • Leadership Skills: Develop the leadership qualities required to make critical decisions and effectively coordinate rescue operations in remote environments.
  • Expectation to Provide Care: Understand the responsibilities and expectations placed on a wilderness first responder, ensuring that you are prepared to deliver timely and effective care in challenging situations.
  • Professional Tool Kit and Resources: Learn to utilize a range of specialized tools and resources that are essential for wilderness first response, ensuring that you are equipped to handle various emergencies.
  • Extrication and Rescue Decision-Making: Acquire the skills and knowledge to assess and make informed decisions regarding extrication and rescue operations in remote or wilderness settings.
  • Urgent Evacuation and Extended Care: Master the techniques and strategies for urgent evacuation, as well as providing extended care when required for prolonged periods (5+ days).

Our course combines theoretical knowledge with practical exercises, simulations, and real-life scenarios to provide a comprehensive learning experience. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills in simulated wilderness environments, allowing you to practice and refine your techniques under the guidance of our expert instructors.

Upon successful completion of the Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder Course, you will receive a certification that is widely recognized and respected in the field of wilderness first response. This certification will enhance your professional profile and open doors to various career opportunities within emergency services, ski patrol, search and rescue teams, and more.

Invest in your future as a wilderness first responder and join us for an immersive and empowering training experience. Enroll today and gain the skills and confidence to save lives in remote and challenging environments.

Full Course Length 80 hours
Recertification 40 hours

FAQs

How much does a Wilderness First Responder make?

This is a tough question to answer. Wilderness First Responders work in a wide variety of contexts and often perform other professional duties as well as being a responder. As such, pay can range from unpaid volunteer work to jobs that pay $38,000 to $120,000 per year.

How do you become a wilderness first responder?

There are no course prerequisites for our Wilderness First Responder courses. All you need to do to become certified is enroll in and successfully pass one of our courses, including written and practical exams.

Is wilderness first responder worth it?

Wilderness First responder will teach you an advanced set of skilled targeted at those who will be responding to emergencies in remote areas in a professional capacity. If this is you, or if you WANT this to be you, then yes it is definitely worth it. If you are a person who loves the outdoors and just want to be ready with a great set of first aid skills in case of an emergency, our Wilderness First Aid course is probably a better fit. In the Wilderness First Responder program you'll be spending a lot of time learning to use advanced equipment that you won't typically have with you unless you are responding in a professional capacity.

How long is wilderness first responder certification good for?

Wilderness First Responder certification is valid for 3 years and can be renewed by signing up for a 40 hour recertification course at any time while it is still valid.

Certification

Canadian Red Cross certificates are now virtual! Your permanent virtual certificate will be emailed to you after you've successfully completed the entire course. You will also be able to view your manual and certification online at any time through your MyRedCross account. 

Canadian Red Cross Wilderness First Responder certification is valid 3 years and Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support certification is valid 1 year.

Training Schedules & Locations
There are no certification classes at this time. Please check back.

Recertification

Training Schedules & Locations
There are no recertification classes at this time. Please check back.

Materials

Emergency First Aid & CPR Manual

Canadian Red Cross Emergency Care for Professional Responders reference text (digital version), Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Field Guide (print version), Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide (digital version)

The Alert Advantage

Free Manual + App

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3-Year Guarantee

Replacement certs

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Looking for a group class?

If you have a group of people and would like us to come to you to teach a
Wilderness First Responder course, we offer this course in the following locations:

Victoria | Langford | Esquimalt | Sooke | Cobble Hill | Mill Bay | Duncan | Lake Cowichan | Cedar | Ladysmith | Nanaimo | Parksville | Qualicum Beach | Port Alberni | Coombs | Parksville | Campbell River | Saltspring Island | Pender Island | Powell River | Gabriola Isand | Burnaby | Coquitlam | Delta | Langley | Maple Ridge | New Westminster | North Vancouver | Pitt Meadows | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver | West Vancouver | White Rock | Langley |

Give us a call at 1.866.282.5378, or send us an email at to arrange a group course.

I learned a lot! The instructor was very engaging, and the hands on scenarios and feedback were awesome.

Tessa Tancock Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Good refresher course - learned more than at St. John Ambulance!

Paul Callow CPR C, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Jordan was a great instructor! The 8 hours went by quickly & I got lots out of it!

Molly Emergency Childcare First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Instructions & feedback were clear w/ interesting tidbits to enhance understanding.

Katherine Krause CPR, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Awesome instructor - super enthusiastic and funny! I definitely recommend the course.

Mark Vaughan Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

I thought this was the most informative first-aid/CPR course I have ever taken. The instructor made it so realistic, I feel that I could leave & confidently save someone

Nancy Parkinson Emergency First-Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

The instructor was great, fair, never did I feel any pressure! Big Thumbs Up.

J. Hurford Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

This was the most enjoyable first aid class I have taken. Very “hands on” and much more informative than just reading a book. 

Paul Foley Standard First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials

Mike did an awesome job at creating scenarios to learn & apply skills in the field. Great clear and concise instruction.

Roy Scully Wilderness & Remote First Aid, Courtenay, BC More Testimonials

Kendall is great, enthusiastic and fun with this course. Great hands on tasks were given.

Kayla Yaghi Emergency First Aid, Victoria, BC More Testimonials
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