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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

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Wilderness First Responder student puts a splint on a leg during the 2015 WFR night rescue simulation.

•  Our next WFA course will take place January 14-15, 2017 on the MU campus in Columbia, Missouri. 

•  Cost: $150/person ($95 non-refundable deposit required)

•  Registration is now open: click here to registerThe deadline to enroll is November 25, 2016. You will not be contacted about the course until after registration closes in November 2016.

•  This WFA course is also the WFR Recert program. Cost is $170/person for the WFR Recert.

•  An additional CPR certification can be added for $35.

•  ORG Funding is available for recognized MU student groups.

•  Venture Out does not provide lodging or transportation for these courses. Comfort Suites offers a discounted rate of $67 per night. Call them at 573-443-0055 and say you’re coming for the Venture Out WFR or WFA course.


About WFA: WFA is designed specifically for groups and their leaders. This 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment. The WFA can also be taken to re-certify those currently holding a WFR certification. Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important part of this training.


Outline of what WFA covers:

      I. Response and Assessment

    • The Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
    • Universal Precautions
    • Patient Assessment System
    • Rescue Plan
    • Patient Lifting & Moving Techniques

II. Orthopedics: Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries

    • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
    • Sprains and Strains
    • Principles of Fracture Care
    • Spinal Cord Injury Management

III. Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills

    • The Human Animal
    • Cold Related Injuries
    • Heat Related Injuries
    • Backcountry Essentials

IV. Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies

  • Trauma – Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Wound Management
  • Bandaging Skills
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Shock
  • Change in Level of Consciousness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chest Pain