We are Wilderness First Responders

From March 1 to 10, 2011, we went to India to do a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course organised by NOLS India. WFR is a course run by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). Our instructors came from the US and Australia.

The Wilderness First Responder Course, we attended, was an 80-hour curriculum that included standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics included but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis was placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists.

This course specifically provided us with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of our time was spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge our decision-making abilities. The WMI Adult & Child CPR was included in this course. Graduates are also known as "WooFeRs". Read more...


What does it mean for you?

As we desire to raise standards in the outdoor adventure industry in Malaysia, this Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification will keep us on our toes and ready with foresight and equipped for safety and risk management. It's part of making OpenSkyUnlimited a professional outfit that our clients can trust and have the assurance that they are in safe, competent and professional hands.


What is a Wilderness First Responder?

A wilderness first responder is trained to deal with many situations that may be encountered in the wilderness. While a standard Department of Transportation in the US defined First Responder course as taught by an organization such as the American Red Cross may require 40 hours of training, the typical Wilderness First Responder Course involves 80 hours of training. Wilderness first responder training courses focus on teaching the students to assess a situation, improvise solutions using available resources to stabilize the patient and identify the best way to get the patient to definitive medical treatment. In many courses, students are encouraged to develop the habit of systematically thinking through and documenting their assessment decisions/plans using a SOAP note.

The purpose of creating the course was to provide Rangers, outdoor leaders, and guides the necessary knowledge to provide care in crisis situations in the wilderness. Today WFR certification is frequently a pre-requisite for professional positions that involve work in the outdoors. More about WFR...