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Wilderness First Responder Training

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2014 Training Schedule

Wilderness First Responder Certification - March 8-16, 2014

Wilderness First Responder Open Recertification - March 17-19, 2014

Instructors for Courses

Gavin Dawson Bio              Robin Nesbeda Bio 

Wilderness First Responder Certification Course (Enrollment Full)

Course Dates: Saturday, March 8 - Sunday, March 16, 2014

Fee: Early Registration by January 24, 2014 - $650.00

After January 24, 2014 - $700.00

(A $300.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration with remaining balance due upon arrival.  Fee includes all course materials, lodging at Horn Field Campus and kitchen use.)

Course Description: Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is a nationally recognized program that prepares participants to handle emergencies in remote settings. The 72 hour curriculum meets all the new DOT National Standards for First Responder with additional protocols for extended care situations. Curriculum topics include but are not limited to: wilderness protocols for delayed/prolonged transport, trauma management, patient assessment, wilderness rescue, and backcountry medicine. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision making, not on memorization of lists.

Certifications: Upon successful completion of practical and written exams you will receive WMA's Wilderness First Responder and Anaphylaxis Workshop certifications, valid for three years, plus American Heart Association CPR certification.



Wilderness First Responder Open Recertification Course

Course Dates: Monday, March 17 - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fee: Early Registration by February 7, 2014 - $300.00

After February 7, 2014 - $350.00

(A $200.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration with remaining balance due upon arrival.  Fee includes all course materials, lodging at Horn Field Campus and kitchen use.)

Course Description: The Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification is a 16 hour course which reviews the curriculum of the WFR. You will be recertified for three years upon course completion.

Course Prerequisite: You must have current WFR and CPR certification from WMA to enroll in this course. You will also be required to complete a study packet that the WMA national office will send directly to you. Bring this packet to the re-certification class.


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General Information for both courses

Travel: Horn Field Campus is located one mile south of Macomb, Illinois. Driving directions and map will be sent with the registration confirmation packet. Air travel can be arranged through the Quad Cities International Airport, Moline, Illinois (MLI), Peoria International Airport, Peoria, IL (PIA) or through major airports located in Chicago, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri. Macomb is also served daily by two Amtrak trains, originating in Chicago.

Macomb Travel Center - 309.833.5531

Amtrak - 1-800-USA-RAIL

S&G Taxi - 309.318.9815

Class Format & Setting: Courses meet at the HFC Lodge and begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Expect to spend mornings in the classroom, afternoons in rescue simulations, and evenings studying and working on assignments. You are required to attend all scheduled classes. The required text will be sent to you by HFC before you arrive for the course.

Meals & Lodging: Dormitory-style housing is available for no additional charge, along with a small kitchen and refrigeration for cooking on your own. Macomb has several grocery stores along with an modest assortment of restaurants.

Course Registration & Cancellation Policies: The course fee covers textbooks, instructor fees, on-site housing, equipment, and all exam fees. A deposit is required to reserve your place in the course. This deposit is non-refundable should you withdraw from the course. The remaining amount is due upon arrival. A full refund will be given if we are forced to cancel the course for any reason.

Required Equipment: Large day-pack, water bottle, rain gear, comfortable and warm clothing, a watch with a second hand, bedding and toiletries, and a set of old clothes that can be damaged during simulations.

For Further Information: Contact HFC by email or call 309.833.5798.

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For more information on any workshop contact HFC by email or call 309.298.2026.