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Wilderness First Responder

Why Wilderness First Responder?

If you know about Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, but travel or work in the outdoors, this is a must course. It’s wilderness medicine for people who want to be safe in places where “911” isn’t available.

The Curriculum

The team from SOLO offers an extensive curriculum, including CPR certification and covers topics ranging from patient assessment, splinting, wound care, cold and heat emergencies, burns, pharmacology, and care of the C-Spine to an introduction to neuro-exams in remote settings.

“I was able to see for the first time the importance of wilderness knowledge!”
— Ian Ater, Wilderness First Responder ’03

One of the hallmarks of this course is that all skills will be practiced in field exercises. This is a three-credit, upper level course (EXP 360) for those interested in course credit.

The Big Picture

As with all SOLO courses, the emphasis on this course is on the overlying topics: prevention of wilderness industries, learning skills for wilderness medicine, and practicing wilderness medicine skills and evacuations. The 8-day class includes lectures, skill stations, and a mock rescue “final.”


Successful completion of the written and practical final exams grants the internationally recognized certification of “Wilderness First Responder.”

Meeting Dates and Times

January 20–27, 2018

  • Time: 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $700 (non-credit); $757 (estimated cost with college credit).
  • Instructors: Staff of SOLO.

Register For Wilderness First Responder

  • If you are a SUNY Plattsburgh student, you can register for the course on Banner Web.
  • If you are not a student, you can register here.

Contact Information

We invite you to learn more about expeditionary studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Please feel free to contact the chair.

Jerry Isaak, Chair
Office: 102 Broad Street
Phone: (518) 564-5292
Email: [email protected]