Wilderness First Responder – Hybrid
Durango, CO • May 10, 2021
Full Dates: May 10, 2021 – May 14, 2021
Duration: 5 days
This is the Part 2 of a two part course. Before registering for this course, students must complete Part 1 of WMTC’s WFR curriculum. Click here to access information about WMTC’s hybrid course model and how to begin working on the WFR curriculum.
Due to COVID-19, many precautions will be employed to reduce risk of transmitting the disease during this course. Please reference WMTC’s COVID guidelines found here.
Please reach out to Southwest Rescue to learn more about this course.
Like WMTC’s standard 9-day Wilderness First Responder (WFR), the hybrid WFR course has been designed specifically to meet the needs of outdoor professionals, those who embark on multi-day personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a WFR is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full WFR every six years.
The course includes WMTC Adult and Child CPR/AED certification.
WMTC’s hybrid WFR course is divided into two distinct parts. One must complete the Part 1 Independent Study portion before attending the Part 2 Practical Session with Southwest Rescue, and both must be completed within a year to receive certification. Part 1 of the WMTC’s hybrid WFR will require an estimated 40+ hours of independent studying and testing, and registration is completely facilitated through WMTC. Click here to enroll in WMTC’s Hybrid WFR Part 1. If you are wondering if a hybrid course is for you, check out this WMTC blog post. Also, check out WMTC’s hybrid Wilderness First Responder website to see if this course is for you before registering.
Southwest Rescue sponsors and teaches Part 2 of WMTC’s hybrid WFR. Part 2 of WMTC’s hybrid WFR is 5-days long, and requires that Part 1 is completed. Registration with Southwest Rescue for WMTC’s hybrid WFR is only for Part 2.
Location and Logistics
Fort Lewis College, Pine Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301
Pine hall is located on the North side of the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, Colorado. Parking is available on Skyhawk Avenue or in the parking lot across the street.
NOTE: A parking pass is required if parking in any on-campus parking lot. Parking passes may be acquired at one of two kiosks located on the both access roads to the Fort Lewis College campus
If the building is locked, please wait until 15 minutes before the course begins or contact your instructor.
Aaron Ball is Southwest Rescue’s owner and lead instructor. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years as a guide, instructor, trainer, and supervisor. Aaron is a Rescue 3 International instructor trainer, a Wilderness Medicine Training Center senior instructor, and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education professional and recreational avalanche instructor, course leader, and instructor trainer. Additionally, Aaron is a faculty member in Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education Department and a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides.
Aaron sits on several committees and boards including the Open Sky Wilderness’s risk management committee and the board of directors for the Friends of the San Juans. He has given numerous talks at national and regional conferences including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) annual conference, and Association for Experiential Education (AEE) regional conferences. Aaron has a Master’s Degree in adventure education with a specific emphasis on risk management.