WFR and WEMT Recertification – Standard
Rotary Park in Durango, CO • April 30, 2021
Full Dates: April 30, 2021 – May 2, 2021
Duration: 3 days
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.
This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. The WMTC Review & Recertification course is over 75% hands-on skill review, role plays, and simulations. All recertifying students need to complete a pre-course practice exam prior to arriving at the course. WMTC certifications remain valid for a maximum of three years with no grace period, although WFR and WEMT graduates are encouraged to attend on a yearly basis to maintain and polish their skills. Since there is not enough time to cover all the material presented in your original course, participants should thoroughly review their original course materials since they are responsible for knowing it.
Graduates who are currently certified (or within their grace period) by WMTC approved wilderness medicine school may recertify with this course. Click here for a list of currently approved providers. Please contact Southwest Rescue with any questions. If your certification is through a wilderness medicine school NOT on the list of approved providers, you may be able to appeal to WMTC directly.
WMTC Adult & Child Wilderness CPR/AED certification is included with this course.
Individuals may also recertify their WFR or WEMT by taking our Wilderness First Aid course and passing an online recertification exam.
Location and Logistics
1555 E 2nd Ave
Durango, CO 81301
This park has lots of open space and quick access to the Animas River. An open walled gazebo provides shelter from rain and snow, but people should be prepared for all weather conditions.
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.