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POSTPONED until Fall 2020 | Wilderness First Responder Course | Spring 2020 | Utica, NY

POSTPONED until Fall 2020 | Wilderness First Responder Course | Spring 2020 | Utica, NY


Learn the knowledge and skills to thoroughly evaluate and assess injuries and illness in less than ideal environments, formulate a stabilization and treatment plans to care for patients until they reach definitive medical care; by evacuation to or by arrival of a rescue team.

This is a Hybrid/Blended Certification Course that combines self-guided and classroom/lab time to complete 80+ hours of education into becoming a First Responder in the Wilderness, Remote Location, Third-World, or Disaster. 

This nationally recognized program trains participants to respond to emergencies in wilderness, remote, limited resource, or disaster settings. The 80+ hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include 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, Evacuation practices, and includes ASHI BLS for Professional Rescuers (CPR).

Designed for outdoor educators, adventure guides, Search and Rescue professionals, as well as others who are in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting, or individuals who want a higher level of emergency medical training due to extended back-country trips, expeditions, living arrangements, work environments or International travel (third-world countries and remote areas). This course is designed for not; only those that have next to no medical training, but also for those with varied levels of Medical Training such as; but not limited to, EMS Providers, Nurses and Doctors.

Typically taught over the course of 8 to 10 consecutive days; this course is taught over the course of 3 spaced out weekend sessions with class times generally being 9am-7pm with some variations. You will complete pre-course reading and study, as well ass reading and assignments between sessions. This format offers a comprehensive look at not only properly identifying and managing life-threatening injuries and illnesses that could appear in a wilderness setting (more than 60 minutes away from definitive care), but also incorporates a lot of hands-on skill practice, case studies, practical scenarios, evacuation planning and procedures, and other aspects of long term patient care involving wilderness context and situational awareness. 


May 16-17

June 6-7

June 27-28


NEEDS Associates Training Center
@ The ThINCubator
326 Broad St
Utica, NY 13501



Deposit will be required to reserve your seat in the course.

-The balance will be due 30 days prior to the first Classroom Session. You will receive an invoice by email

*non-refundable deposit – this course requires prior online self-study to be completed. Once you register and pay your deposit, you will receive access to the online platform and pre-class material. In order to help maintain and operate this platform, the deposit paid is a final transaction

Tuition Includes:
Text-book, Skills Packet and all print materials, Basic Supplies, Certification (wall and wallet), Patch and Rocker


Lodging is not included in the cost. We are in the process of finding lodging availability as discount rates, either through local hotel lodging, or space for tent camping.


Meals are not provided. Snacks and Beverages will be available such as Coffee, Water, granola bars and or pastries will be available during the class. There will be a “Lunch Hour” built into the schedule, and there is a small kitchen with a stove/oven and microwave for quick preparation for lunch. There will also be options to pool funds at the start of class to order in from a number of excellent local food venues.


Payment Type
Enter Students FULL Name

* Please ensure that you have indicated you will obtain your textbook on your own on your registration form.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

If you cancel or withdraw from the course:

  • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course starting date, we will retain a $45.00 *(plus cost of Textbook Delivery) administrative fee and refund your deposit/tuition.
  • Within 30 days of the course start date and prior to the start of the course, your tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable per the following: WFR, loss of course deposit.
  • Once the course has begun, the full tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

  • If Textbook & Pre-Course Materials have been Shipped to you, that will be subtracted to refund

Age Requirement

Minimum Age: 16

Students under 18 will have to provide Parental/Guardian Consent, and subject to Interview by NEEDS Associates Instructor(s) prior to course to verify adequate maturity and accountability to attend the program

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking & Weapons Policy

There will be no Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking or Weapons allowed during the Course, in the classroom or in outdoor lab.

Any student found to be possessing or consuming alcohol or illicit drugs during the program, they will be dismissed from the program forfeiting the tuition of the Course.

Due to the recently raised smoking age in NY, it will be asked that all students in the program to refrain from smoking or utilizing any tobacco products during the program and on program premise.

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