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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

Date: 7:45am - 5:17pm PST January 9, 2021 Location: Templeton Campus Center

Templeton Campus Center

This training is TENTATIVELY scheduled:
We expect to know by late November, 2020, if we are able to offer this course in January 2021. Obviously, it will depend on the COVID-19 situation.

If the course is approved, it may still be cancelled if the COVID-19 situation changes. If you are making travel arrangements, please plan a flexible itinerary. 

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training is the hands-on medical course that is the industry standard for backcountry rangers, river guides, outdoor guides, as well as NOLS and Outward Bound instructors. The course includes engaging classroom sessions and outdoor scenarios taught by medical professionals from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

All College Outdoors Trip Leaders and Assistant Leaders are required to be WFR certified in order to lead off-campus trips.

Housing & Meals:
In past years students with a Spring Term housing contract have been allowed to stay move into the residence halls early, for an additional housing fee. We’ll know if this will be permissible in January, 2021 by the time registration opens in late November, 2020. Housing and housing fees are managed through Campus Living.

Meal plans are not active before the beginning of Spring Term, so students are responsible for purchasing their own meals during the course.

This 80-hour course will meet 8 to 12 hours per day over the 9 scheduled days, starting at 7:45am the first day and at 8:00am on all other days. Class length may vary, due to outdoor scenarios and rescue training being taught. Days 3 and 7 of the course are when the evening sessions are scheduled to occur.
We recommend you don’t have any other commitments while taking this course, as you will be busy!

Course Location:
This course is held at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Material is taught indoors with frequent scenarios performed in the natural outdoor settings around campus and in the nearby forests.

Weather is usually very wet, and sometimes snowy or icy in Portland in January. Plan to dress in warm, waterproof layers that yo don’t mind getting dirty.

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