The Canadian Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid Program (WRFA) offers specialty first aid courses for those who live, work, and/or play in non-urban, remote, and wilderness settings. Course focuses on real-life learning activities and scenarios specifically designed for wilderness and remote environments so participants get the most effective learning experience possible.
The 20-hour Remote First Aid course aligns with CSA Guidelines for Standard (Intermediate) First Aid and meets and exceeds Alberta OHS requirements for a Standard First Aid certificate. This means that you do not have to take a standard first aid course for work - you can spend time training outdoors instead!
Course length - 20 hours
Audience - individuals that live, work, or recreate in a remote or non-urban environment and are typically responsible for only themselves
Topics - trip planning, emergency prevention and situational awareness; assessment; recognition and care of airway, breathing and circulation emergencies; wound care; bone, muscle and joint injuries; head and spine injuries; sudden medical emergencies; poisons; wildlife; evacuation and transport; lifts and carries; advanced care for environmental emergencies and hypothermia; introduction to extended care concepts
Format - minimum 50% of the course is taught in an outdoor or non-urban location
Considerations - participants must be in good health and physical condition as the outdoor course requires more physical activity than a traditional indoor first aid course. Dress appropriately for being outdoors in the weather (including being on the ground). You will be responsible for your own transportation. COVID-19 protocols will be in place and masks will be mandatory anytime distancing cannot be maintained. We encourage you to take the course with someone from your cohort to practice skills together.