Why be a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)?
WFR certification is the most recognized level of training for wilderness protocol. This course is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. This adds to your resume when applying for various career opportunities. This course will teach you how to save lives and reduce further injury in emergency situations when medical assistance is not readily available.
The first full WFR training dates are December 27 - 31, 2016 from 8am - 6pm. We offer a second full WFR training on January 2 - 6, 2017 from 8am - 6pm. The WFR recertification training dates are December 17 - 19, 2016 from 8am - 6pm.
The UAB Campus Recreation Center will be the location of the WFR training courses. Address is 1501 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35205.
What is the difference in a Full WFR and a WFR Recertification?
Only someone who has completed a full Wilderness First Responder course approved by WMA is eligible to take the Recertification course. Please see http://www.wildmed.com/ for details on what qualifies as an approved course.
What is the cost?
The cost for the Full WFR is $570, with an optional $50 for lodging (see info below). The course cost increases if a deposit is not made before November 4th. The cost for the WFR Recertification is $380, with an optional $50 for lodging (see info below). The course cost increases if a deposit is not made before November 4th.
Pre-register online with Wilderness Medical Associates or call our office to register (205)996-4913. There is a $250 deposit due in order to complete your registration and ensure you a spot. This can be paid by check, credit card, or cash. You can mail a check to the address above, we can take a card over the phone, or you can stop by with cash, check, or card. Please complete your registration early as space is limited (we sold out last year).
What is included in the price?
Course cost includes books, tuition and fees.
Will there be lodging?
Lodging is available in local hotels or you can "Camp in the Rec" in the UAB Campus Recreation Center.
What is the "Camping in the Rec"?
"Camping in the Rec" is a low cost option that includes: common floor space in a fitness studio, locker room showers, and access to a refrigerator and microwave. It is also a great way to develop a study group and interact with other students in the course. It costs an additional $50 for camping in the Rec for all classes.
What is the nearest airport?
The Birmingham International Airport (BHM). There will be up to two scheduled airport pick-ups upon request, as well as one grocery run.
Is it necessary to be on time and attend all classes?
It is very important that you be on time and that you attend every class. There is a large quantity of information included in the course in a short time; every minute of class is important to your success in class.
Can I commute to the training course? Can I work while attending the course?
Long commuting and working during the course is highly discouraged. There will be homework and study requirements and you will need plenty of time to meet those requirements. It is recommended that you stay on or near campus to focus on the course. You should avoid any other activities planned during the course that will take up your time.
Where can I park?
Weekdays: free and metered parking is available 2-4 blocks south and 2-4 blocks east of the building. There is typically plenty of free parking on the street on 11th Ave S or 12th Ave S between 16th and 18th St. S. You will have to walk a few blocks, but it's free! Saturday and Sunday: ALL lots marked with a '15' are free. Parking should be much easier on the weekends. Public pay parking is also available on the lowest level of the 9th Ave parking deck (on 16th street) adjacent to the Rec Center. It is $6.50 max for all day parking.
What do I bring?
It is recommended that you plan to brown bag lunch during the course so that lunch breaks may be shorter (especially the first 3 days). If you are "Camping in the Rec", bring a sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. There will be access to a refrigerator and microwave. During the simulations, fake blood that can stain clothing will be used and rescuers are often kneeling on grass. Please dress appropriately. Also, please bring a set of clothing that can be cut during simulation if the need arises.
Where can I find driving directions?
UAB Campus Recreation Center, 1501 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35205