Wilderness First Responder course (WFR)

January 7-15, 2017 

Presented by the Wilderness Medicine Training Center
Sponsored by Puget Sound Outdoors, University of Puget Sound

About the WFR Course

Course Dates & Times

  • Arrive on Friday January 6 unless you live close by.  A reminder that travel and road conditions in January can be icy, snowy and Hwy 2 and Interstate 90 close frequently for avalanche work.  Plan accordingly.
  • Course starts at 8:00 a.m. on January 9, 2016
  • Location - University of Puget Sound campus, Thompson Hall room 193 see below for driving information
  • Daily times – the course schedule will vary throughout the course. Generally there will be morning class time starting promptly at 8:00 am and going to lunch. Then in the afternoon there will be a combination of interactive  scenarios, class and skills sessions. See projected syllabus below.  Class will run from 8:00am to 6:00pm daily with 45 minutes to an hour for lunch.

Registration, Syllabus & Cost

Syllabus and Registration form HERE - this will be updated by September 15, 2016

General Public:

    • Early registration prices and dates $600 by November 15, 2016 and $650 after
    • Upgrade WFR to WEMT early registration discount - contact us for more information

University of Puget Sound Student Community - students, faculty, staff, and dependents

    • Early registration discount $500 by November 15, 2016 and $550 after
    • Upgrade WFR to WEMT early registration discount - contact us for more information


  • Payment in full is required to reserve your spot in the course - registration has FILLED UP near the early registration date for many years.
  • In person payment - cash, check or credit card (payable to University of Puget Sound), or cash.  Come by the Expeditionary at 1506 N. Alder Street from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday to pay by credit card.  253-879-3403.
  • Outside of Tacoma - mail registration form and a check or money order to:

Cyndy Gulyas
1500 N. Warner Street, #1003
Tacoma, WA 98416
w: 253-879-3317

Course Locations

The course takes place on the Puget Sound campus with scenarios on campus, in local parks and at Point Defiance Park.

The indoor portion of class will be in Thompson Hall room 193.  This is building #43 on the campus map.  You can park in lot G for free.  Here is the campus map and follow driving directions to the WEST side of campus.  The parking lot is at North 14th and Union Street.

Course Materials

WMTC researches, writes, edits and publishes their own books and teaching materials. As such, Wilderness Medicine Training Center students receive the tools they need to develop judgment and critical thinking in challenging field situations.

  • Full color text books. Our 267 page medical text has over 850 photos, graphics, & diagnostic tables. Our 65 page risk management text has over 50 graphics, a note sidebar, and was designed specifically for our risk management workshops.
  • Full color water-proof field handbooks; for everything you can't remember....
  • Full color case study workbook.
  • Weatherproof patient SOAP notes.

Necessary Personal Equipment

  • Clothing for scenarios which can be cut to access wounds or cut off of you for scenarios:
    • 2 - t-shirts
    • 2 - long sleeved shirts
    • 2 -  pair of long pants
    • One pair of heavy socks
    • Students must wear underwear or swimsuit and jog bras for women.
    • DO NOT short this list! ALL the listed clothing IS REQUIRED for effective practice during simulations and labs. Clothing can usually be purchased cheaply through Goodwill, Salvation Army, local thrift store, church, yard sale or secondhand stores. Ask clerk for rejects and throw-away clothing).
  • Warm clothing for daily outside simulations: Waterproof- top & bottoms, fleece jackets, long underwear - top and bottoms, watch (not your cell phone), waterproof hiking boots, warm hat, gloves, water bottle, headlamp, large daypack. If you have older outdoor equipment and clothes bring them - or stop by Goodwill. You may have fake blood, mud, dirt, sand ground into any of the clothes you wear.
  • Please bring a water bottle and hot drink mug to be sustainable and stay healthy.
  • Extra pair of shoes for indoors or slipper to keep the mud out of the building and dry feet are happy feet
  • Writing utensils and notebook


  • Colored pencils or markers can be helpful for taking notes during anatomy lessons
  • Thermos

Food and Meals

  • A microwave, hotpot, coffee maker, tea and coffee will be provided for the course.  A refrigerator is not available.
  • Meals are not included in the course fee.
  • Lunch will generally be 45 minutes to an hour long each day.  You will have time to eat on campus or bring your own lunch.  There is generally not enough time to go off campus for lunch.
  • Dinner - class will be done by 6:00 p.m. daily except for one night when we may come back for an evening CPR class.
  • Students - Do not expect to use points until January 13 and until you have validated for the spring semester.

Meals on campus and cafe hours:

  • Meals are available on campus during the course and can be paid for with cash.

  • The Diner and Diversions Cafe will be open during the course with hours expanding as the course progresses.

  • Friday and Saturday, January 7– 8: 

    • The Diner will be open 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

    • Diversions Cafe closed - there will be a temporary cart available in Marshall Hall from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday

  • Sunday, January 8:

    All dining operations will be closed.

  • Monday through Sunday, January 9-15:

    • The Diner will be open 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Wednesday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

    • Diversions temporary coffee cart in Marshall Hall will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Friday.  And 9:00 am to 3:00 pm over the weekend.

  • Diversion Cafe hours


  • Students - living in a campus house or hall in the spring of 2017
    Lodging on campus is available if you are or will be living on campus for the spring semester of 2015.  If you live on campus we will request early admittance for you.  You will be able to move back in on January 9th.  In most cases you will be moving back into your room/hall/house.  In some cases construction may complicate this and you may need to move into a temporary space.  Please specify that you are living on campus when you sign up.

  • Students - living off campus
    You will be responsible for your own housing.  If you have space available for someone coming from out of town to stay with you please let us know and we will send and email out with your information in early December.
  • Non-students:
    There are a number of bed and breakfast locations and and hotels nearby.  Also if you are interested in staying with students on the floor, couch or bed surfing the let me know and we can let you know if students living off campus have space.  This will happen in early December after the majority of registration has happened.