Wilderness First Responder course (WFR)

May 22 - 30, 2017 

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

Course registration is currently open with about 3 spots available. You can register by mailing a registration form in with a check or by emailing the form to Justin Canny and then we will take a credit card over the phone.


About the WFR Course

Course Dates & Times

  • Course starts at 8:00 a.m. on Monday May 22, 2017
  • Location - University of Puget Sound campus, Thompson Hall rm 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 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily with 30 to an hour for lunch.

Registration, Syllabus & Cost

General Public:

    • Registration rate $600 
    • Upgrade WFR to WEMT early registration discount - contact us for more information

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

    • Registration  rate $550
    • 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:

Justin Canny
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, and in local parks and at Point Defiance Park.

The indoor portion of class will be in Thompson Hall room 193.  You can park in lot P4 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 field guides and teaching materials.

  • Full color water-proof field handbooks; for everything you can't remember....
  • 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, hot pot, 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.
  • Meals are available on campus during the course and can be paid for with cash or credit card

  • The Diner and Diversions Cafe will be open during the course with limited hours from Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm for full service food and coffee.

  • The Diner may be open for dinner the following nights;
    • 5/22 - 24 Monday - Wednesday
    • 5/27 - 28 Saturday and Sunday


  • Lodging for the General Public:
    Lodging is available on campus for $10 per night plus $25 if you would like linens (towels, sheets, blanket, and bath mat). Lodging will be in a single room within a suite with a shared bathroom and kitchenette (fridge, sink and microwave).
  • 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 2017.  If you live on campus we will request early admittance for you.  You will be able to move back in on Friday January 6th.  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.