Wilderness First Responder
2017 Date TBD
The Wilderness First Responder Course is ideal for scout leaders, camp counselors and any other youth or outdoor worker. It not only offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies.
Our Wilderness First Responder Course is presented in partnership with the Roane State Community College Continuing Healthcare Education, and meets the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services standards and national registry standards for First Responder training. Upon completion of this course participants will be eligible for National testing, which must be completed separately at a certified testing center, and will also be qualified for listing on the national registry.
Cost: $843. Lodging and meals are included, however required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance.
Cost for National Park Service employees: $759
Financial aid for Wilderness First Responder is available through the Louise Barber Endowment. To apply, send a letter along with your registration form stating how you will benefit from the course, why you need financial assistance, and the amount you are requesting. Special consideration is given to those who work with young people.
Send letters to:
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
9725 Tremont Rd., Townsend, TN 37882
Click here to see flier with more information on Wilderness First Responder.
Participants are required to bring 2 sets of clothing that can be destroyed in scenario training. Also safety glasses for scenario training and 2 flashlight sources, one being a headlamp for the night time scenario.
Certification lasts 2 years, and may be renewed by attending our Wilderness First Responder Refresher.
Required Course Materials
(must be purchased in advance)
Medicine for the Outdoors
by Paul Auerbach, M.D.
Cost: approximately $30
EMR Complete - 2nd Edition
by Daniel Limmer
Cost: approximately $95
Books can be ordered by calling (865) 882-4671.
Cancellations received up to two weeks prior to the program start date will be refunded in full, minus a $50 processing fee.