Course Description:

The ASHI Wilderness First Responder course is designed to provide an increased medical knowledge to those who may, for long periods, be far from definitive medical care. Students will learn how to triage injuries and provide basic care for fractures, sprains, strains, high altitude illnesses, head trauma and other injuries likely to occur in wilderness environments. The course has 20-30 hours of lecture with accompanying skills practicum. A written examination will be administered at the culmination of the course. A score of 80% or higher is required to receive certification.

General Activities:

Students will attend class every day and participate in scenarios designed to strengthen their critical thinking and skills and to increase their medical knowledge.

General Information:

  • Graduates receive Wilderness First Responder Certification from American Safety & Health Institute
  • Course adds depth to basic first aid skills to give wilderness situation instruction for emergency medical services
  • Students learn practical skills such as fracture splinting, cleaning and dressing soft tissue injuries, wrapping sprains & strains, and basic response to medical emergencies

Uniform and Supplies


  • General Emergency Services
  • Current immunizations
  • A strong stomach – photographs, vignettes and video clips may get graphic at times


Uniform throughout the course is BDU’s. One T-shirt will be provided specific to the WFR School. You may order more when you register for the course. LESA gets HOT so unless you are prepared to do laundry every night, you might want to consider purchasing extra.


  • Complete 24hr Pack
  • Wilderness First Responder course manual (provided by LESA)
  • Notebook paper
  • Highlighters (2)
  • Pens (2)
  • Backpack or Jump Bag for first aid kit – Kits will be available for purchase prior to the class. If you wish to obtain from outside the school, please make sure the following items are in your kit.
  • A backpack-type bag is recommended for students intending to utilize their training in a wilderness setting. Items highlighted below may be consumed by classroom exercises.
    • Tweezers
    •  Abdominal Pad (5×9)
    • Gauze Pads (4×4), 5
    • Triangular Bandages, Woven, 3
    • SAM Splint
    • Safety pins (4-6)
    • Antimicrobial Wipes, 10
    • Penlight
    • Waterproof Tape (1/2 and 1 in), 1 each
    • Alcohol Prep Pads, 10
    • Non-Latex gloves (e.g. nitrile; 1 box)
    • Bandage Scissors
    • Gauze Rolls (3 and 4 in), 2 each
    • Elastic Bandage or Vet Wrap (2″), 2
    • Trauma Shears

Should you have any questions, please contact the instructor, Maj. Jeff Ellison, at jhellison1051@gmail.com



Commandant: Major Jeff Ellison