Frequently Asked Questions (Services)
If you are thinking about running a high-quality training program in remote and wilderness medicine for your employees or your group, please call our office. We want to develop a sense of the type of work your organization is involved in. We want to help guide you in your choice of curriculum. We want to enable our instructors to serve you in the best way possible.
Below are a few common questions and standard answers. Please call us so that we can specifically address your question and assess the best service we can offer.
Q: How do I book a course?
You can call or email our office and we’ll direct you to the appropriate contact to schedule the course that best fits your needs on the dates of your choice. Please call with a few options of course potential course dates. After booking we will mail or email a sponsor booklet that outlines the entire set of hosting responsibilities.
Q: There are only six of us who require this level of specialized training? Can we book a course?
There is a minimum charge per course based on type of course and location . Having said this, please call us! We will work hard to direct you to a course of like-minded professionals within an appropriate geographic distance of your location. Or conversely, given enough time, we will direct others onto your course. We want to help make these connections possible, so that all courses have an added-value component of the shared experiences of professionals working in remote areas.
Q: We are a large organization. Should we train everybody to the highest standard possible?
We would love to train your entire organization to the WFR standard! But that might not be the best use of your resources or fit for every employee in your organization. Please call us. We are able to spend time with you on the phone and come to understand your organizational structure and determine your training needs.
Q: We have over 40 people to train. How will you manage this?
Depending on your classroom resources there are many ways to provide training to this number of students and even several dozen more. As the number of students increase we will increase the volume of instructor resources assigned to course. Let’s talk and make a plan that is a best fit with your location and time constraints.
Q: What is wilderness medicine?
The provision of medical care complicated by the following factors:
- Time – Although sometimes translated into chronological time, in essence it is when access to definitive care is delayed by logistics, distance or hazard and as a result can increase risk to the patient and/or rescuers. Time delays may also compel properly trained practitioners to initiate hospital-level care in the field if doing so would reduce risk and improve outcome.
- Equipment – Remote locations can also have an impact on equipment and supplies needed and used. Weight, size, functionality and appropriateness for the particular environment are also important considerations. Utility in the emergency department or in an EMS vehicle does not make equipment appropriate for many environments or tasks. And, if you don’t have what you need, improvisation may be the only solution.
- Environment – Traditionally, this aspect of wilderness medicine is thought of in terms of meteorological or atmospheric extremes –hot, cold, wet, dry, altitude. Any of these can cause a problem, make a developing one worse or pre–existing one unstable. But environmental extremes are only part of the equation. Disasters, armed conflict and mass casualty incidents can also make assessments difficult, treatments complicated and evacuations problematic. These can be issues of place rather than location.
Q: Is CPR included?
CPR is included on all of our standard core curriculum courses. This is not a pre-requisite. WFR graduates earn an equivalent to healthcare provider level CPR that includes adults and children, airway management, oxygen administration, and AED use. WFA and WAFA graduates earn the equivalent of adult CPR with AED training. Although both levels receive a WMA certification good for 3 years, some jurisdictions and employers may require CPR certification on a yearly basis. All WMA CPR courses are based on the 2010 American Heart Association/ILCOR guidelines and any published updates.
Q: We have employees who have WAFA from other service providers. Are they eligible?
In 2010 WMA International made the decision to allow students with current wilderness advanced first aid certifications of more than 32 hours in length to take the WAFA to WFR Bridge course. There is a pre course assignment that must be completed in full before day one.
Q: We are a group of industry professionals. Will the course be tailored to our needs?
Our traditional market has been in serving the outdoor guiding and recreational industry. We recognize and work with a variety of other professionals with different industry tools and standards. We will tailor the course to your needs, the work that you do and to the environment in which you work. Note however that the medicine and critical thought that we teach around patient management will not change from one course to the next.
Q: Who accredits and recognizes your curriculum?
As an international organization we attempt to acquire accreditation wherever possible. Oftentimes we are engaged in setting the standard of practice in various fields and geographies. The curriculum is accredited by the Canadian Federal Government and numerous provincial Canadian workplace safety organizations. In the United States, WMA is a partnering consultant to the Wilderness Medical Society. Internationally, Wilderness Medical Associates is recognized as the leader and standard in medical and first-aid certifications used for remote workplaces.
With respect to recognition, the certification is recognized internationally, across a variety of industries. Ask a potential employer if they’ll recognize your certification and what level will give you the most visibility on your resume for the work that you want to do.