Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Wilderness EMR was formerly known as “Wilderness First Responder (WOFR)”. Revisions to national EMS standards since 2010 renamed the “First Responder” certification to “Emergency Medical Responder”.  Same rating…new name!

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The next EMR Academy will be Saturdays and Sundays for 4 weekends, March 3-25, 2018, in Arvada.  Registration will open by December 2017

EMR is the highest level of volunteer first aid.  This class fits right below the EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) in the hierarchy of emergency medicine.  Several businesses and fire departments use the EMR as a deployable emergency medical resource.  This is a thorough first aid presentation.  The minimum age for participants is 14, however, you must be 16 if you want to also take the state or national EMR registry tests.  This is an adult level class.


We also welcome participants who need this training for their professional or volunteer positions.  We are a Colorado certified training center.  Our graduates have the option to take the state registry test for EMR (required for fire department personnel and others employed as EMRs).  Note:  Completion of state registry testing is not required for non-employed volunteer participants.

This class is different from a regular EMR class because we include protocols for “remote” response (ambulance is more than 30 minutes away).  The cost is $250 (plus individual equipment if needed…pocket mast, BP cuff, stethoscope). If you are a volunteer that wants solid medical emergency skills you are welcome in this course.

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Participants will receive a textbook, reference guide, handouts, and training DVDs.  Each participant will need a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, and CPR pocket mask.  Colorado First Aid will help you purchase these items you don’t your own.

Are you thinking of being an EMT someday?  This class is a great way to get prepared for EMT school.  We also get a lot of questions regarding the difference between Advanced First Aid and Emergency Medical Responder.

Already trained as an EMR?  Are you looking for a re-certification class?  Click over to the EMR Recertification Page for more information.


Our training is compliant with EMR national training standards and Colorado state requirements. Our first aid and CPR classes are compliant with the American Heart Association ECC standards as well as OSHA requirements.   We add new dates as groups request training, so check our schedule for current classes.  Participants will learn how to recognize an emergency, act appropriately, and respond with current first aid and CPR protocols. EMR studentThis learning event will require study, practice, and memorization of emergency procedures.  There are daily quizzes, graded performance skills, and a final examination.  You must complete all requirements with a passing score to receive your certification.

First aid and CPR cards are issued with a two year expiration date, in accordance with the 2015 global first aid standards updates.


Here are the course topics:

  • Introduction to the EMS System
  • The Well-Being of the First Responder
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Communication
  • The Human Body
  • The Airway and Breathing Emergencies
  • Ventilation Devices and Oxygen
  • Cardiac Emergencies and CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • Scene Size-Up and Primary Assessment
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Medical Conditions
  • Behavioral Emergencies
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Bleeding and Shock
  • Soft-Tissue Injuries
  • Injuries to Muscles and Bones
  • Injuries to the Head and Spine
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth
  • Pediatric Patients
  • Geriatric Patients
  • Lifting and Moving Patients
  • EMS Response and Operations
  • Special Operations
  • Incident Management
  • Wilderness and Remote Protocols

Looking for the Wilderness Emergency Responder Patch?

Here is information on National Registry EMR.  If you want to pursue a National Registry EMR rating you complete our course and apply for testing via this site.

EMRs should know that CPR’s C-A-B implementation effects all responders.

Colorado First Aid offers a two day EMR re-certification, including wilderness and remote protocols.  If you have a group interested in EMR re-certification please contact us.

The certification agency is National Safety Council, with additional materials to expand the remote care/wilderness training.

Colorado First Aid is always looking for more class opportunities.  Do you want to host a session…public or private?  To teach the EMR program we need six to eight class days and we will come to your location.  Here is a page to ask a question or request a class for your group.