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Muir-Walker Medics

Outdoor Emergency Care Training is a project of the Muir-Walker Medics Co-operative Limited – a not-for-profit Industrial and Provident Society registered with the Financial Services Authority
(Reg. No. 29894R).


South Downs National Park and on-site worldwide



While WFR module 3 introduces new skills such as the use of Automatic External Defibrillation, the main emphasis is on using scenario based training and assessment to hone skills and build confidence. Applying a Slishman Splint for Femoral Traction during scenarios in Friston Forest

27-28-29th June 2014 Module III - YHA Alfriston, South Downs Nation Park

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28-29th June 2014

WFR Refresher

YHA Alfriston, South Downs National Park


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All WFR Modules (I, II and III).

Module I: Any  open WFA  course at any of our venues.

Module II: Remote Care, YHA Alfriston, 21st-22nd June 2014

Module III: 27-28-29th June 2014 YHA Alfriston.


(10% combined module booking discount)

WFA (Module I) Date Choice

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This course is run in two formats- modular or week long.

Modular: Our open programme course is run over three weekend modules, totaling 68 hours contact time and a minimum of 20 hours home study. Students can progress through each weekend module gaining certification as they go - firstly Wilderness First Aid , followed by Remote Care and finally Wilderness First Responder III.

Single Block: Alternatively, if you want to book in-house training for your organisation, we provide this training as an intensive week long course (7 days) with some pre-course home study. Contact our training team to discuss how we can help. Tel: 0845 2235439 E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Course outline

For those involved in outdoor leadership, Wilderness First Responder is the global standard for emergency care in remote locations. WFR covers a wide range of topics set out in recommendations by the Wilderness Medical Society.

The general educational objectives of WFR courses are to "instruct students in:

  • the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology;
  • prevention, recognition, and management of injuries and illnesses in the wilderness;
  • the causes, recognition, and management of unique wilderness illnesses and injuries not typically seen in an urban environment;
  • extended care in the wilderness environment;
  • the principles of wilderness survival, SAR [Search And Rescue], packaging, and transportation; and
  • the contents of wilderness emergency care kits and improvisation of emergency equipment and supplies." (Wilderness First Responder: Recommended Minimum Course Topics, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, 10, 13-19 (1999) )

Module 3 builds on the knowledge and skills in wilderness care attained throughout the previous 36 hours of training in Modules 1 & 2. While Module 3 does introduce new skills and knowledge, the main emphasis is on using scenario based training and assessment to hone skills and build confidence. The majority of the course is spent outdoors in the woods, valleys and hills surrounding YHA Alfriston.
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Course Times:
  • Friday: Daytime sessions - 9am-7pm
    Dinner 7-8pm, Evening session 8-10pm
  • Saturday: Daytime sessions - 9am-7pm
    Dinner 7-8pm, Evening session 8-9.30pm
  • Sunday: Daytime sessions - 9am-6.30pm


As well as refreshing, practicing and systemizing techniques initially encountered in Modules 1 & 2 the weekend also brings new skills and knowledge. Some highlights include:

  • Automatic External Defibrillation
  • Advanced litter construction
  • Airway adjuncts and Bag-Valve Mask in Basic Life Support
  • Management of Psychological & Behavioral Emergencies in Remote areas
  • Bivouac Skills
  • Femoral Traction Devices
  • Dental Problems
  • Search Methods

Entry requirements

Our 7 day in-house courses are entry level, but to achieve Wilderness First Responder certification through our open programme participants need to attend all three weekend modules. A reasonable level of physical fitness is needed to complete Module 3, along with basic navigation skills and the ability to complete some guided home study.

Course manuals, certification and assessment                                                           wfrbook

All successful students receive a Wilderness First Responder certificate valid for three years as well AED/BLS certification.

Participants receive three main course texts as they progress through the modules. WFR Module 1 (Wilderness First Aid) uses 'Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations' by the Wilderness Medical Society as its key text, as does WFR Module 2 (Remote Care) along with our 'Remote Care: Patient Assessment & Advanced Skills' handbook. WFR Module 3 brings in new elements thanks to Buck Tilton's classic 'Wilderness First Responder' manual.

Attainment of Module 1 and 2 are achieved by passing multiple choice papers and on-going assessment by course instructors. Module 3 includes a further two written papers, hands-on scenario based assessments, an assessed case study as well as on-going assessment by course staff.

Venue, Accommodation and Meals

This course is held in and around YHA Alfriston. We take full advantage of its setting in the South Downs to do many practical sessions outside. The location is a Sussex flint house, partly dating from 1530 with a Tudor beamed lounge, a mile from the the village of Alfriston. The Seven Sisters spectacular sea cliffs are nearby. Set in a large garden overlooking the Cuckmere Valley, the hostel is also an ideal base for exploring the South Downs.
tanyafalOur course costs are not residential. Accommodation is available at YHA Alfriston, but needs to be booked in advance. Bunk beds are from £13.25 per night for YHA members, £16.25 for non-members. A limited number of two-bed rooms are available (including one with on-suite shower room). Alternatively, we can provide you with a local accommodation list.

Light refreshments are provided in the training room throughout the day, but bring packed food for lunch times and when we are out in the surrounding countryside. Breakfast, dinner and packed lunches are available from the hostel or you can use one of the self-catering kitchens. When booking at YHA Alfriston tell them you are attending our course. Their telephone number is: 0870 770 5666

NOTE: YHA Alfriston cannot book course places, only accommodation and meals.








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