I’ve been dying to take this class for a long time, and was lucky enough to be home in Baltimore for the holidays when it was being offered at Hopkins. WFR is an intense, 10 days course featuring outdoor mock rescues and realistic moulage. To quote the WMI website:
“The WFR course is designed to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments. For bad-asses only.”
I added in that last part— the class is awesome. Splinting legs with tree branches, learning how to respond to hypothermia and punctured lungs, running around in the woods all day, and feigning injuries when you’re one of the patients. It’s intense, super informative, and one of the best 10 days I’ve spent in a long time. In case of a spinal injury due to a fall while climbing, I know how to stabilize your spine and treat your abrasions. If that’s not awesome enough, should you fall in a stream and become unconscious, impale yourself on a stick, or have an open fracture, I know what to do. BAM!
We splinted his leg with a stick, a jacket shell, the lining of a backpack, and a cut-up t-shirt. If that’s not awesome I don’t know what is.
Our WFR class had two instructors: Mark, a morbidly funny and experienced EMT with a mustache, and KT, a really thorough and knowledgeable instructor. Their humor and thorough knowledge of everything we covered (and more) made the class such a great experience.
*Thanks to Mark from WMI for providing the photos.