Occupational First Aid for Remote Environments (Wilderness First Aid - 16 training hours)

Course Overview

This 2-day skills based program represents the minimum standard of training for personnel who work in remote environments. The course includes all necessary workplace training standards. This training provides a practical perspective on dealing with common injuries through to life threatening situations and the management of these critical incidents when transport to definitive care may be hours or days away.

The program is divided between classroom and practical skills, utilizing scenarios and simulations to enhance learning and develop effective interventions and competent patient care.

Recertification of OFARE: to maintain an OFARE level of certification, you need to complete a one-day scenario based reassessment every 3 years.

Day 1

  • Welcome / Registration / Course Objectives
  • First Aid and Wilderness Emergency Care
  • Leadership & Liability
  • Anatomy & Physiology 101
    • Principal Body Systems
  • Patient Assessment System
    • Scene Survey
    • Primary Survey – drills & practice
    • Secondary Survey – scenarios / drills & practice
    • Documentation
  • Basic Life Support
    • Airway Management and CPR in the Wilderness
  • Traumatic Injuries
    • Head / Chest / Abdomen / Spine – practical scenarios
  • Shock: Recognition & Management
  • Patient Stabilization and Evacuation
    • Patient Positioning / Carries – drills & practice
    • Spinal Cord Injury Management – drills & practice

Day 2

  • Wound Management in a Remote Setting
    • Guiding Principles
    • Short Term / Long Term Care
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
    • Sprains / Strains / Fractures / Dislocations
    • Immobilization & Splinting Techniques – scenarios / drills & practice
  • Environmental Emergencies
    • Sudden medical emergencies, poisoning, Heat Illnesses / Hyperthermia
    • Cold injuries / Hypothermia – practical scenario
    • Drowning / Near Drowning
    • Allergies, Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine – practical scenario
  • Scenario / Assessment Drills / Study
  • Course Wrap-Up / Feedback / Keeping Your Skills Up To Date


This course can be used as the foundation course to upgrade to Occupational First Aid for Remote Environments II (Advanced Wilderness First Aid). Upgrade must be completed within 12 months of the original certification.

CWMT does recognize the training standards of other credible wilderness first aid providers and can recertify in accordance with our standards of care.


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