Wilderness First Responder (WFR)-eräensiapukurssi

8.-12.8.2022, Lähiopetus + Online itseopiskelu ennen lähiopetusta, Teaching and materials in English

Ammatillinen täydennyskoulutusHyvinvointi ja harrastaminenSosiaali- ja terveysalaTerveys ja liikuntaHyvinvointi ja harrastaminenKansalaistaidot
Vaativa eräensiapukurssi / Demanding wilderness first aid course


8 - 12.8.2022


Päivittäin klo 08-18.00 Daily 8-18

Kenelle sopii

Kaikille luonnossa liikkujille, jotka liikkuvat alueilla, joilla avunsaanti saattaa viivästyä. For all those moving in nature who move in areas where access to assistance may be delayed.


Hiihtomajantie 2 96400 Rovaniemi, Santasport Lapin Urheiluopisto


12.4 - 18.7.2022


1000 € / 550€
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)-eräensiapukurssi

Koulutuksen kuvaus

550 €, jos sinulla on voimassa oleva sertifikaatti (WFR tai WAFA). Tällöin sinun ei tarvitse osallistua ennen kurssia online -itseopiskeluun. 
1000 €, jos sinulla ei ole voimassa olevaa sertifikaattia.

Lapin kesäyliopisto lähettää laskun ilmoittamaasi osoitteeseen. Lasku täytyy olla maksettuna ennen kurssin aloitusta. 

Course fee:
550 €, if you have a certificate (WFR or WAFA). In this case, you do not need to attend online self-study before the course.
1000 €, if you do not have a valid certificate.

The Summer University of Lapland will send the invoice to the address you provided. The invoice must be paid before the start of the course.

Wilderness Medical Associates on tarjonnut laadukkaita eräensiapukoulutuksia jo 80-luvulta alkaen. Kurssit ovat käytännönläheisiä, ja tarjoavat sinulle hyvät valmiudet antaa ensiapua takamaastossa. Kurssi sopii kaikille luonnossa liikkujille, mutta aiempi kokemus eräensiapukurssilta on hyödyksi. Nyt ensimmäistä kertaa tätä koulutusta tarjolla myös Rovaniemellä!

Wilderness First Responder on WMA:n vaativin maallikoille tarjottu, kokonaisvaltainen ja kattava eräensiapukurssi, joka sopii kaikille luonnossa liikkujille, ja erityisesti niille, jotka liikkuvat erämaisilla alueilla ja olosuhteissa, joissa avun tulo voi kestää jopa päiviä. Kurssi antaa hyvän teoriapohjan ja käytännön valmiudet huolehtia potilaasta pidemmän aikaa ammattiapua odotellessa, sekä auttaa päätöksenteossa, jos harkinnassa on retken jatkaminen evakuoinnin sijasta, sekä auttaa omaehtoisen evakuoinnin suunnittelussa ja toteuttamisessa.

Kurssien opetuskieli on englanti, oppimateriaalit ovat englanniksi.

Kurssi kattaa sisällöltään ja laajuudeltaan useimpien työpaikkojen vaatiman EA-koulutuksen.

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, wilderness guides, members of the military, professional search and rescue teams, wildland firefighters, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The course provides essential training in wilderness medicine, leadership, and critical thinking for professionals and leaders working and traveling in outdoor, low-resource, and remote environments. During the course, students learn the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary. To earn certification, students must meet the criteria set forth in our Functional Position Description as well as the minimum WFR performance and testing standards by the last day of course. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level.

5-Day WFR Course (30+ hours offline pre-course work and 5 days in person)

This course requires 30+ hours of self-directed pre-course review prior to 40+ hours of in-person learning over the course of five days. The 5-Day WFR is best suited for students with previous medical backgrounds (EMR or higher) or those who have completed a WFR course in the past. Students are provided an electronic or physical textbook and downloadable study guide to review the curriculum and are expected to come to class ready to engage in drills and skill practice.

We recommend that students register for the course four weeks prior to the course start date to allow time to 1) receive the electronic textbook by e-mail, 2) download the PDF Study Guide, and 3) adequately complete the 30+ hours of pre-course work. If the course start date is less than two weeks away, students will no longer be able to register for the course due to insufficient time to complete the pre-course work. Students are encouraged to register and begin pre-course review in advance of the required deadlines. All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.


Erik Forsythe, Flight Paramedic

Erik works as a Flight Paramedic in western Colorado and lives in the small but mighty ski town of Crested Butte. He has been working EMS since 1992 with experience in Mountain Rescue, Ski Patrol, Ambulance, Fire, and Flight services and has held the positions of Ski Patrol Director and EMS Chief. Erik has been teaching wilderness medicine programs since 1994 and joined the staff of Wilderness Medical Associates® in 2000.

Ville Melkko

Ville is WMA Europe lead instructor and co-owner who lives in the Finnish arctic capital of Rovaniemi. He graduated from Finnish Emergency Services College in 2011 and moved to south to gain work experience from a larger fire department where he worked as a firefighter-paramedic. He graduated 2019 as a Registered Nurse. After that he worked for Lapland Hospital District and the Lapland Central Hospital where he worked as nurse anesthetist and ER-nurse. In 2020 he got a diploma in advanced level paramedics. 2021 he also worked part-time in search and rescue helicopter service in Lapland.

For ten years he worked as part-time skiing instructor all around Finland, and in 2017 he took the Wilderness Medical Associates International’s Instructor Training in Maine, US and has been teaching wilderness medicine since. With all his work experience and past time hobbies combined Ville has vast knowledge in patient care in the remote setting and special insight of the Arctic environment.

Koulutuksen sisältö

The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence-based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting-edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.

  • The general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
  • Environmental medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
  • Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
  • Musculoskeletal problems including unstable and stable injuries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
  • Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
  • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
  • WMA wilderness protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.


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Juho Mutka koulutussuunnittelija
juho.mutka@lapinkesayliopisto.fi Puh. 040 502 5679

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