Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
WHO IS THE WEMT COURSE FOR?
The WEMT is designed for people who work, or plan to work, as professional medical personnel on fire departments, rescue squads, and ambulance crews, especially those working far from definitive care (e.g. on rural or wilderness rescue teams).
WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WEMT is 170+ hours long (typically taught in 20 days, spread out over four weeks, with weekends off), and combines the standard Department of Transportation Emergency (DOT) Medical Technician curriculum with wilderness-specific medical training that focuses on long-term care (our WFR curriculum).
WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
The WEMT course is held only at SOLO. Six to eight WEMT courses are scheduled each year. See Schedule.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Residential: $3695 ($750 Deposit, $2945 Balance) – Includes lodging and all meals.
Day Student: $3195 ($750 Deposit, $2445 Balance) – NO lodging, includes all meals.
Both course prices include the $300 lab fee.
IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of wilderness practical skills, and there is a written wilderness exam. At the end of the course, participants will take a National Registry/New Hampshire five-station, practical exam and the National Registry computerized exam.
DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Upon successful completion of both exams, participants receive a two-year SOLO WEMT certification, a two-year AHA CPR certification, and a National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification. It is the responsibility of each student to find out how certification and licensure work in their state.
HOW DO I RECERTIFY?
The SOLO 3-day Refresher Training Program (RTP) recertifies WEMTs (it does not include a wilderness component or the EMT practical examâ€”see sidebar.) A Wild Day recertifies the wilderness component for current WEMTs (see sidebar.) Recertifying your national or state EMT is a complex issue. See more.
DOES MY SOLO RTP COUNT TOWARD CONTINUING ED REQUIREMENTS?
Typically no. National Registry recertification requires an additional 48 hours of related training. Many states have different requirements; contact your state EMS office.
HOW DO I UPGRADE MY EMT CERTIFICATION TO WEMT?
Current EMTs may upgrade by taking the 5-day SOLO WEMT Module (see below).
EDUCATIONAL/FUNCTIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS FOR WILDERNESS MEDICAL STUDENTS AND PROVIDERS
Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT are job-training programs leading to certifications. Based on the Department of Transportation’s First Responder and EMT curriculums, the WFR and WEMT programs integrate wilderness and medical training. Please read all requirements before registering for a course
WILDERNESS EMT MODULE
SOLO’s WEMT Module is a 5-day program that upgrades current street First Responders to the WFR level, and current EMTs to the Wilderness EMT level. It focuses on emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance.
The Module covers subjects such as:
- Principles of Long-Term Patient Care
- Wilderness Patient Assessment System
- Principles of Long-Term Soft Tissue Injuries
- Principles of Long-Term Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Environmental Emergencies (Hypothermia, Frostbite, Non-Freezing Cold-Related Injuries)
- Heat Stroke
- Heat Exhaustion
- North American Bites and Stings
- Severe Weather,Lightning & Avalanche
- Barotrauma and Marine Bites & Stings
- Case Histories and Mock Rescues
SOLO’s WEMT Module is designed to give current First Responders/EMTs the skills they need when the ambulance is a long way off. Participants will take a written and practical wilderness exam. This course typically counts as 40 hours of continuing education for National Registry EMTs.
EMT REFRESHER TRAINING PROGRAM (RTP)
This is a 3-day, NH/National Registry approved course, that recertifies EMTs. There is no wilderness component. It is the participant’s responsibility to sign up for their practical EMT exams if required by their state.
EMT WILD DAY
A SOLO Wild Day recertifies the wilderness component for current WEMTs. It is often scheduled at the end of an EMT RTP course. A Wild Day does not certify street EMTs to the wilderness level (see EMT Module, above).
ADVANCED WEMT (AWEMT)
This new program is for current WEMTs who want to develop new skills, particularly in the areas of search and rescue, basic low- and high-angle rescue, bivouac/shelter & litter building, tropical and travel medicine, and Advanced Life Support in the backcountry. The course usually counts as 40 hours of continuing education for National Registry EMTs.
SPECIFIC WEMT SKILLS include:
- Trauma Assessment System: Rapid and Detailed Assessments
- Heathcare Provider CPR: Adult, Child, Infant CPR and Obstructed Airway AED
- Advanced Airway Mgt. Skills
- Barotauma & Dive-Related Injuries
- Marine Bites and Stings
- Avalanche Skills
- Behavior & Psychiatric Emergencies
- Emergency Childbirth
- Geriatric Medicine
- Pediatric Trauma
- Mass Casualty Incidents
- Incident Command System
- Hazardous Materials
- Mock Rescues
- Case Histories