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Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT)



New Textbooks Will Not Be Printed Until Summer 2016

Wilderness EMT Upgrade (WEMT)
Wilderness EMT Upgrade is a 52-hour hands-on course that trains EMT’s and Paramedics to provide emergency care in wilderness situations. We use vivid slides and realistic role-playing scenarios to learn how to cope with wilderness hazards and improvise emergency care with whatever is available.  

This course is part of a wilderness EMS program and builds on the American Safety and Health Institute’s (ASHI) Wilderness EMT upgrade course focusing on wilderness concepts and skills with many role-playing scenarios.

Wilderness EMT Class
WEMT Certification from the American Safety & Health Institute (www.hsi.com) is valid for 2 years, and recognized throughout the United States as well as in many other countries. Standard of training for WEMT and other wilderness emergency care certifications is based on a consensus of wilderness medical experts, not government regulation or legislation. To be certified as WEMTs, participants must be currently certified as EMTs or Paramedics, or have recently completed and passed an EMT course. OEC Technician is a certification offered by the National Ski Patrol. OEC is required to become a ski patroller at most ski resorts in the United States.  Graduates of the Wilderness EMT Upgrade course will be eligible to challenge the OEC Exam and become certified as OEC Technicians. To take the OEC Challenge Exam, participants must be certified/licensed Healthcare Providers or have been previously certified as OEC Technicians.

What is wilderness?

For the purpose of emergency care, wilderness means any situation where advanced care and additional resources are out of reach or unavailable, because you are at a remote location (more than 2 hours or so from help) or because a major disaster has overwhelmed the medical system.

Skills covered will include:

  1. BulletMedical Emergencies

  2. Training Programs
Community Training
Childcare Training
Healthcare Training
Instructor Training
Lifeguard Training
Wilderness Training
Workplace TrainingTrauma Emergencies

  3. Fractures and Dislocation Reduction

  4. Hypothermia

  5. BulletWound Management/Wound Closure

  6. BulletGI/Food-Water Borne Pathogens

  7. BulletAntibiotic Therapy

  8. BulletEvacuation

  9. BulletShelter and Firestarting

What will you learn that you did not learn in EMT school?


Environmental hazards

You will learn much, much more about the effects of heat, cold, altitude, solar radiation, and lightning on the body: Prevention, assessment, and treatment.

Biological hazards

Bugs, snakes, bears, plants, contaminated water: What can they do to you and how can you protect yourself? You’ve learned about allergic reactions from venomous stings, but what about diseases that mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas can transmit? And how can you disinfect water in the wilderness?

Wilderness wound care

You’ve learned how to control bleeding with direct pressure or a tourniquet. In a wilderness situation, however, you need to clean and disinfect wounds, and apply bandages that will stay on as the patient walks, skis, scrambles, or is evacuated out. So you will learn and practice far more bandaging techniques than you have ever seen in an ambulance.


Wilderness fracture & dislocation management

You will learn how to align angulated fractures, reduce dislocations, and use various commercial and improvised splints for fixation and traction splinting. You will also learn how to align a patient with possible spinal injuries who is found in a bent or twisted position.

Wilderness extrication & transport

You will learn how to build sleds and litters to evacuate patients from the wilderness.


Above all, you will learn how to improvise care with whatever you have or can find or make in the wilderness.


Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. Other medical professionals may take the course for the training (and CE’s if they are available from the provider) but only participants certified as EMT-B, EMT-I, OEC-T, or EMT-P are eligible for the WEMT certification.

Course Completion Time: 52 Hours  (Course is held over 6 days)

Successful completion is based on achievement of the core learning objectives and skills demonstration rather than a prescribed instruction time. Actual times may vary.

Certification Period: 2 Years

Course Price:  For current course price, please see our Course Price List.


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