Wilderness First Responder Certification Option

Wilderness First Responder students helping a patient during a simulated emergency scenario. Field scientists working in Mongolia more often than not do so in very remote conditions and NOMAD Science is proud to bring Wilderness First Responder training to the region promoting safer working conditions and emergency preparedness.

Wilderness First Responder students helping a patient during a simulated emergency scenario. Field scientists working in Mongolia more often than not do so in very remote conditions and NOMAD Science is proud to bring Wilderness First Responder training to the region promoting safer working conditions and emergency preparedness.

 

Session II: Wilderness First Responder Certification Option

Skills: risk assessment and management; injury and illness prevention; patient assessment; long-term patient management; management of traumatic, medical, and environmental emergencies; improvised splint and litter construction; decision making; communication and medical documentation; evacuation considerations

Logistics: Participants will camp in their own tents at a single base camp during the course and for the duration of the project if participating in Session II. Three project gers provide communal space, a kitchen, and a laboratory for more comfortable living and working conditions. The nearby Khog River will provide water for drinking (after purification) and cleaning. Classroom portions will be held in a communal tent or ger as well as the surrounding countryside.

Students practice their wilderness medicine skills during a scenario

Students practice their wilderness medicine skills during a scenario

Dates: July 10-18, 2019

Costs: There are three enrollment options available for this course depending on participants involvement in other NOMAD Science programs and previous experience in Mongolia.

  • Option 1: Enroll in Session IIa or IIb of the NOMAD Science programs and opting for WFR certification: $300 USD (in addition to NOMAD Science tuition fee). Participants will spend approximately half of their time working with the field science teams, and half of their time working towards their certification.

  • Option 2: Enroll only in WFR course including logistics (transport, food, permits, etc.): $1400 USD. Participants will only partake in the WFR course, will be transported from Ulaanbaatar to the field site and back, all permits will be arranged, and meals will be provided. Participants will still need to provide their own camping equipment (tent and sleeping bag), travel insurance, and travel to Ulaanbaatar if elsewhere.

  • Option 3: Enroll only in WFR course excluding logistics (organize yourself): $750 USD. Participants selecting this option must have previous experience in Mongolia and some language skills to be able to confidently travel solo in Mongolia, arrange own transport, organize border permits, etc.

Overview:  In addition to the archaeological or ecology field course Session II offers participants the unique opportunity to gain professional level wilderness medicine certification from Aerie Backcountry Medicine (www.aeriemedicine.com). Aerie’s 72 hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course is designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts, preparing them to care for injuries and illnesses in remote, resource limited environments. The WFR certification is recognized throughout the world as a baseline qualification for outdoor guides and trip leaders. NOMAD Science and Aerie are passionate about further extending this training’s value to the field based sciences of conservation, biology, and archaeology.


The course is fast-paced, challenging, and fun. Through engaging presentations, hands-on practice, student projects, and a specific emphasis on scenario based learning we address injury and illness prevention, patient assessment and care, and long-term patient management while stressing the thought processes unique to caring for patients in remote environments. This is not your standard first aid course. Students gain a working skillset in basic airway management, assessment and care of traumatic injuries such as chest trauma, bleeding and shock, head and spine injuries, orthopedic injuries, basic wound care, and environmental emergencies such hypothermia, heat illness, drowning, lightning, and altitude illnesses. Common medical emergencies and conditions such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, asthma, seizures, abdominal complaints, allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are also covered. Students practice medical documentation and communication skills throughout the program including remote medical consultation. The benefits of learning and practicing these skills in the gorgeous but truly remote environment that is Soyo cannot be overstated. The skills and perspective gained will increase participant’s effectiveness as team members on any remote project or adventure.

In addition to the WFR certification students receive CPR certification and may apply for 2 University of Montana credits through Health and Human Performance (additional fee applies).

Students learn to work under pressure during an emergency scenario

Students learn to work under pressure during an emergency scenario

Staff: Aerie instructor and paramedic Trenton Harper will return for his third season in Mongolia with NOMAD Science. He brings with him 14 years of experience teaching wilderness medical courses throughout the United States and internationally. His background includes working as a ground and flight paramedic, paramedic-ranger in Yellowstone National Park, search and rescue member, and outdoor educator with particular focus on wilderness survival skills.

WFR students transport a patient using a litter constructed from gear found in most field camps during a scenario

WFR students transport a patient using a litter constructed from gear found in most field camps during a scenario