American Red Cross
Wilderness and Remote First Aid (WRFA)

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When: September 21 and 22, 2024

Tuition: $245   

Certification: American Red Cross Certification (valid for 2 years)

Course Time: 16 hours

Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Course Description

The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid course is to provide individuals a foundation of first aid principles and skills to be able to respond to emergencies and give care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS) response, such as wilderness and remote environments, including urban disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

The Wilderness and Remote First Aid course requires active participation in a classroom or field experience that grows in complexity from initial response principles to specific care recommendations. This course highlights the importance of critical thinking and decision making to take the appropriate action to give first aid care in a delayed-help environment. The course is intended to provide hands-on learning using realistic scenarios that present some of the realities of caring for someone in an environment with fewer resources and changing conditions

Current adult CPR/AED certification is a prerequisite for participation in the Wilderness and Remote First Aid course. Participants must also be 14 years of age on or before the last scheduled session of the course.

Course Materials: Wilderness and Remote First Aid Emergency Reference Guide and Pocket Guide, Student First Aid Training Kit.

Featured Topics   

  • Performing primary and secondary assessment
  • Head (Brain), Neck and Spinal Injuries
  • Wounds and Wound Infection
  • Bites and Stings
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Burns
  • Abdominal Illnesses
  • Hypothermia
  • Heat-Related Illnesses
  • Lightning
  • Altitude Illnesses
  • Submersion Incidents
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis

Course Logistics

Meals - Are on your own. Bring a lunch with you, or choose from a number of nearby restaurants. We will break for lunch from noon-1pm.
Lodging - Lodging is on your own. Google the area for a variety of lodging options.
Transportation - Students must provide their own transportation to and from the course, daily.

Course Instructor

Katherine Gividen teaches American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid courses. She is a NOLS Wilderness First Responder. Katherine also teaches backpacking and camping classes for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Becoming an Outdoors Woman program. She previously taught backpacking classes for LSU’s Leisure and Arts Program. Katherine has served as president of the Louisiana Hiking Club.

Wilderness and Remote  First Aid Details

September 21 and 22, 2024
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Class is limited to 10 participants.

Questions? Call 225-767-6916 or email