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The Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Course is ideal for scout leaders, camp counselors and any other youth or outdoor worker. It not only offers hands-on training for dealing with bites, burns and other injuries, but also teaches participants how to manage conditions brought about from extreme temperatures and other outdoor emergencies.

Our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Course is presented in partnership with the Roane State Community College Continuing Healthcare Education, and meets the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services standards and national registry standards for First Responder training. Upon completion of this course participants will be eligible for National testing, which must be completed separately at a certified testing center, and will also be qualified for listing on the national registry.

Cost: $899. Lodging and meals are included, however required course materials must be purchased separately and obtained in advance.
Cost for National Park Service employees: $713. Please call 865-448-6709 for discount code. Enter discount code when you register online below.

Financial aid for Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder is available through the Louise Barber Endowment. To apply, send a letter along with your registration form stating how you will benefit from the course, why you need financial assistance, and the amount you are requesting. Special consideration is given to those who work with young people.

Send letters to:
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
9725 Tremont Rd., Townsend, TN 37882

Click here to see flier with more information on Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder.

Additional Information:
Participants are required to bring 2 sets of clothing that can be destroyed in scenario training. Also safety glasses for scenario training and 2 flashlight sources, one being a headlamp for the night time scenario.

Certification lasts 2 years, and may be renewed by attending our Wilderness Emergency Medical Responder Refresher.

This course is previously known as “Wilderness First Responder Course.”

Sorry for the inconvenience, this course is cancelled. 

Please note: Online registration forms also serve as your health and wavier form which includes medical information. Please allow 20-30 minutes to complete the online form and have your information ready. All fields must be completed.

If you wish to register by mail, please complete registration pdf and waiver form. Mail both forms and your check to:

Tremont Institute
9275 Tremont Road
Townsend, TN 37882

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