Great Lakes Wilderness Emergency Readiness Training 

Are You Prepared?

No ambulance.  No hospital.  No helicopter.  Miles from the nearest road.  Hours, perhaps days away from help.  No rescue is coming.  What are you going to do?

Who Are Our Classes For?

Avid campers, fishers, hunters, boaters, hikers, Boy Scout leaders, Park Rangers, people involved in missionary work, or anyone who wants to prepare for time in the wilderness.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) 

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a 16-hour course that teaches the basic information related to the care of a sick or injured person in the back country.  This is a SOLO course with a national certification that last 2 years.

Course scheduled in 2024


April 19th & 20th, 2024

Friday and Saturday, 9a – 5p.

May 10th & 11th, 2024

Friday and Saturday, 9a – 5p.

May 31st & June 1st, 2024

Friday and Saturday, 9a – 5p.

Cost – $250.00

Wilderness EMT Module

The Wilderness EMT (WEMT) module is a 40-hour course for people who are already EMTs or concurrently taking an EMT-Basic course.  Successful participants will be certified as a WEMT, which is the premier certification for those who would like to work in the back country.

We offer this course to current EMT students at Great Lakes EMS Academy and for all people licensed as EMTs. 

The WEMT module is scheduled for the following days, 9a – 5p.

May 13th (Monday) thru May 17th (Friday) 2023 9a – 5p.  We are This will be help at Conestoga Camp ground in Grand Haven, MI. Overnight camping is not required.  But it will be fun!

               Cost – $750.00

Wilderness First Responder 

The Wilderness First Responder Course (WFR) is a SOLO certification course.  This certification is often a requirement for working for outdoor guide companies, national park service, or white water rafting leaders.   Our course begins with an online component that is the same online course that Great Lakes EMS Academy uses in their Medical First Responder Course. This part of the course does have some time in the classroom for short discussions and skills training. During the class, students will take the wilderness component along with the Wilderness EMT students.  To be clear, this is not a course that will allow you to be a licensed MFR in the State of Michigan.  We only schedule one a year.

Course schedule for 2024

The course starts on February 2, 2024.  That is when students will start completing online assignments through JB Learning.  This schedule is flexible.  In the past we have only had a few students.  This year, we are going to wait for the students to register and set up a schedule that is good for them.  We will meet for a few hours 3 or 4 times to practice some skills and run some scnearios.

May 13th (Monday) thru May 17th (Friday) 2024 9a – 5p.  We will complete the wilderness medicine training with the WEMTs.  This will be help at Conestoga Camp ground in Grand Haven, MI. Overnight camping is not required.  But it will be fun!

Cost – $1,200.00

WEMT Flyer (2024)

Great Lakes Wilderness Emergency Response Training teaches their courses at various places through Kent and Ottawa County.  We may spend our day inside at a local ambulance company or college.  If the weather cooperates, we like to go outside and spend time in the woods or an area park.  Participants will know the location of the course far before the date of the course.  

Traction Splint

Traction Splint

Closing a Wound

Starting a Fire