From: Lake Bluff, IL
Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights

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4 Days, 3 Nights
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Lake Bluff, IL
Included: WFR certification, course material, instructor.
Not Included: AWFA certification, Personal clothing, some personal equipment like ground cloths, sleeping pads, bandanas, are helpful to bring but not required. Accommodations and transportation to course site.

This course is for people who are certified as a AWFA. The Bridge course is four days (36 hours) long and will upgrade your AWFA to a Wilderness First Responder. This course must be taken within three years of WAFA certification.



Wilderness EMS systems in New Hampshire in the early 1970s were severely lacking, inspiring husband and wife Frank Hubbell and Lee Frizzell to create one of the country’s first wilderness emergency medicine courses. As their dream and organization grew, they named it Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). The first official SOLO course, which would someday become the WFA course, was taught in 1977, in Hubbell’s parents’ living room. From these humble beginnings, thirty years later SOLO has expanded to a large full time medical educational institute, complete with dormitory and instructors around the country.