A practical hands-on course for responding to medical emergencies

Austere Emergency First Responder

July 31 – August 7, 2022

Do you know what to do in a medical emergency if you are hours away from a doctor?

Get training in the management of acute emergencies in austere, humanitarian, disaster, wilderness, technical rescue, or crisis settings!

Medical emergencies in remote locations can be challenging and life threatening, unless you are trained and prepared. This 8 day course is designed to give you the skills, confidence and judgement to deal with medical emergencies, as well as the knowledge on how to evacuate patients to appropriate medical care.

This course is ideal for adventure travelers, aid workers, remote professionals, and trip leaders who operate in low-resource, remote and other austere environments where definitive care may be severely delayed or inaccessible.

This course will certify you for both Austere Emergency First Responder (AFR) as well as Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

Course Fee: $650 US.  Includes lunch and coffee breaks.

Ready to sign up? ENROLL HERE 

Email us at [email protected] for more information.

Schedule and outline

The course will run 8:30am-6pm daily. We ask that you be on time and plan to stay for the whole day. Some days may run late or start slightly earlier if the instructor feels the need.

Day 1: General Principles, Vital Signs, Patient Assessment, BLS

Day 2: Patient Assessment (ctd), Anatomy & Physiology, Critical Systems Problems

Day 3: Lifting Moving & Extrication, The Spine Injured Patient, Litter Carries, Improvised Litters

Day 4: Musculoskeletal Injuries, Extremity Splinting, Dislocations, Simulation

Day 5: Allergy & Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Wounds & Burns, Exposure Illness & Injury

Day 6: Toxins & Envenomations, Arthropod Disease Vectors, Problems with Sugar, Submersion Injury, Electricity & Lightning Injury

Day 7: General Austere Medicine, Simulation

Day 8: Medical & Rescue Equipment, Humanitarian & Austere Considerations, Elective Topics, Final Exam

Additional Information

Location of the Course

You can find our location on google maps: ISDSI – International Sustainable Development Studies Institute – 47 ถนน โชตนา ตำบล ช้างเผือก Mueng, เชียงใหม่ 50300. We are located north of the old city just outside the superhighway.

Suggested Accommodation

In terms of accommodation, there are three very convenient places to stay right next to the training venue which can be booked using Agoda/booking.com etc. There are a few restaurants for breakfast/dinner and a nearby wet market which are in easy walking distance:

  • B2 Mountain Pano– Right next door to our office, mid-price. There are a few B2 locations, so make sure you book the Mountain Pano one.
  • Chotana Villa– Just down the street and across the street from our office. More upscale with a pool.
  • Chang Hotel-inexpensive option down the street from our office.

If you want to stay in another part of the city the city you can expect to spend 30-60baht each way for the local taxi or a Grab taxi to areas like Old City or Nimmanheiman Rd which have lots of accommodation and dining options.

What to Bring to the Course

  • 1-2 pairs of clothes that can get dirty and/or stained. These will be used during simulations/scenarios in which you will be the patient for other participants
  • A focused (and excited) mind! It is strongly suggested you be prepared to devote the full 8 days to this course and not have to focus on other responsibilities, a job, etc.

Certification Offered



$650 per person



ISDSI, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Email us at [email protected] to register!

Semester Deadlines

Fall Semester Deadline: March 15

Spring Semester Deadline: October 15

After the deadline we will accept students on a space available basis, so contact us at [email protected]

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