A practical hands-on course for responding to medical emergencies

Travel Medicine First Responder/Wilderness First Responder

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

Medical emergencies in remote locations can be challenging and life threatening, unless you are trained and prepared. This 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.

Lodestone Safety International and Wilderness Medical Associates International have taken the industry standard Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course and created a course specifically for people traveling, leading groups and working in developing countries, Travel Medicine First Responder. If you are responsible for your team members, students or your family, and live and work in a developing country or routinely travel in remote locations, this course will equip you to professionally deal with and respond to medical emergencies.

The 8 day course covers dealing with injury, illness, accidents, allergic reactions, as well as appropriate treatment with limited resources, how and when to evacuate a patient to definitive medical care, and other issues. Concerns for people living and working in developing countries will be specifically addressed, including how to assess and choose medical providers in unfamiliar contexts, etc.

Email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or just need to re-cert your WFR.

Course Fee: $950 US. Discounted if taken in combination with our Emotional First Aid (EFA) and/or Risk Management Training (RMT) courses.

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Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions about registration and payment.  Please bring a printed copy of your receipt to the course. Course fees cover the course and lunch, you are responsible for your own travel and housing.

Topics covered

General Principles of remote medical care

Patient Assessment System (PAS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) Skills – Assessment, CPR, Airways, Controlling bleeding, etc.

Secondary Survey Skills

Circulatory System

Respiratory System


Nervous System


Travel Med: Prevention

Musculoskeletal: Pelvis/Femur, Splinting


Wounds & Burns

Spinal Assessment

Lifting, Moving, Extrication

Travel Med: Response (Med Resources & Decision Making)

Travel Med: Avoidance (Pathways of Disease)

Vector Bourne Diseases


Improvised litters

Allergy and Anaphylaxis

Toxins, Bites & Stings (International)

Travelers Diarrhea

Advanced First Aid Kits & Remote Medical Oversight






Legal Issues

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:

  • Chang Hotel-inexpensive option down the street from our office.
  • 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.

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.

Course Schedule

The course will run 9am-5pm daily. We ask that you be on time and plan to stay for the whole day. The WFR and TMFR curriculum will be thread together throughout the course to keep your interest. Some days may run late or start slightly earlier if the instructor feels the need. There will be a final exam on August 12th that you will need pass in order to obtain WFR/TFR certification. Lunch will be provided.

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.

Travel Medicine First Responder

Readings from CDC Yellow Book













Certification Offered



$950 per person

$400 for recertification


ISDSI, Chiang Mai, Thailand


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Semester Deadlines

If you are interested in Spring 2022, you can apply now.

Spring Semester 2022 application deadline: October 15

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