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// Remote Area and Wilderness Casualty Care (TM) Series: RAW Casualty Care (TM): Remote Area and Expedition First Aid








The R2Ri team members have been teaching Remote Area and Expedition First Aid for many years.

R2Ri is the only Wilderness Medical Society Affiliate headquartered in England and Wales and one of only two WMS Affiliates in the UK - the other being the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).

These 2 day (16 - 20 hour contact time) courses are suitable for members of expedition teams or support staff operating in remote areas.  

A note about expedition leaders:


We believe the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) Faculty of Pre Hospital care consensus on Wilderness medicine indicates clearly that those acting as expedition medics (usually the Expedition Leaders) require a higher level of course than a basic 2 day first aid course. The guidance refers to "Advanced First Aid" as a minimum -  with a minimum of 16 hours of essentials and 2-4 days on Wilderness Specific content depending on the level of risk for the expedition. See our blog commentary on the new guidance here. Given the content of the guidance, we consider a 7 day Remote Area and Wilderness First Responder course being an excellent choice for expedition leaders acting as medics in varied environments and undertaking a variety of activities. This also accords with the US view hat professional outdoor guides should have a WFR qualification. However, all staff or participants involved in remote area operations and expeditions should have suitable first aid knowledge to assist (or treat) the main expedition medic - which is where these courses come in. We offer more advanced courses for expedition leaders - see our Remote Medical Responder: A Wilderness First Responder course.

A comprehensive (yet rucksack friendly sized) remote area and expedition manual will be provided as part of the course cost.

These courses meet the requirements for many UK National Governing Bodies such as the MLTB, BMC, BASI, BCU and others.

Please note that these courses have a lot of lecture style presentations and information imparted to students. There will be lecture style session on the evening of the first day to allow suitable practical sessions to still take place.


The course covers:

  • First Aid Kits

  • Difference between Outdoor and Remote Area First Aid

  • Evacuation necessary ailments 

  • Communications 

  • Calling for help and what to say

  • Telemedicine

  • Handing over to rescue medical teams

  • Legal Considerations

  • Consent

  • Hygiene

  • Scene Safety

  • Incident history and Kinematics 

  • Basic Triage

  • Providing emotional support

  • Managing a casualty wearing outdoor clothing

  • Incident Management

  • Moving casualties

  • Primary and Secondary Survey

  • Taking a history and recording it

  • CPR including drowning

  • Basic Life Support

  • AED/Defibrillators - awareness

  • Spinal Injuries

  • Bleeding including catastrophic bleeding (tourniquets and haemostatic agents)

  • Fractures including splinting and pelvic injuries

  • Remote Area considerations for fractures

  • Sprains and strains

  • Burns

  • Diabetes

  • Chest Pain/angina

  • Heart Attacks

  • Strokes

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Hypothermia

  • Frostnip

  • Frostbite

  • Hyperthermia

  • Dehydration

  • Heat Exhaustion

  • Heat Stroke

  • Splinters

  • Seizures

  • Blisters

  • Tropical bites and stings from land and sea animals (including Snakes), the myths and truths surrounding antivenom.

  • Insect bites

  • Ticks bites

  • Food poisoning, water, hygiene and diarrhoea

  • Poisoning

  • Snow blindness and bright light injuries

  • Pain relief

  • Prolonged Field Care

  • Packaging and evacuation

  • Handover and human factors

  • Working with helicopters

  • Exercises and scenarios

For more advanced courses, please view our  Remote Area and Wilderness First Responder courses


These courses cost £120.00 a head. Group discounts apply for in house courses for groups of 10 or more. Courses can be delivered at your venue or suitable venues around the country by arrangement. Terms and Conditions apply.


"R2Ri trained myself and a Search and Rescue Team in remote area first aid, the instructors knowledge in the subject is extensive and the delivery of the course was fantastic".

"Compared to other courses I have attended, this course is really outstanding. The scenarios are quite realistic (I think) and I feel a lot more confident about my skills".

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