Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
Some, but your EMR is more comprehensive in terms of anatomy and treatment. The main difference is in learning what constitutes the scope of practice with respect to "wilderness setting" as defined as two hours from ALS. As an example, you can do a spinal clear in the field in a wilderness setting. You also cease CPR after 30 min in a wilderness setting, where in an urban environment, it's until ALS arrives.
The WFR (80 hour) also deals with rescue and evac techniques that are unique to wilderness settings, so how to use sleeping bags, pads, poles, axes, skis, etc as first aid materials. Dealing with hypothermia is a big WFR topic.
If you take EMR and then WFR, you're going to be repeating a lot of stuff, but the last 20hrs or so will be quite interesting. Many go the other route. If you're thinking of taking WFR, contact some providers and let them know you have EMR and ask if they have the WFR-upgrade or something similar that would save you some dough and repeating of information. I originally did my WFA-40hour and then took the WFR upgrade which was another 40 hours.