Wildlands Restoration Volunteers

Volunteers with First Aid Training


To the extent possible, prevent injuries to participants in WRV projects. In the event of an injury or illness, administer appropriate emergency care within one’s own training.


Before the project: 

  • Provide copies of current certification cards to WRV staff (WFR, WEMT, OEC, and CPR or higher for Backcountry projects; First Aid, WFA or higher for Frontcountry projects)
  • Attend pre-project leadership meeting, if possible (via web conference)
  • Work with the project team to review site safety risks, discuss evacuation plan/concerns and review Technical Notes and Emergency Response Plan provided by WRV staff
  • Coordinate needed supplies with WRV staff – first aid kit/equipment, radios, applicable forms

During the project:

  • Know the contents of and carry first aid equipment on projects (WRV staff will provide a project Medic kit). Complete SOAP notes for all care given.
  • Be available by radio (provided by WRV) during project and after hours for overnight projects. Volunteers with First Aid Training are limited to 2 alcohol beverages during the after hours portion of overnight events and must remain sober to provide care.
  • Communicate with Project Leader and WRV staff during the event to reassess risks as conditions change. Communicate with Crew Leaders and Volunteers that you are a designated Volunteer with First Aid Training.
  • Provide emergency care to the level of training as needed on projects
  • Contact outside emergency response care, if needed

After the Project:

  • Assist WRV Staff in completing Incident Report Forms and return all equipment materials to staff in a timely manner.
  • Contribute to debrief sessions whenever possible.

Background or Qualifications

For Backcountry/wilderness projects, volunteers filling this safety role must have a current Wilderness First Responder or higher certification. For Frontcountry projects, volunteers must have a current First Aid and CPR certification or higher. The classification of Backcountry or Frontcountry project is made by WRV staff based on the criteria of the Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS.

Training and Preparation

Dependent upon project. The Volunteer with First Aid Training is briefed by the project team and may be involved in project planning.

Meetings and Site Visits

Before project, attend planning meetings and site visits, as needed, to fully understand the potential risks of the project. Before project, pick up first aid equipment, radios, medic IDs, applicable forms. After project, return equipment, fill out forms and attend project debrief session, as needed.


Project-by-project basis.


Reports to Project Leader. Works with WRV staff and Crew Leaders.

Measures of Success

Potential hazards are reduced if possible. Volunteers working on the project are informed of possible hazards in an effort to prevent injuries. In the event of an injury or illness, injured person is treated in the appropriate manner.