The phrase wilderness EMT is actually a bit misleading in most cases. There are several providers who offer certification as a wilderness first responder, or WFR. These courses are generally 60 to 80 hours in length and are intended to provide civilian responders with critical BLS and patient stabilization skills that can be utilized in remote situations in which emergency response units may not be available or in outdoor environments which offer challenging and uncertain hazards. These courses are intended to prepare the non-professional responder with the ability to stabilize a patient until they can receive more advanced emergency medical care.In recent years, some of these providers have developed unique hybrid programs which actually offer a fully accredited EMT training curriculum and concurrently provide candidates with the unique skills which are honed through attending a wilderness medicine course. Upon completion of one of these hybrid WEMT courses, the candidate will be able to apply for both NREMT or similar state certification as an EMT-Basic and also for certification as a wilderness emergency medical responder.