Aerie Backcountry Medicine

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Course Information:

Wilderness EMT & Red Card

Missoula, MT

Jun 2, 2025 - Jul 1, 2025


Course Details:

Wilderness EMTs take foundational EMT skills into austere locations, with hazardous environments and limited resources. Wilderness EMTs are taught to adapt to these challenges with numerous extensive, realistic scenarios and case studies. Click here for more information. Upon successful completion of course requirements, students are eligible for the National Registry EMT and the State of Montana EMT certifications. This WEMT is offered for 3 University of Montana credits, ECP 331, for an additional fee ($155), paid directly to the University of Montana. 

SCHEDULE: Class will be held from 8am-6pm each weekday. Although class is not held over the weekend, students may be assigned clinical observation time at a local hospital. A weekend days or nights will be used to complete clinical time. These will be scheduled shortly before the course begins.

COST: $3,500. Includes all course materials and fees for the practical exam. Room and board are not included or provided. A deposit of $1000 is due at the time of registration.

Additional costs may include registration for the NREMT and testing. 

LOCATION: Missoula College, Missoula, MT

You can use alternate sources of funding such as AmeriCorps or G.I. Bill® and we do offer payment plans. Room and board are not provided or included in the course cost.

TEXTBOOK: Students are required to purchase the EMT textbook used for this course. It can be new, used, PDF or rented and the accompanying workbook is up to you but is not required by Aerie Backcountry Medicine 

Red Card:
Aerie Backcountry Medicine offers a Red Card course to EMTs, AEMTs, and Paramedics who desire to be deployed as a medical resource on a wildland fire incident.  The Red Card, officially called an Incident Qualification Card, is an accepted interagency certification that a person is qualified to do the required job when arriving on an incident.

Red Card Details:
This course is designed to prepare you to operate as a Fireline EMT / Paramedic. The Fireline EMS positions are unique entry-level positions in the wildland fire service that are often asked to operate more independently than most entry-level fire positions. We acknowledge the unique risk this poses if you were to be contracted onto a fire, and so we have built a course to exceed national standards.

This course is completed over the duration of two in-person training days.  One day is largely classroom, discussion, and case-study based.  The other day is field based, where participants complete an arduous pack test (see below), fire shelter deployments and other fieldwork.

The in-person days may only be completed if the prerequisite online work is completed and submitted before the first day of in-person training.

To facilitate a more in-depth classroom/field training session, we require the following online training to be completed before the in-person training days:

• Introduction to ICS (IS-100)
• NIMS: An Introduction (IS-700)
• Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service (L-180)
• Firefighter Training (S-130)
• Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190)

These courses are free and available online.  Once enrolled in Aerie’s Red Card Course, you will be given a how-to document about accessing these courses.

Arduous Pack Test:
This course includes a test to show each firefighter is able to perform arduous duty. That is a 3-mile walk with a 45-pound pack completed in or under 45 minutes.

More information with all the course details will be emailed to every student before the course begins. Please be sure that your email is current and working. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Aerie Backcountry Medicine at 

(406) 542 - 9972 or email us at

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