Rescue Expedition & Disaster Medicine Course

The RED MED course is designed to provide current healthcare professionals with a knowledge framework and experience to prepare for RED MED operations and to safely integrate into any Rescue, Expedition or Disaster management team. This course is ideal for healthcare professionals who are currently working in or striving to work with Rescue, Expedition and Disaster Response Teams in wilderness and austere environments.

The course reviews the fundamentals of risk management, personal preparation and operational planning, along with a review of specific illnesses and injuries often seen in remote and austere environments. The course includes the following topics through a pre-course distance review of the didactic material, onsite lectures, table top exercises, and real-world scenarios in context.


  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Documentation
  • Risk Management
  • Personal planning and preparation
  • Helicopter safety
  • Helicopter short haul
  • Communications
  • Telemedicine
  • Equipment selection
  • Security
  • Hierarchy of rescue
  • Search & rescue operations
  • Infectious disease
  • Disaster response & management
  • Point of care ultrasound
  • Active shooter incidents
  • Altitude illness, bites and stings, cold injury, bleeding control, heat illness

Throughout the course participants will be actively involved in simulated search and rescue scenarios, operational planning, improvised and prolonged field care and evacuations in mountain environments.

  • Learn the latest practical hands-on wilderness medical skills for patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation.
  • Learn the essential preparatory and safety information to integrate into and operate with a rescue, expedition or disaster response team
  • Practice your skills in live scenarios
  • Current WMS FAWM candidates will be eligible to receive FAWM credits

The Manual

Subject Matter Expert & Instructor

Chris Gibson CCEMT-P FAWM

Chris Gibson is a critical care flight paramedic, a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine and the Founder of SOS Medical Services. A former British Soldier with operational experience in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Chris is an NAEMT Affiliate Faculty member for the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Programmes.

Chris is a mountain leader, arctic survival trained and has summited Mt Aconcagua in Argentina (6,962 m/22,840 ft) and worked as an expedition medic in the Atacama Desert and on Mount Ojos del Salado (6,893m/22,615 ft) in Chile.

As a passionate wilderness instructor, he has taught Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) and Wilderness First Aid & WEMT courses in the jungles and mountains of Guatemala, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Nicaragua and Honduras.

A certified Oil and Gas Offshore medic, Chris has provided primary care, emergency care and prolonged field care for rig staff, soldiers and refugees alike across Iraq and Kurdistan. He has supported humanitarian operations in the Balkans and Kurdistan, a Non- Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) in West Africa and USAR disaster response teams following natural disasters in Guatemala. Chris is a frequent presenter at EMS conferences and continues his paramedic practice in austere environments, most recently in Afghanistan.

Co-founder of Guatemala’s first helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS), Chris continues to work in HEMS, provide wilderness and disaster medical education across the region and regularly coordinates medial missions for underserved tropical communities.