What is the national ski patrol?
The National Ski Patrol is a nonprofit organization, deriving its primary financial support from membership dues, donations, user fees and corporate sponsorship. The national office is located in Lakewood, Colorado, and is staffed with full-time employees to handle administrative duties.
The NSP is composed of 10 geographic and one professional division for paid patrollers. The organizations' members are engaged in patrol activity on the slopes and in the promotion of safety programs across the outdoor recreation community. Safe skiing and snowboarding attitudes are offered to the public continuously in a sincere effort to reduce accidents and make outdoor snowsports more enjoyable.
The NSP, in addition to its own ski safety programs, works closely with the United States Ski Team, National Ski Area Association, Ski Industries America, Professional Ski Instructors of America, US Ski Writers Association, US Forest Service, National Park Service, and other organizations and agencies in the promotion of skiing and ski safety. Movies, television, radio, brochures, lectures and ski area signage all devoted to ski safety have either been initiated by the NSP or cooperatively produced.
In 1980, the National Ski Patrol was recognized as a Federal Charter by the United States Congress. This is a coveted endorsement that only a few other American institutions, like the Red Cross, the YMCA, and the Boy Scouts, have earned. The Charter stipulates the promotion of safety and health in skiing and other outdoor winter recreational activities. The NSP annually reports directly to Congress.
How long has it been around?
The National Ski Patrol (NSP), founded in 1938 by Charles M. (Minnie) Dole, had followed its creed of "Service and Safety" since the establishment of skiing as a popular sport in the United States.
What does the national ski patrol do?
LOTS!!! In general the NSP is about safety. This takes several forms.
Why should Join National Ski Patrol?
Well, to start with it's a very rewarding activity. Most of your "customers" are really glad to see us! In addition you'll develop new skills, hone your skiing ability, be involved in a community service, and will be hanging around with a bunch of people who love to ski!
Is outdoor emergency care (oec) training the same as emt ?
The OEC program is a sequenced, competency-based education program taught at a similar level as the EMT-B course content. It prepares candidate patrollers and other outdoor rescuers without previous first aid or EMT training to handle the emergency care problems encountered in the non-urban setting. The knowledge and skills learned are oriented toward the wilderness environment, with special emphasis on ski and snowboard injuries, high-altitude and cold-weather illness, wilderness extrications, and the special equipment needed for emergency care and transportation in the outdoor environment.
What's Required to become a member?
You start by contacting the patrol at your favorite ski area. The first year you will start off as a candidate. The requirements are as follows:
Am i personally responsible for any emergency care I provide?
No matter what you do in life, you are responsible for your actions. The State of Minnesota, like many other states, has a Good Samaritan Law. Read it carefully! Minnesota State Statute 604A.01.