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Instructor Development Class Offered

Posted June 10, 2015

An Instructor Development class will be held during the evenings in Lenox, MA on June 18 and 22. Contact Chris Cruz (drchriscruz@gmail.com) for more details and to register for the class. Class size is limited.

OEC Refresher Workbook now Online

Posted June 9, 2015

OEC Refresher Workbook The 2015 OEC Refresher Workbook is now available to all NSP members as a PDF download. Here's how:

1. First, log into your NSP account at nsp.org.
2. Under Quick Links, click Member Resources.
3. Point the cursor to Education Resources and select OEC Resources.

If you need help, e-mail your webmaster, wwschweik@yahoo.com

Linda Clifford new OEC Administrator

Posted June 9, 2015

Linda Clifford has accepted the position of OEC Administrator for the Western Massachusetts Region, succeeding Gerry Pollard. Congratulations, Linda, and thanks to Gerry for his dedicated service.

Mountain Bike Patrollers Needed

Posted May 28, 2015

Mountain Bike Patrollers You've seen this photo on the NSP Home Page and read the article, "Four-Season Patrolling" in the latest Ski Patrol Magazine. Now you can be a bike patroller. Thunder Mountain Bike Park at Berkshire East in Charlemont MA is looking for qualified patrollers to cover the operating season. Interested folks should email Harold Green at harold.f.green@gmail.com

Scott Rockefeller Receives Meritorious Service Award

Posted May 28, 2015

Scott Rockefeller On April 25th at the Eastern Division Spring Officers' Meeting Scott Rockefeller received the NSP Meritorious Service Award. Honored for his 9 years of service as the Eastern Division OEC Assistant Supervisor, he was nominated by his supervisor as he stepped away from this position. Scott is as well known outside our region as he is inside. His reputation as the master of moulage, for creating authentic scenarios, as the go-to person for OEC questions, and his propensity for quality control is known all over the northeast. Nationally, Scott serves in an advisory capacity for the Senior Scenario Committee along with other OEC committees. He also spent many, many hours as part of the editing staff for the 5th edition of the OEC manual. He's been for many years and will continue to be our Western Mass OEC expert. Western Mass congratulates Scott on this highly deserved award and looks forward to many more years of working together. Scott is truly one of the gems of our region. Photo shows Scott with Paula Knight, Eastern Division OEC Supervisor.

Medical Reserve Corps

Posted May 27, 2015

Medical Reserve Corps The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteer medical professionals and trained responders, organized locally to improve disaster and emergency preparedness in their communities. The Summer 2015 issue of Ski Patrol Magazine mentions (page 14) that MRC now recognizes NSP OEC certification. Read more at the MRC Home page.

AMN Returns to Northfield Mountain

Posted April 27, 2015

Eastern Division Logo For the sixth time in nine years, Eastern Division Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic instructors will convene at Northfield Mountain in Massachusetts for a weekend of seminars and skills refreshers. The date is Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2015.

Read about last year's activity here and the 2011 event featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Ski Patrol magazine. Keep up to date on the weekend's program by visiting the AMN15 website.

2015 Senior OEC Program

Posted April 11, 2015


On April 4 we conducted the Senior OEC Evaluation at Butternut. There were two candidates – Zach Taylor, a senior from West Point, and Katie Sebben, a high school senior from Butternut; both were successful. Katie also obtained full Senior status in completing this evaluation. We wish success to Zach on his upcoming assignment in Alaska and to Katie who will pursue a college degree in the medical field. A special thank-you to Karen Kelley, a Butternut Senior Patroller who volunteered as the third helper in their rotation; to Butternut for hosting the event; and to everyone who volunteered their time to make the morning flow smoothly and the evaluation a success!

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