News and Information
Mountain Bike Patrollers NeededPosted May 28, 2015
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 email@example.com
Scott Rockefeller Receives Meritorious Service AwardPosted May 28, 2015
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 CorpsPosted May 27, 2015
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 MountainPosted April 27, 2015
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.
2015 Senior OEC ProgramPosted 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!
OEC for CandidatesPosted March 6, 2015
From Gerry Pollard: "I know the season is still going strong and spring seems like a long way away but now is a good time to talk to prospective candidates and let them know the Region will be holding an OEC course as well as a challenge exam this spring. The details are still yet to be determined and much of the scheduling will be based on where the candidates live and what their availability will be during the spring and early summer. We have been starting these classes soon after the ski season ends in WMass. and typically finish up in early July and plan on a similar schedule this year. The course length may vary but candidates should expect at least 100 hours of classroom /practical time and plan on doing the reading and workbook on their own time.
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