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In Memoriam Fred Spannaus

Posted July 27, 2015

Fred SpannausIt is with great sadness, that we note the passing of Fred Spannaus early Friday morning. Fred was a long time member of the Butternut Patrol Family, and was greatly respected throughout the Connecticut and Western Mass regions and Eastern Division. Fred taught many of us our medical training, either directly over his three decades of teaching at Butternut or indirectly as we continue to maintain the high standards he established so long ago. You can find his obituary here. We will pass along any additional information if available.


New WMR Officers

Posted July 23, 2015

Several new leadership appointments have been made in the WMR. To see the roster of all officers, click CONTACTS above or click here.


Region Welcomes 7 New OEC Technicians!

Posted July 21, 2015

OEC On July 11th this year’s Regional Outdoor Emergency Care Class ended at the Stockbridge Town Offices with the written and practical finals. Five students from the OEC Class and two challengers successfully completed the exams. Thanks to the help of 23 region instructors, the testing was completed by 1:30, with enough time left in the day for a post-exam briefing at Barrington Brewery.

Congratulations to all the candidates: Chuck Slocik (Bousquet), David Pollard, (Berkshire East), Doug Durante (Bousquet), Mathew Corrigan (Butternut), Mike Zollo (Butternut), Patrick Edmunds (Notchview Nordic), and Ryan Brown (Bousquet).


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.


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