Outdoor Emergency Care
The NSP Outdoor Emergency Care Program is a flagship nationally recognized program. This is a first responder course and is the basis of the medical care we provide, whether it is in a snowsports environment, biking, rafting or any outdoor setting.
While we all teach to a common curriculum with the same written and skills evaluations throughout the entire NSP system, each patrol has total freedom to design and deliver the course to best meet the needs of the individual patrol and patrol candidates. Most of the patrols now utilize a mix of online/distance learning and in-person skills training. Regardless of the specific course, this demands a lot of studying and practice. OEC is positioned to be between EMR and EMT (although much closer to EMT) training. Reach out to any of our patrols for more details on course dates, and instructional methodologies utilized.
For an interesting video on what our OEC courses may look like in these times of Social Distancing click here.
OEC for EMTs and Paramedics
Current EMTs, advanced EMTs, and paramedics now have a fast-track to receiving an OEC technician card and joining NSP: patrollers and candidates who are also a current EMT, advanced EMT, or paramedic may receive an OEC technician card by passing the Modified Challenge course, which is comprised of the practical portion of the OEC exam. This course is available to be registered now and costs $60. If you wish to learn more about this option, please contact your patrol to find courses in your area.
Outdoor First Care (OFC)
Outdoor First Care is a first aid course taught primarily to personnel at ski resorts and to other individuals who need a basic/introductory first aid course meeting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for workplace first aid. It is designed primarily for use in the NSP Mountain Host program, and is now available for other purposes as well.
OFC teaches students how to recognize patient problems, manage life threats, conduct basic skills and call for help. The OFC provider may assist the patroller or higher medical provider as directed or allowed by area management.
OEC Enhancement Clinics
We run two clinics early in the season. You can sign up for either one, or both. These clinics are a great way to hone your skills in a small, hands-on clinic. Regardless of your experience level, you are bound to come away with a new technique or two. While we highly recommend current or potential Senior candidates attend these clinics, it is open to any OEC Technician, even those who are preparing for their Candidate OEC evaluations. We tailor the clinics to the needs of those who attend.
Attending both clinics will earn you one elective towards the Senior Program.
OEC Module of the Senior Program
The OEC Module of the Senior Program focuses on leadership, problem management and decision-making, utilizing the standards n the current OEC manual. Senior certification is a recognition of having successfully completed this leadership course and is not a higher standard of OEC skills. The attainment of these skills promotes confidence in managing more complex first aid scenarios involving multiple injuries and patients.
Training is done in the outdoor environment on snow, and involves participating in scenarios as a leader and helper. Instructors who are Senior OEC Trainer/Evaluators (TEs) develop the scenarios to cover all aspects of Outdoor Emergency Care, and provide feedback during training sessions.
Senior Candidates are required to successfully lead at least four scenario problems during the training sessions. Candidates are also required to review and develop written treatment plans for two scenarios from the Patroller's Manual, and write an original Senior-level scenario.
The final evaluation for the OEC module is given at the conclusion of the course. This is conducted on the snow and on typical mountain terrain.
The best part of the program is the confidence you gain simply by participating, but moreover, the lifelong friendships you forge as you participate in a challenging program.
Pre-requisite: You must be a current patroller in good standing with your Patrol Director's endorsement.
More information is available at the NSP Eastern Region Website
For guidance in administering OEC Courses during the COVID-19 Pandemic: