The Fairbanks Nordic Ski Patrol is seeking Nordic skiers for volunteer patrolling during the 2016-17 NSCF competition season at Birch Hill Recreation Center.  

The Fairbanks Nordic Ski Patrol (FNSP) is a member of the National Ski Patrol organization and partners with NSCF in providing emergency care during club-sponsored competitive events at Birch Hill.  No skiing ability is necessary for patrolling, though familiarization with race venues and both FNSP/NSCF protocols are very important. 

To be a member of the ski patrol you need to take Outdoor Emergency Care, a certification class offered through local NSP instructors. No medical knowledge is necessary for attendance. The class begins November 26. The online, self-driven course is about 12 weeks long, with weekly hands-on skill sessions held at local alpine ski venues (Moose Mt and Skiland).  Course completion is tentatively scheduled for the end of February 2017. Fees include NSP membership dues ($75), OEC Book, tuition and supplies ($175) for a total of $250. The course is a NSP-specific, EMT Level 1 equivalent course, and those people already certified and involved in emergency rescue in the outdoors can challenge the course and test-out, if their training background seems to be sufficient.  

Please consider this opportunity to serve the NSCF and ski community and contact the patrol director, Nancy Hanneman, (akplacer [at] alaska.net) with any questions.