Professional. Passionate. Proud.
More than just a motto, it is something we should strive to embody every time we put on the red jacket.
But what does it really mean for you?
To be a professional you need to act (and train) like a professional. Training and re-certifying needs to be an ongoing, continuous process, not a one-time annual (or tri-annual) event. By making training and development a part of our daily patrol routine (just like sweep) we continuously practice, polish and perfect our skills.
Let’s talk about how we get there.
In Advanced First Aid (AFA)… we ensure our professionalism with our Core Skills (Yellow Cards). We have about 35 skills that take roughly four hours to complete over the course of a patrol season. For most patrollers, this represents about 5% of their patrol duty day commitment, less time away from skiing/riding and patrol duties than their coffee or lunch breaks. Each patroller is expected to personally perform and be evaluated on each ski by an AFA instructor by May 31st 2019. It’s our goal to avoid the need for Yellow Card courses after this date.
Advantage it provides:
- Spreading out training and sign-off starting with Walk the Hill Days, means less effort and stress at the fall recertification courses.
- Scenario-based skill sessions are more realistic and can be done on-snow, in strategic locations that give patrollers the flexibility to respond to an incident in needed
- Additional focus on high priority skills (e.g. patient assessment, backboards) or those that are infrequently used
- Teamwork and essential communication are reinforced
In On Snow Rescue (OSR)… we ensure our professionalism with our 3×3 Toboggan Runs. These runs are designed to ensure our on-snow toboggan handling skills are constantly being refined and refreshed, and to ensure we can safely transport patients from an incident site to the First Aid station. Patrollers should be able to perform a successful toboggan run on any terrain at the resort/club or if not, be working to develop their skills to achieve that goal over a reasonable timeframe. Ideally each run will be observed by an OSR instructor (who provides feedback and suggestions for improvement) although that may not be practical at some patrols. At a minimum, each patroller is expected to have one unloaded and one loaded toboggan run observed by an OSR instructor.
Advantage it provides:
- Patrollers keep their skills fresh
- OSR recertification is streamlined and less stressful
- Patrols can take advantage of resort/club specific routines such as race duty, morning/closing sweep, etc. to achieve their training objectives more efficiently
- Prevents uncertainty and risk on the first toboggan run of the season with a real patient
- Can add challenge and interest for more expert patrollers by select specific terrain or add routing features