Senior OEC looking for HELP

Senior OEC is looking for HELP:  The program is preparing for the 2017 Senior OEC Emergency Medical Management EXAM on Sunday March 12th at Pat’s Peak.  The test is a logistical orchestration of volunteers that gather once per year to setup three Senior level OEC Stations.  We are asking for VOLUNTEERS who can act as patients and for SENIOR level patrollers to act as qualified patroller helpers. The event starts early in the morning and should be over by 1:00 PM for the volunteers. If you can help, please email the Senior OEC Program Advisor at this link…

2015 Kick-Off for the Senior Program

The National Ski Patrol Senior Program is a national education opportunity that is offered at the region level.  The Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Senior component allows candidates opportunities to further develop and enhance skills in the areas of leadership, decision making, and problem management of complex emergency care situations that may be encountered in a ski patrol environment.  The Senior Ski and Toboggan program allows candidates opportunities to further develop and enhance advanced skills in the areas of toboggan handling and skiing, or snowboarding, on the most challenging terrain in the Region.

Successful completion of the Senior S&T component, which is now known as Outdoor Emergency Transportation (OET), requires attending Senior level clinics where Division certified Trainer’s help candidates develop their own self-paced training progression to understand and achieve the Senior skill level.

Attainment of the OEC component requires completion of three phases, training clinics, written exercises and a final on-hill evaluation.  The program is designed to both develop and challenge candidates’ skills in managing complex multiple injury and multiple patient situations that they can expect to encounter as ski patrollers.  Candidates will develop their skills not only as OEC technicians, but also as leaders, problem solvers and emergency scene managers.

Both of these programs are fun, challenging and educational.  Please join us in an introductory meeting on Senior Program Kick-off Meeting.  If you plan to attend, please register for the activity by clicking on this link.

Both programs offer a calendar of more than 10 training opportunities which can be found on the NH Region’s monthly calendar page.  You can also browse though the individual program events by following these links:

NH Region Senior Ski & Toboggan Events

NH Region Senior Outdoor Emergency Care Events

Monthly Calendar

Training clinics and events are typically posted on the Region Calendar by December 1st.

Senior OEC Candidates visit Proctor Ski Area for the final Clinic

Larry Ballen PD greets Dan Rodgers and the candidates (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Larry Ballen PD greets Dan Rodgers and the candidates (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

On Saturday February 21, 2015, NH’s Senior Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Candidates attended the last “On-Snow Scenario-Based Clinics” of the season.  The event was hosted by Proctor Ski Area in Andover, NH as an opportunity for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the mountain.  On March 8th, 2015 Proctor Ski Area is the host mountain for this season’s final Senior OEC Exam.

Proctor's Lodge (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Proctor’s Lodge (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Proctor Ski Area from the lodge (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Proctor Ski Area from the lodge (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Looking down ar Andover, NH from the top (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Looking down on Andover, NH from the top (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

The candidate crew preparing for another scenario (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

The candidate crew preparing for another scenario (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Practicing on the main slope (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Practicing on the main slope (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Candidates practicing (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Candidates practicing (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Spine board application (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Spine board application (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

TE Ed Sargent evaluating an unconscious patient scenario (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

TE Ed Sargent evaluating an unconscious patient scenario (Photo by Brian Rousseau)

Proctor Ski Area is a small private mountain operated by the Proctor Academy, a private 166 year old boarding high school nestled into the center of Andover, NH.  As a member mountain of NSP, Proctor maintains a student based ski patrol which participates in the region’s Young Adult Program.

Larry Ballen, the ski area’s Patrol Director and General Manager greeted us at the lodge.  Showed us around the mountain, helped us with our toboggans and gear and turned us loose to practice scenario problems for the day.  We had bright sunny, yet cold weather, with calm winds.  The sun shine helped maintain spirits throughout the day.  Occasionally we retreated into the lodge to warm-up and discuss Senior test problems encountered during practice.  Since this was the last official Senior Clinic on the calendar, many candidates were eager to score their last scenario signatures, before turning their written exam paperwork into Dan Rodgers, the Region’s Senior OEC Advisor.

New Hampshire Region offered its Senior Candidates a wide variety of educational training courses during the 2015 winter season.  Six full day, “on-snow” Clinics were held at the mountains that reported Senior Candidates:  Ragged Mountain, Crotchet and Pat’s Peak.  Three additional night skiing clinic were held this season at McIntyre, Pat’s Peak and Crotchet.  In addition to the traditional on-snow scenario practice clinics, NH Region held a two-hour classroom based “Senior OEC Pre-Course,” that presented candidates with optimum methods of self preparation for the training process that the winter season entailed.

Along the way, NH Region Senior OEC Staff held evening indoor coaching sessions where candidates could work on techniques under the watchful eye of Staff Trainers who could provide immediate coaching inputs to help student develop better Senior techniques for Assessment, Problem Solving, Decision Making and Management.  These four items make-up the primary grading criteria for becoming a Senior Patroller, because the Senior OEC exam is about emergency medical management rather then just OEC skills.

Thank you Proctor Academy for hosting two Senior OEC events, and good luck to all the Senior Candidates that trained so hard.  The Region Staff enjoyed working with you all!  Thank you Brian Rousseau for shooting the photos for this article.

OEC Module of the Senior Program Clinics are on the Calendar

NH Region’s Senior Program is revving up training clinics around the state.  Check out the Programs section for details about becoming a Senior.  Check out the Senior OEC Events page to see the clinic offerings.

The OEC component of the senior program is a national education opportunity that is offered at the region level. This OEC component allows candidates opportunities to further develop and enhance skills in the areas of leadership, decision making, and problem management of complex emergency care situations that may be encountered in a ski patrol environment. The OEC component, together with the Senior Ski and Toboggan program and elective course requirements is one of the key components in attaining the NSP Senior Alpine designation.

Attainment of the OEC component requires completion of three phases, training clinics, written exercises and a final on-hill evaluation. The program is designed to both develop and challenge candidates’ skills in managing complex multiple injury and multiple patient situations that they can expect to encounter as ski patrollers. Candidates will develop their skills not only as OEC technicians, but also as leaders, problem solvers and emergency scene managers.

The training clinics are a significant and important part of the program. While the clinics are structured to help candidates prepare for a successful final evaluation, they serve a more important objective. During clinics, candidates will be presented with realistic emergency scenarios that are complex in nature and require sound leadership, management and problem solving skills. During clinic scenarios, candidates generally work in teams of three patrollers, one of whom serves as the team leader.

The scenarios will be designed to enhance and develop the management skills of the team leader.  It is a constructive process that sharpens the candidates’ skills and confidence, enabling solid reliable performance in complex and normally stressful emergency care situations. Each candidate needs to successfully perform as a leader in four clinic scenarios under the guidance of an OEC Trainer Evaluator to be eligible for the final evaluation. Candidates are encouraged to attend several clinics, where they will have the opportunity to learn from one another as well as experienced trainers.

Under the written component of the program, each candidate is required to write essay answers to two scenario problems and write one new senior level OEC scenario problem. The goal of this requirement is to help candidates become more familiar with elements that need to be considered in performing the leadership and management role.

With commitment to the training clinics, a positive and confident attitude, candidates will be well prepared for success during the final evaluation. The final evaluation day is a busy one. It will take place on the mountain, on difficult terrain that may present challenges. Candidates will work in teams of three, and each team will work through nine scenarios. Each team member will perform as a leader in three scenarios, and candidates are only evaluated in scenarios were they are in the leadership role. The day will start with each team member having the opportunity to lead on one of three practice scenarios. The evaluators will review the results of each practice scenario with the candidates, but these scores will not be counted. This is a warm up to help the candidates relax. After the warm up, each candidate will perform and be evaluated in two scenarios as a leader.

NH Region’s Senior OEC Staff works hard to deliver fun, challenging and educational programs.  Enjoy the program, and best of luck during the entire program.

Senior S&T and OEC Candidates Introductory Meeting

National Ski Patrol’s Senior Program is designed for members who aspire to perform at the upper levels of skiing/snowboarding, emergency care proficiency, toboggan handling and other skills used while patrolling. In addition, the program prepares patrollers for leadership roles within the NSP.  Seniors no longer need to complete both S&T and OEC to achieve the Senior designation.  Only Senior OEC is required.

The Senior OEC Program is a national education opportunity that allows members to participate in ski patrol-relevant exercises that are designed to develop and enhance the skills of decision making, problem management, and leadership as applied to the management of emergency care situations in a typical ski patrol environment. The purpose is to build on but not duplicate the Outdoor Emergency Care Program.

The Ski and Toboggan program is a Region wide educational training program that helps NSP members develop higher levels of skiing, snowboarding and rescue toboggan handling skills to aid in the performance of their duties.

If you are interested in participating in either or both of these programs during the 2014/2015 ski season, or sometime in the future, please join us at an orientation meeting to be held at the McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, NH on Friday November 14 at 6:30 PM. Follow this link for more details. . .

At the meeting, Ted Fitzgerald and Dan Rodgers, the region administrators for Senior S&T and Senior OEC, will review the program requirements, evaluation processes, provide suggestions for success, and answer any questions that you might have.

Ted and Dan look forward to meeting you, answering questions, with the hope of convincing you to join the training program this season. Please follow this link and fill out the short registration form.  This way we can anticipate who in interested.  Fill out the form even if you can not make it and we will add your name and email to our list of interested patrollers.  Most patrollers train for their Senior  over several ski ski seasons.  Register your interest and we will reach out to you by email.

Or email Ted Fitzgerald, Senior S&T and Dan Rodgers, Senior OEC. . .

Or leave a comment or question below. . .

SR. OEC Clinic Season Starts December 22, 2013 at McIntyre

The ski season is in full action and now is the time to give some thought as to whether you are going to start or finish working for your Senior classification.   Be it, that you have finished your Sr. S&T portion or your Sr. OEC portion, it time to register for the other portion.  Remember also, that three electives need to accompany these qualification in order to complete your Senior Program.

Since you are on the website, click Programs, Sr. Outdoor Emergency Care, Sr. OEC Introduction, the information about the program is there and the forms which need to be filled out are also a click away on this web page.

The Sr. OEC staff  are looking forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions, drop us an email at gerrynsp@earthlink.net.  Pre-registration for the clinic is recommended.  Clinic dates are posted on the Senior OEC Event page and on the Monthly Calendar.  The final evaluation is scheduled for March 9th, 2014.

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