September 25, 2011

FEMA Online Course: Introduction to the Incident Command System

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers many independent-study, online courses, some of which are appropriate for patrollers. Jonathan Shefftz's   Avalanche and MTR1 courses require completion of FEMA's Introduction to the Incident Command System as a prerequisite to course admission.

Following is FEMA's course description:

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Primary Audience:
Persons involved with emergency planning, response or recovery efforts.
Course Length:
Approximately 3 hours.


Winter Sciences and Survival Seminar

The Winter Sciences and Survival Seminar for Avalanche, Mountain Travel & Rescue, and Nordic patrollers from the National Ski Patrol's Eastern, Southern, and European Divisions will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the U.S. Army's West Point Ski Lodge.

Authoritative speakers will address relevant issues in snow science, avalanches, and winter survival. Program, banquet, and housing plans are still being developed. The draft announcement is online. Check back here as the weekend plans are finalized.

View the online event program.

Download the Announcement, Information Sheet and Registration Form. For questions, e-mail Scott Campbell at to get a registration packet, or call him at (703) 241-2640 (home) anytime. Please put “WSS Seminar” on the subject line of the email.

Driving Directions
Map and other information are now online.

All attendees who have a current NSP registration card will be eligible for a free lift pass Sunday at Belleayre Mountain.

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September 22, 2011

2011 AMN Group Photo

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September 12, 2011

Princeton Tec Spectrum

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Princeton Tec is about to announce its new Spectrum headlamp customization program. Using a new website, you will be guided step-by-step through the process of customizing the colors of each headlamp component to match patrol colors or to enhance visibility.

This program is expected to be available sometime in September.

Princeton Tec is a sponsor of the Eastern Division's AMN Seminar.

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September 07, 2011

National Avalanche School

The National Avalanche Foundation will hold the 22nd annual National Avalanche School at Snowbird Resort in Utah. This is the oldest and most acclaimed avalanche training program for snow safety professionals. The National Avalanche School offers comprehensive professional avalanche training for ski patrollers, avalanche forecasters and control specialists, mountain managers, as well as Forest Service, National Park Service and other land management personnel.

22nd National Avalanche School
October 23-27, 2011
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, UT
Contact: Jennifer Ament, National Ski Areas Association

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