Thank you for your interest in joining the MWVSP. Our patrol is very unique because of the environment we operate in and therefore we only recruit candidates with previous patrolling experience, advanced medical training, or previous mountaineering/guiding experience. We also have non-NSP members that are experienced in the medical field (doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc.) and in backcountry rescue. If you meet these requirements and are interested in joining our patrol, contact MWVSP patrol director (PD).
The MWVSP patrol requirements are as follows:
NSP (National Ski Patrol) OEC, EMT, Paramedic, PA, Doctor, Nurse, or equivalent as determined by PD (Patrol Director). All certifications must be active and current to provide first aid on behalf of USFS and MWVSP.
CPR (Professional Rescuer)
Annual recertification required by NSP for NSP members; annual recertification also required for all MWVSP personnel (regardless of card expiration data)
Avalanche 1 Training
All patrollers are required to have taken a level 1 registered avalanche course no later than by the start of their first year of MWVSP patrolling after candidate year. Accepted classes are registered by NSP, AIARE, AAA , or as otherwise approved in advance by PD.
Advanced Avalanche Training Skills
Level 2 or equivalent training and/or commensurate field experience working in avalanche terrain.
Advanced Mountaineering Skills
Advanced training in outdoor skills including technical rescue, guiding, wilderness survival, etc.
Five years minimum as active patroller or wilderness rescue personnel, with exceptional communication skills and scene management experience.