Outdoor Emergency Care
Outdoor Emergency Care® is the award-winning program of the National Ski Patrol for patrollers and others in the recreation community who deal with emergency situations. This nationally recognized program is designed to help you manage the toughest emergencies, in all seasons. Developed in the late 1980s for the 30,000 members of the National Ski Patrol, Outdoor Emergency Care is a training program that is tailored to the non-urban rescuer. Over the years, OEC has evolved to address the needs of other outdoor-based emergency care providers too, including wilderness medical technicians, river rafting, mountaineering guides, members of search and rescue groups, mountain bike patrollers, and parks and recreation employees. Today, OEC is considered the standard of training for emergency care in the outdoor environment and is recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states.
Eastern Division supervises the program and helps each individual region administrate its operation. Outdoor Emergency Car is known as OEC by the membership. The program’s primary mission is to manage the certification of OEC Instructors, the Instructor Trainers who manage quality assurance, and assist the Regions in their management of OEC at the local ski patrol unit level.
Eastern Divisions operation is made up of the OEC Supervisor and six Assistant Supervisors who maintain oversight and consulting services to their respective Regions spread out throughout the northeastern US. Reaching out to either the Supervisor or your assigned Regional Assistant Supervisor can be found on the OEC Contacts page.
Although the division’s OEC Program holds events all over the northeast, these are typically created for Regional OEC staff members. The OEC Events page on Patroller School typically refers to the annual Spring OEC Conference that is held annually in Albany, NY. Other special events are occasionally presented and can be found listed on the division’s Patroller School website. For a larger list of OEC Events please consult your local REGIONS website.