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Do ski/snow resorts hire their own EMTs?

Discussion in 'EMS Talk' started by train54, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. train54

    train54 New Member

    Location:
    Santa Monica, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I think it would be pretty cool to work on a nice resort in Tahoe, or Mammoth or somewhere with great snow...
  2. Akulahawk

    Akulahawk EMpTy eaRNer

    Location:
    Unincorporated Sacramento County
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    The ski resorts hire people to do "Ski Patrol" and many of them are EMT (or even MUCH higher) certified. It can be very seasonal work... Sometimes they're a volunteer group that's affiliated with the resort. They can do either.

    The Dodge Ridge Ski Patrol is an example of this and they have their own website... http://www.dodgeridgensp.org/

    No, I'm not a "Patroller" with them... or any other group.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 4, 2010
  3. train54

    train54 New Member

    Location:
    Santa Monica, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Cool thanks Akulahawk!


    Does anyone out there know if all ski patrols are volunteer positions?
  4. SerumK

    SerumK New Member

    Some are paid, some are volunteers, some are a mix.

    Some areas also have paid "resort security" which are EMTs and sometimes FFs too.

    Ski resorts are of course serviced by EMS Services and Fire Departments.
  5. Bullets

    Bullets Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Yes, most do, and its a great job, I worked a few winters at a pennsylvania ski resort, they required Basic level certs then trained you up to their standards. Go to the national ski patrol website to see what they can do.
  6. Harvey

    Harvey New Member

    Location:
    Texas
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I bet offshore oil rigs have a designated Medic. Like in the Gulf. Maybe there is some money in that. Anyone know anything about it?
  7. TransportJockey

    TransportJockey Active Member

    Location:
    TX/NM
    A lot of offshore rigs hire paramedics for remote duty on them. I know of at least one medic I follow on Twitter that works offshore. From what I've been told thru rarely hire basics, sometimes intermediates, but mostly medics
  8. train54

    train54 New Member

    Location:
    Santa Monica, CA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Cool thanks Bullets, I will check that website out!
  9. beandip4all

    beandip4all New Member

    Location:
    sam's clam disco

    wow, never thought i would see a dodge ridge shout out on this forum! lol B)

    family has a cabin up there, and i have a buddy who works for them.
  10. Akulahawk

    Akulahawk EMpTy eaRNer

    Location:
    Unincorporated Sacramento County
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I've been to Dodge Ridge a couple times, but not recently. Not a bad place to ski! I used it because they're possibly lesser known that the Tahoe area places and their website had some more info...
  11. AustinNative

    AustinNative New Member

    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    I talked to an older guy at Heavenly Valley last year, and he works as a Ski-Patrol Medic during the winter, then works part time in a clinic in Florida during the summer (he is retired). He said it paid ok, but free access to the mountain and three days off a week to ski.
  12. clibb

    clibb New Member

    Breckenridge has try outs every spring. You have to take a test similar to the NREMT if you want to do EMT work on the hills. If not, there's always the First Responder test. You also have to be very skilled on skis and do a terrain test course to qualify.
  13. jjesusfreak01

    jjesusfreak01 New Member

    Location:
    St. Georges, Grenada
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Intermediate
    From what I hear, ski patrol work is mostly basic level stuff, primarily splinting and sick calls, but definitely lots and lots of splinting. You will see more broken bones than you can imagine if you do ski patrol.
  14. zmedic

    zmedic Member

    Location:
    NYC
    depends on where you are. There are few places I know of in Colorado that has a paramedic patrol in addition to their BLS ski patrollers. A-basin and Eldora are two I can think of off the top of my head. Also so places use the national ski patrol OEC cert rather than EMT. Usually you can challenge for the OEC but you have to learn some additional skills like quick splinting. Also patrollers are much better at splinting then most EMTs I've seen, so if you were going to try out you should make sure that your sling and swath and forearm splints are good. (EMTs tend to do a quick splint job because the patient is just being wheeled out on a stretcher, not bouncing around too much. Patients on patrol get brought down in a sled and poorly splinted fractures are a bigger deal.)
  15. Handsome Robb

    Handsome Robb Youngin' Premium Member

    It depends on the mountain on how their patrol is set up. Like someone else said it could be all volunteer, all paid or a combination of both. Usually it is a combo.

    The level of care provided depends on the protocols of your mountain, we do strictly BLS at the mountain I work at as a FT paid Patroller.
  16. GoldenBeaR6

    GoldenBeaR6 New Member

    Location:
    Durham, NC
    haha i've also snowboarded a few times at dodge ridge. nice place.

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