VICENZA, Italy -- The Vicenza Ski Patrol would like to congratulate this season's candidates on their successful completion of the Outdoor Emergency Care Course (OEC Tech), Patroller and Alpine
Patroller validations at Caserma Ederle, Folgaria Ski Area and Bichlbach, Austria ski area.

This season the Vicenza Patrol gained four new OEC techs, five new patrollers, five new Alpine patrollers, and one new senior OEC instructor.

Once validated as patrollers, the Vicenza Ski Patrol sends patrollers on Outdoor Recreation Office ski and other adventure trips to provide first aid medical coverage to the Vicenza Military Community members on the trip.

The National Ski Patrol is the world's largest, mostly volunteer organization of its kind, promoting safety and assisting skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the United States
and Europe. The training program's initial focus is the Outdoor Emergency Care Course, the Patroller Program and the Alpine Program.

The OEC course consists of about 80 percent of a basic Emergency Medical Technician course applied to the outdoor environment (all weather conditions) and CPR Pro. A patroller must demonstrate the same OEC skills in the classroom and in an outdoor environment, but may not
transport guests off the hill.

In the Alpine Patroller Program, once validated as a patroller, an Alpine Patroller candidate must demonstrate the required ski/snowboard skills and possess the ability to safely control a loaded rescue toboggan.

Find out more at www.nsp.org. Anyone interested in participating should contact Vicenza Ski Patrol at vicenzaskipatrol@