Outdoor Emergency Care Program
Outdoor Emergency Care® is the NSP’s award-winning training program 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 26,000 members of the National Ski Patrol, Outdoor Emergency Care is a training
program that is tailored to the nonurban 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 and 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.
A list of classes, including Outdoor Emergency Care and OEC refreshers, is available.
Courses are continually being registered, so this list will be updated frequently.
OEC training is also open to non-members. E-mail Jill Bjerke with registration questions.
Guidelines and Resources Available:
- OEC 11 Elements of the National Program Standard
- CPR, AED, and First Aid Guidelines
- OEC Evaluation and Challenge Criteria