Outdor Emergency Care

Kim Zambole
Kim Zambole OEC Program Supervisor
kimzambole@gmail.com Call/Text: 847-323-2900
RaeAnn Ruddy
RaeAnn Ruddy OEC Assistant Supervisor

Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)

OEC is NSP’s signature course offering.  This emergency medical responder course is tailored to the non-urban rescuer.  This course is required of all NSP patroller members and is offered primarily through NSP patrols, though some NSP affiliate organizations offer the course as well. 

In an OEC course, you will learn about many aspects of outdoor care, including: 

  • performing safe and effective stabilization and extrication of injured persons in the outdoor environment
  • scene safety (identifying hazards to both responders and visitors)
  • safe and efficient use of outdoor emergency care skills to prevent further injury to visitors

There is a small course fee and an annual refresher course is required to maintain certification. 

OEC for EMTs and Paramedics

Current EMTs, advanced EMTs, and paramedics now have a fast-track to receiving an OEC technician card and joining NSP. Patrollers and candidates who are also a current EMT, advanced EMT, or paramedic may receive an OEC technician card by passing the Modified Challenge course, which is comprised of the practical portion of the OEC exam.

NSP’s Specialized Outdoor Education

NSP’s training programs for ski patrollers and mountain hosts are considered the standard of training for emergency care in the outdoor environment and are recognized by resorts and recreational facilities in all 50 states.

Outdoor First Care (OFC) is the NSP’s course designed for those interested in serving as Mountain Hosts at ski areas and others who need an entry-level first aid course.  The course is offered through local patrols. It includes content knowledge and hands-on skills training and evaluation.

Participants earn a two-year certification. The current national course fee is $25. There is no refresher requirement for this course; renewal courses are offered with no national course fee.

Central Division Regional OEC Administrators:

Ohio RegionAlex Herrmannaherrmann@perfectnorth.com
Eastern MI RegionRae Ann Ruddyraeannruddy@gmail.com
Western MI RegionLourie Hurleylmbhurley@yahoo.com
Northern MI RegionMary Cordermarycdietz@yahoo.com
North Central RegionJohn Jarockijpjarocki@gmail.com
South Central RegionDavid Kleinschmidt1davidk@att.net
Southern RegionHarry Remperthrempert@sprynet.com
Western RegionEd Thompsonethompson@winona.edu


If you are unable to attend your Patrol Refresher and need to attend another refresher:
The protocol is to Notify the PR/PD and/or Instructor of Record of the Refresher that you wish to attend to get their approval BEFORE attending.

The Central Division PR/PD list by Region can be accessed in the menu above.

Program Documents:

Word download Senior OEC QA Feedback Form
Word download Central Division OEC Basic QA Form
PDF download Road Map to becoming an OEC Instructor (2018)
Word download OEC MSP Clinic Evaluation Card
PDF download OEC MSP Manual Final 2017-2018

For OEC Instructors

  • For general instructor tools, visit the Instructor Resources tab on the NSP site
  • Course Tools tutorials can be found HERE.
  • For the Navigate Tutorials, Instructor Manuals, Instructor Guides for Refreshers, AND MORE, visit the OEC Instructors page