From Mike Schons, Region Director:

From Mike Schons, Region Director:

Hard to believe that summer is over and it’s time to start putting in motion the plans for the 2016 – 2017 season.

I would like to congratulate newly elected Patrol Directors, Jon Banner of Apple Mtn. and Bessie Montante of Alpine Valley, welcome and congratulations!  We would like to thank the outgoing Patrol Directors, Fred Herter and Jessie Lewis for their service to the Eastern Michigan Region.

In June the Region hosted a multi-regional OEC conference to support training our Instructor Trainers and Patrol Instructor of Record folks in Teaching OEC 5 and use of the National website for information and material.  We had folks from patrols in Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio and our own Eastern Michigan regions all meeting together.

Speaking of the National Website, PD’s you may have already or you will soon receive information on the newly designed website.  You will need this information for patrol registration and Instructors for course registration and closure.  There is a newly developed training video for your use in acclimating you to the new website.

Also on the new website is your on-line refresher.  I just completed mine and it should take no more than 2 to 2 ½ hours to complete.  This year is cycle “C” and I’m sure each patrol is getting ready.

If you’re interested in beginning your journey towards Senior Patroller or Senior Alpine Patroller, take the first step now!  You must notify your Patrol Director of your intentions to train for your Senior classification.  You can find information for the entire journey under the Senior program tab on the website. Sign-up is now available under that tab also.

In October, Jamie Roell, EMR Certified Advisor will be hosting a certified awareness clinic where you will be able to actually work your first aid skills on a Certified OEC scenario.  Jamie will also have available other examples of Certified modules for you to experience.  The certified program is an excellent way to be at the top of your game and make new friends along the way.  The event will be held in October and sign-up will soon be available on the EMR website.  You must pre-register for the event.

The number of Certified Candidates and Certified Patrollers in Eastern Michigan is quite low.  Especially when you look at the numbers that state below us (Ohio) is putting out.  Now I hate to say that a team like Ohio (red and gray), is starting to look a bit more superior than us on the Michigan team, so if you are interested in becoming a Certified Patroller, contact and use your Certified members in EMR that will help you with your journey.

There is a new ski manufacturer in the Central Division, Mortal Ski Company, a Midwestern ski company making skis for Midwestern ski areas.  Mortal Ski Company was founded in 2015 by two ski patrollers from Perfect North Slopes, Ron Gerdes and Mark Branham, They had a vision of building a work ski for the conditions they skied, specifically for the challenges of skiing and Patrolling on Midwestern hard pack snow.  Through their first year Mortal Ski Company was able to get around 50 skis on the snow from Washington State to New York.  From this small sample they were able to refine their product and make improvements as they prepared for the winter of 2016.  Mortal Ski Company is working to build a better ski to do the job patrollers love to do.  They offer a NSP discount, so if you’re looking for new skis, check these out at: email them at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on facebook at:

There is another election this year for the National Board.  Thanks to you, we got Ty Damon elected and also thanks to all of you, Central Division had the largest voting block of all the Divisions within the NSP!  This year we have 2 more Central Division folks running for the board.  I urge all of you to get out a vote for the Central Division members, Jay Zedak and Brian Ulrich.  Please go to the National website to read their position statements.  Also, as I come around to the patrols in the next couple of months, please stop and we can talk about the importance of the board make-up and how it affects you, as a patroller.

I Will be visiting some of the refreshers this season along with the Certified Awareness Clinic so I hope to see you along the way.


Mike Schons


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