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NMBP Group Trains with Their Local Fire Department

As chapters of the NMBP grow in size and professionalism, they are reaping the benefits of training directly with other emergency response organizations.

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Snow and Cold Can’t Stop Volunteer Patrollers

The Isanti, MN-based Backcountry Mountain Bike Trail Patrol has greatly expanded its winter patrol capabilities through the addition of two "fat bikes" and a new, compact automated external defibrillator (AED). The new tools have allowed the all-volunteer National Mountain Bike Patrol (NMBP) unit to assist at events such as the City of Lakes Penn Cycle Fat Bike Loppet and Ice Cycle races, in addition to their long-standing patrol on cross-country skis at the Loppet’s 40 Km classic and freestyle ski races.

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Recruiting Patrollers

"Shawn Murphy is looking for a few good riders. Well, to be honest, maybe more than a few.

Murphy is the director of the Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol, a small but growing group of volunteer cyclists who have taken it upon themseves to give something back to their sport by patrolling trails and race courses, offering assistance to riders in trouble whether fixing a flat tire or broken bones."

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Patrol Partners With Equestrians

Earlier this summer, IMBA Chapter Pisgah Area SORBA and the PAS unit of the NMBP partnered with their local equestrians for a series of clinics called "Staying Safe on Multi-Use Trails."

The group reports:

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Pisgah Area SORBA Patrol Gets Access to Experimental Forest

The patrollers of Pisgah Area SORBA, under the leadership of Chris Morgan, have access to two new places to patrol: DuPont State Recreational Forest, and the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

To read more, check out this story from the Asheville Citizen-Times, ss well as this story from the U.S. Forest Service.

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OMBA Patrol Partners With Fire and Rescue

The Ocala Mountain Bike Association's patrol recently had great success working with their fire and rescue teams to evacuate a seizure victim on their trails.

From patroller Paul Guertin:

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OMBA Bike Patrol Rocks Their Fat Tire Festival

The Ocala Mountatin Bike Association (OMBA) had its 2013 Santos Fat Tire Festival in early March, with over 450 mountain bikers showing up to enjoy the IMBA Epic Bronze rated trails! For the fourth year, the OMBA Bike Patrol team was out in full force covering all areas of the trails. This was a full weekend event, with patrollers assisting the night rides as ride guides and sweeps.
Fifteen members of the patrol team were assigned different zones based on thier preferences and riding abilities.
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Santa Rides a Mountain Bike

As the holidays approach, we here at IMBA start to feel a little bit like Santa Claus. Especially where the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is concerned, since this is the time of year where we decide who gets visits from our team of traveling trail ambassadors.

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NPS Rangers Create Their Own Mountain Bike Patrol Unit

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - In response to increased complaints and collisions on local trails, the National Park Service (NPS) has teamed with the Concerned Off-Road Bicyclist Association (CORBA) to promote safe and courteous riding in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Patrollers Save a Life, Take Kids Riding on TKMBD

NMBP members continue a great year of successes with two recent events:

Two longtime members of the Backcountry Trail Patrol in Minnesota used their skills to save a life while patrolling the Twin Cities Marathon.

From the patrol:

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