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Upper Midwest Patrollers! Help Out @ Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival

Calling all patrollers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan!

From Hans Erdman of the Backcountry Trail Patrol:

The Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival will be held from September 16 to 18, once again at the newly re-opened Telemark Lodge in Cable, WI. National Mountain Bike Patrollers from across the region are invited to be part of this special event. 2011 marks the 16th year that NMBP members have assisted at the region's largest, oldest and most awesome mountain bike race and celebration of mountain biking.

We can use patroller help not just for the big race on Saturday, but also for the CAMBA Trail Tours on Friday afternoon and the Sunday Fun Day events on Sunday.

We patrol the course, both riding with the riders and at stationary positions, and are primarily tasked with medical first responder duties. We are not allowed to do any mechanical assistance; if we do, the rider is disqualified. (We advise racers of this when they ask for help.) The event has a very structured, state-EMS-approved medical response plan, with NMBP as the first point of contact, then aid stations, then ATV response, and finally, "rover" 4x4 trucks that transports the injured rider to either the Finish Line Medical Tent, a waiting ALS ambulance or, if severe enough, a nearby helipad. We have helped with numerous crash injuries, but also heart attacks, head injuries, seizures, and a myriad of other trauma and medical issues over the past 16 years.

Our participation is closely modeled after that of the Nordic National Ski Patrol at the area's other premiere event, the American Birkiebeiner ski race, including inviting patrols from across the region to take part.

To participate as a volunteer, you must be a current NMBP member with the following: current first aid/medical and CPR certification, a patrol pack with first aid kit and either the new issue or older style red NMBP jersey.

We should have free hostel-style accommodations again this year at Lake Owen Camp or camping at the USFS campground at Namakagon (the latter will be for patrollers only).

Questions? Want to participate?
Contact Hans: erdman [at] trailpatrol [dot] org

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