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Patroller Duties

Responsibilities

  • Patrol the minimum number of hours required by your patrol group.
  • Observe and follow the pre-arranged and agreed upon patrolling schedule. Be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.
  • Wear and maintain the proper uniform for the patrol unit or NMBP group.
  • Make sure patrol group equipment is signed out, returned, and if necessary, restocked in working order and in a timely fashion. Patroller is responsible for equipment when in their possession.
  • Keep a positive, helpful attitude and represent the NMBP and your local patrol in a professional way.
  • Help maintain safe trails by being alert and reporting hazards, obstacles, and remedies as required.
  • Respect local ecology and trail conditions.
  • Accurately complete appropriate incident record procedures and/or log sheets.
  • Interact effectively with trail users, emergency care providers, and land management officials.
  • Educate trail users about trail conditions and low impact riding techniques.
  • Know how to contact and provide effective feedback to individuals, agencies, and organizations that have jurisdiction in the local area.
  • Patrollers: Assist in the care and transportation of injured or ill persons.
  • Remember: Law enforcement is NOT a function of the National Mountain Bike Patrol.

Qualifications

  • Satisfy all established training requirements established by the National Mountain Bike Patrol and the local land manager to include, but not limited to:

- first aid/emergency care 
- communication equipment skills
- interpersonal skills
- interagency relations
- trail/environmental issues and impact
- orienteering
- riding skills
- emergency bike repair

  • Know and follow all local policies and procedures.
  • Know personal limitations on qualifications and ability to provide services.
  • Demonstrate adequate mountain bike patrol skills.
  • Maintain personal bike to prevent failures on the trail.

Personal Risk Management

  • Stay within your physical limits while patrolling
  • Operate within the scope of your medical training
  • Comprehend and differentiate between personal and patrol group responsibility regarding insurance and health coverage.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and be prepared for the unexpected (do not become a casualty).
  • Always wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear.
  • If possible, carry extra water and energy food.
  • If possible, tap into local law enforcement agencies to get some specialized training on how to confront or approach difficult people without putting oneself in harm’s way.
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