ski patrol tram rescueWe talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you follow up for part two next week.

This week on part one:

  • -Weather hits (California, Colorado, Southeast)
  • -Topic: Ski Resort Accidents and Disasters
  • -Subtopic: Ski Patrol – the mountain first responders – what kinds of disasters do we prepare for? (medical, chairlift, avalanche, fires)
  • -Subtopic 1: Lift Evac: planning, execution, evacuation methods used – 80 passengers evacuated successfully without injury or further incident in 2 hours.
  • -Subtopic 2: Recent chairlift incidents across the country

Next week on part two:

  • -Subtopic 3: On-mountain safety: chairlifts; importance of wearing helmets; what if you or someone else gets injured?
  • -Subtopic 4: Hypothermia
  • -Subtopic 5: Alcohol and cold weather
  • -Subtopic 6: Frostbite continuum – prevention is key.
  • -Subtopic 7: Harness injuries – imitation crush syndrome

Joining co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode are Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. Also on the show again is our resident Disaster Meteorologist Kyle Nelson who is a ski patrol member at a ski resort in Colorado.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.

Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at for more information on how this can be brought into your system.


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