The GROC Chapter of the National Mountain Bike Patrol is starting up soon!!
NMBP info posted here:
The basics on the local patrol:
The history of the local patrol is important, but all that will be covered at training. Bottom line - the NMBP is a group out there on the trail being ambassadors for mt biking. We do trail work, give directions, first aid, mechanical advise - all the things you probably do anyway, but as part of a trained, organized, NATIONALLY LEGITIMIZED group. What this brings to the table for us is a way of scheduling and allocating interested people to areas and tasks in an efficient way. Perhaps more importantly, we have more clout politically with a national organization, especially one that requires more than sending in your $40 - it actually requires time and effort on your part. This isn't click-the-box advocacy. We need that, too, but this is for the people that ride, build, and maintain trail, and want to help the trail community.
Requirements : Patroller training, current First Aid and CPR certification. Costs to follow, date to follow, we have an instructor and location secured. I need numbers first, so let me know if you plan to join. $40 jersey, $50 NMBP/IMBA membership. Deals on gear – packs, clothing, etc – we get tubes and Clif bars to hand out to those in need…..you get the idea.
Training will soon begin for the GROC chapter of the NMBP.
If you haven’t yet heard of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, it’s an IMBA supported group thatorganizes and supports more than 60 volunteer bike patrol groups throughout the United States and the world.
The NMBP consists of volunteers partnering with land managers, land owners and emergency personnel, to assist, educate and inform all trail users in order to enhance their recreational experience. Think of it as just another, higher level of involvement with, and commitment to, our sport. Duties and responsibilities include assisting in medical and mechanical emergencies, educating trail users of proper etiquette, and Informing land managers, owners and trail users of trail conditions through monitoring efforts. This is a volunteer assistance-type organization. Don’t let the “patrol” part mislead you, we are not bike or trail police. We have no authority over any trail user, any more than the normal individual. Our total goal is to be good ambassadors for the sport, provide medical or mechanical assistance as needed, give directions, just help out – Assist, Educate, Inform is the motto, and pretty much sums it up.
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