Originally Posted by catskills
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At least where I come from, NSP hill patrollers are tested & certified in their abilities to ski and handle a rescue sled anywhere on the mountain in all weather & snow conditions. Auxiliaries, for any number of reasons, are not trained & certified to run a rescue sled. Both hill & auxiliary patrollers undergo the same on-mountain first aid training and certification and are equally qualified to administer on-the-mountain medical first response.
I don't think the NSP should have separate uniforms that allow the skiing public to the distinguish between hill (full) and auxiliary patrollers. Both types of patrollers are equally important in making the mountain a safer place. It's unfortunate, but the skiing public in its lack of understanding may see an 'auxiliary badge' as a sign of lesser qualification, and that is a perception that would be unfounded and untrue. Auxiliaries are actually likely to treat more people and keep there skills sharpened, since they see all accident cases that come through the patrol room from everywhere on the mountain.
Typically the first patroller, whether hill or auxiliary, on the scene is the team leader until he/she relinquishes that position. That sometimes happens depending on experience levels of those in attendance.
If a family member of mine needed advanced medical treatment for a life-threatening injury, I would want the smartest, most experienced patroller as team leader at the accident scene to oversee on-hill patient stabilization with the fastest/safest transport off the mountain to a more advanced medical support facility. With the strongest, most experienced hill patroller in the handlebars.