Professional Rescue

Provided by American Avalanche Institute
Park City
Monday, December 17, 2018
December 17-20, 2018, TBD, Park City, UT

This course is designed for Professional Ski Patrollers, Search and Rescue Team members, Law Enforcement/EMS/Fire and Mountain Guides. The rescue-driven curriculum builds on the basic skill set introduced in Level 1 & 2 avalanche courses. The majority of this syllabus will focus on the management of both large and small scale organized rescue from the initial deployment of rapid response teams to multi-day, multi-agency operation logistics.

This course will cover the following:

  • Incident Command System in Avalanche Rescue
  • Scene Safety
  • Technology updates (including RECCO, Transceivers, Airbags, etc.)
  • Shoveling and Probing strategies
  • Resource Management
  • Victim care and avalanche burial complications
  • Recent research on avalanche survivability
  • Snow Anchors & Rigging Specifications (Sked, Rescue Bubble, etc.)
  • Technical Terrain Management (lowering/raising)
  • Getting Along – Developing relationships between Patrols, Law Enforcement and SAR groups


Jake Hutchinson - Former Vice President of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and the former Director of Ski Patrol and Snow Safety at Canyons Mountain Resort in Park City, UT. Jake is Level 3 Avalanche certified and is a AAA certified instructor. He has over 20 years working in snow and avalanches and has worked on multiple avalanche rescue/recovery operations in a variety of roles. Has raised, trained and run Avalanche SAR dogs for 15 years and has extensive experience in developing working relationships between Law Enforcement Agencies and Ski Patrols.

David Weber has worked as a rescue technician, wilderness medic, and skills instructor for over a decade. This experience has given him a strong background in professional urban and wilderness rescue and a working knowledge of a variety of rescue systems. He currently divides his year working as a Denali mountaineering ranger, a lead guide for the Khumbu Climbing Center, and a lead instructor at Remote Rescue Training. Dave fills in his shoulder seasons as an instructor for the American Avalanche Institute, a senior field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and a lead instructor for the Wilderness Medicine Institute. A common theme connecting all of these various pursuits is the opportunity to spend large portions of his year treating injured patients in remote technical settings.


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