On Thursday evening, emergency medical services (EMS) were called to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort for a report of a child who had fallen from one of the resort’s ski lifts. The child was transported to receive medical care for non-critical and non-severe injuries.
According to Steven Fuller, Vice President of Bristol Mountain, while incidents like this are uncommon, the ski patrol at Bristol Mountain were on the scene quickly. “Patrol, fortunately, was on the scene immediately and brought the individual down to our patrol base here where the Naples Ambulance picked them up and was able to transport them to a higher level of care,” said Fuller.
Peter Edelstein, a member of the ski patrol with over 20 years of experience, stated that the ski patrol practices and prepares for incidents like this regularly, including helping others with training to be better prepared. “We’re always prepared for situations like this,” said Edelstein. “We have all of the equipment, we are actually doing some similar training this morning, we were here working out with some other folks from outside of the area.”
Edelstein also emphasized that being prepared for incidents is a year-round effort for the ski patrol, including completing training programs like outdoor emergency care (OEC) and outdoor emergency transportation (OET). He also stressed the importance of safety for anyone on the slopes and recommended new skiers to take a lesson and learn how to properly handle equipment and navigate the slopes.
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