Dan_Harrison wrote:Kevin_Callahan wrote:If I am already CPR and AED and First Aid certified/licensed do I need to attend this? I would think in my line of work you could just throw me a jersey/jacket!
Kevin, there's a lot of truth to that. In fact, the training will set limits on things that you are trained to do, that patrollers do NOT do. Chief among these is Enforcement. We don't enforce park rules, or any other form of municipal ordinance, state or federal law. If a person is creating an unsafe situation, we use our cell phones to report it to the managers, and file an incident report. We're not allowed to "change hats," even when we've got the skills.
The motto of the Patrol is "Educate, Assist, Inform." The issue of enforcement has created confusion in the minds of a lot of managers (nationally, not just in Michigan), so it is something we try to get straight with both the users and the managers. Ultimately, we take our cues from the unit manager where we're patrolling, as to what we routinely do on patrol.
I agree with Bill, your insights and experience should prove an asset to the group.
For a good description of the Patroller's skills and duties, see the headings listed at:
Believe me Dan the last thing I would do is be a bike cop, especially without a gun, badge, radio and handcuffs. How much are you looking at cost wise for the jersey and FA kit? Disregard I went to the IMBA site.