Monday, June 15, 2009

SCA's Public Safety Management Interns meet at Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park's partnership with the Student Conservation Association has been profoundly productive over the years, especially in the wake of the 2006 floods. We are now proud to host the training of SCA's newest initiative, a Public Safety Management Intern program that will place interns in sixteen different national park areas around the country including Mount Rainier. These individuals will be analyzing safety data, reviewing safety procedures and practices, working with park safety officers, and in general, looking for ways to make our parks' commitment to safety even stronger.

The National Park Service, while a leader in so many other areas, has not had an exemplary safety record. SCA, by contrast, is famous for their leadership in this area. This is a partnership that should reap as many benefits as the Mount Rainier Recovery Corps.

Mount Rainier's intern, Rachel Landman, has been here a week already, and will be working with us through mid-August.

The safety interns have a full week of training ahead, addressing risk management, "leave no trace," injury epidemiology, and Wilderness First Aid (offered by our mutual partner Aerie Backcountry Medicine). They are spending their week living in the platform tents of the Longmire Campground, the first large group to take advantage of this legacy of SCA's Mount Rainier Recovery Corps.

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