05/30/20 COVID-19 Pandemic Patrolling Update: We have received updated requirements from the various land agencies that will allow us to identify ourselves while out on patrol during the COVID-19 pandemic. The primary one is that to patrol on City and County properties, you must complete a “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course. Once you do that and have completed all of your other requirements, you can patrol under the guidelines in the course. For further details on the status for each agency, please see below:
Fort Collins Natural Areas
05/30/20 UPDATE: We just received an updated requirement for all FCNA volunteers, which included DPMBP, of signing a COVID-19 waiver. Please log into your FC Engage account (https://engage.fcgov.com/) and you should see a notice for the new waiver. If you do not see it, please let me know.
Per our last update, certified patrollers must complete the FCNA “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course (takes about 26 minutes) to begin patrolling again as identified patrollers (wearing jerseys, showing your placards, etc.). Once you have completed the online course, you can patrol under the requirements mentioned in the course. To take the course, log into your FC Engage account (https://engage.fcgov.com/) and you should see an announcement for the course. If you do not, please let me know.
If you intend to go out on patrol, please be sure to adhere to the guidelines in the course and either wear a patrol jersey or have your patrol placard displayed to identify yourself as a patroller. We are still required to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and are also encouraged to patrol in small groups, to limit the possibility of community spread but you can now offer emergency aid if you have gloves and a N95 mask. Otherwise, we will continue to render aid by calling 911.
Larimer County Open Spaces
05/28/20 UPDATE: Larimer County Open Spaces is operating under similar guidelines as Fort Collins Natural Areas and are accepting completion of the FCNA “COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines for Natural Areas” online course, in lieu of having to complete one for Larimer County. So, to patrol on Larimer County properties, you must complete the online course, have all of your certifications in place, follow the guidelines in the course while patrolling and be sure to either wear a patrol jersey or have your patrol placard displayed to identify yourself as a patroller.
Patrolling is prohibited, but you can still ride on USFS properties as long as you observe the social distancing protocols. The USFS has released updated (as of 5/15/20) volunteering guidelines. While we are still not allowed to patrol on USFS properties, once we are, these are the rules they would like us to follow:
Rules of Conduct During COVID 19 Situation
- Stay home if:
- You or a member of your household exhibit COVID 19 symptoms in the last 24 hours
- You have a compromised immune system
- You have been exposed to COVID19 in the last 14 days
- Pre-schedule field trips and complete trip report within 24 hours
- Pre-trip emergency plan in place with household
- Conservative trail and trip choices- county EMS response capacity is reduced. Stay in lower/middle Poudre or Redfeather area if Forest Service office is closed
- Special projects (IE, non-regular patrol or trail work) must be pre-approved by the District Ranger
- Social spacing
- 6’ apart
- One person or household per vehicle (including private vehicles)
- Group size 10 or less (trail projects, group events, etc).
- Masks must be worn for any interaction that would violate the 6’ spacing rule
- Use hand sanitizer/wear disposable gloves after handling shared items
- Government vehicle use
- Sanitize before and after use (steering wheel, seatbelt, shifter, seat- anything touched)
- Wear gloves/use sanitizer when refueling vehicle/ handling fleet cards
- Minimal availability after May 26 (Fridays and weekends) because of one person/one vehicle rule
- Tool use
- Shared tools: Wear gloves and sanitize before and after use
- FS tools: Send one person to pick up if possible. Wear masks/gloves if two people pick up tools.
- Assign one person/one or two tools for day and do not share tools
- If the Forest Service office is closed:
- Check in via email to Kristy at email@example.com no later than 5 PM upon your return home
- Take a cell phone and a personal spot/InReach to the field as Forest Service equipment is unavailable for check out
Lory State Park:
05/28/20 UPDATE: The Park is open and we have been given the go-ahead to begin regular patrolling, under similar Covid requirements as the City and County. We are able to identify ourselves as patrollers, but we must still follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask when interacting with other trail users. So, be sure to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and try to keep your patrol groups small, to limit the possibility of community spread. Please also try to schedule your patrols ahead of time and log them in a timely manner when you have completed them.
Wyoming State Parks:
05/28/20 UPDATE: The Parks (Gowdy and Glendo) are open and until we just heard from the Trails Manager that we have been given the go-ahead to begin regular patrolling, under similar Covid requirements as the City and County. We are able to identify ourselves as patrollers, but we must still follow social distancing protocols and wear a mask when interacting with other trail users. So, be sure to maintain the 6′ social distancing rules while patrolling and try to keep your patrol groups small, to limit the possibility of community spread. Please also try to schedule your patrols ahead of time and log them in a timely manner when you have completed them.
Also, a quick note…if you have not completed all of your requirements to be a Patroller, including paying Overland dues, you cannot represent yourself as a DPMBP Patroller when out riding. I will be contacting you individually to let you know your status soon.
Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patrol is a service of Overland Mountain Bike Association. Some might even call it the soul of our organization, since DPMBP is where it all started.
Why Become a Patroller?
You love mountain biking and you care about helping other mountain biking enthusiasts to enjoy the trails as much as you do. Certified Mountain Bike Patrollers work to assist others on the trails in medical and or mechanical emergencies. You will have the opportunity to educate trail users of proper etiquette using IMBA’s Rules of the Trail, maintain contact with local land agencies regarding trail conditions or incidents, and work side by side, ride by ride, with Outreach members on advocacy and trail work.
Questions or comments, please contact our Patrol Director, Pete Skram at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrol Benefits, Requirements and Responsibilities.
When you become a DPMBP Patroller you make your mountain bike rides even more meaningful. When on patrol, Patrollers help both our fellow trail users and the land management agencies who manage the forests, parks, natural areas and open spaces where we ride. We currently work with the following land management agencies:
- United States Forest Service, Roosevelt National Forest (USFS).
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Lory State Park).
- Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails (Curt Gowdy and Glendo State Parks)
- Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
- Fort Collins Natural Areas (FCNA).
Becoming a Patroller brings other benefits as well, but also brings with it certain requirements and responsibilities.
Additional benefits include:
- No-cost first aid and CPR training, provided as OMBA member benefit.
- Partial reimbursement for Wilderness First Aid training
- A waiver of entry and parking fees at trailheads, when you are patrolling.
- Partial qualification to participate in the new Trail Agent Program*.
- Gratitude from our land management agencies.
- Special status within OMBA.
- The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping people, while doing a fun activity.
- Current membership in OMBA.
- Be a minimum of 18 years of age (Parents may sign a waiver for their underage children to be out on patrol).
- Have a serviceable bike and always wear a helmet.
- Complete American Heart Association Certified First Aid and CPR Training (provided by OMBA).
- Complete “Good Host’ Training with the USFS and City of Fort Collins (Provided by the agencies, USFS good for 5 years, FC Natural Areas good forever).
- Complete and pass a background check (provided and paid for by Fort Collins Volunteer Services).
- Sign waivers for land management agencies that require them.
- Complete two training “Check Rides” with another Certified Patroller
- Demonstrate basic bicycle mechanic skills. (Change a flat, fix a broken chain, etc. Stuff that will help someone get back to the trailhead if necessary).
- Following each land agencies’ rules for trail use, patrolling and public interaction.
- Land Agency MOUs
- United States Forest Service.
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
- Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails
- Larimer County Parks, Open Spaces and Trails.
- Fort Collins Natural Areas.
- Land Agency MOUs
- Being willing to help trail users in need when patrolling and generally being a good trail citizen and responsible rider (https://www.imba.com/ride/imba-rules-of-the-trail).
- Scheduling Patrol Rides in the Patrol Reporting System.
- Counting statistics, observing trail conditions and reporting those by logging patrols in the Patrol Reporting System.
- Being willing to occasionally provide patrol support for OMBA events and events that DPMBP supports.
The most basic requirement of being a Diamond Peaks Mountain Bike Patroller is to use your training combined with common sense to fulfill the responsibilities of the Patrol. We want everyone to be safe and have a good trail experience and your willingness to volunteer in the capacity of a Patroller will help that happen.