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Parks Canada, Kananaskis Country and Volunteer Physicians Leading Backcountry Quality of Care Initiative in the Mountain Parks

2016 Canadian Mountain Park Backcountry Medical Council (Parks Canada)
2016 Canadian Mountain Park Backcountry Medical Council
(Parks Canada)

On October 6 and 7 of 2016 Parks Canada, Visitor Safety Specialists, Kananaskis Country Public Safety and volunteer physicians met in Glacier National Park for a two day seminar as part of the Canadian Mountain Park Backcountry Medical Council (CMPBMC).

The CMPBMC was formed four years ago with the goal of providing the highest quality of care for backcountry rescues and medical incidents. The council provides medical direction, advice and medical oversight for Parks Canada and Kanaskis Country visitor safety rescue services.

Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists Lisa Paulson (Parks Canada)
Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists Lisa Paulson (Parks Canada)

As a leader in visitor safety, Parks Canada is proud to be part of this unique collaboration that speaks to the leadership in backcountry safety in the mountain parks. Parks Canada and Kananaskis Country would like to recognize the volunteer contribution of the physicians who give generously of their time and expertise as part of this ongoing work ensuring that together we can provide the highest level of care to those in need of backcountry medical care or rescue.

The council is made up of teams in Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Waterton Lakes and Kananaskis Country. With a lead safety specialist and physician (Medical Director) for each region and additional medical support from physicians and Emergency Medical Technicians in each local area.

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