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EMS promotion of helmets for snow sports

Every Saturday during ski season, co-founder Kris Kaull takes his kids to the local downhill ski area for lessons. As a paramedic, Kris has seen the devastating consequences of skier collisions with trees, lift towers or even other skiers. As a parent, Kris makes sure that his kids always wear ski helmets.

Does your service area include a downhill ski area? Do you participate in injury prevention efforts to encourage kids to wear ski helmets? Try some of these things to encourage helmet use:

1. Park the ambulance or fire truck at the base of the ski area on busy weekend mornings and acknowledge kids and parents who are using helmets.

2. Show off different types of helmets — firefighter, rescue, motorcycle, bicycle, and snowsports — when kids come for station tours.

3. Promote success stories that start with “it could have been a lot worse but little Johnny or Jenny was wearing a helmet” through your local media contacts.

For more information on helmets and snowsports, visit

Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is the Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the efforts of the editorial team on Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the EMS1 editor-in-chief for five years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. He is an educator, author, national registry paramedic since 2005, and a long-distance runner. Greg was a 2010 recipient of the EMS 10 Award for innovation. He is also a three-time Jesse H. Neal award winner, the most prestigious award in specialized journalism, and the 2018 and 2020 Eddie Award winner for best Column/Blog. Connect with Greg on Twitter or LinkedIn and submit an article idea or ask questions with this form.

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