The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Cuyahoga Valley NP Week 1
My first two days consisted of a lot of orientation and
meeting some of the park staff, and starting to learn all the roads, areas, and
trails. With 33,000 acres along 22 miles of the Cuyahoga River, and 200 miles
of trails there is a lot for me to learn. Many other jurisdictions exist
throughout different sections of the park, and it is important
to know whose jurisdiction you are in and who is going to be close by for help.
On the second day when I was with Ranger Dyer we heard on the radio of a truck
accident. Although it was out of our jurisdiction we arrived on scene to make
sure everything was alright. There were no injuries and we helped with traffic
The third day I met Ranger Stell, who will be my mentor for
the summer. I learned about the patrol vehicles, performing vehicle checks, and mapping of the park to see our boundaries.
We toured some more of the park as there is a lot I still need to see. We had a
call for a bicyclist who got in an accident. We were first on scene and
assisted with the woman until the ambulance came.
Lock 29 trail entrance to Towpath
Clean up site for National Public Lands Day
Day four was more patrolling and touring the park with
Ranger Stell. Half way through the day I switched off and went with Ranger
Pugh. He was assisting in the planning for National Public Lands Day. National
Public Lands Day is on September 28th this year, and is a day anyone
can volunteer to do something that benefits public land; whether it is cleaning
up trash, habitat restoration, trail maintenance, beautification on historic
sites, or any various other actions. A volunteer at the park had found a great
site for volunteers to help out with for National Public Lands Day, so we were
looking at the logistics to see how feasible it was, the safety, and many other
factors that need to be considered if people are going to be hiking in to this
spot in the woods. We went through the GAR steps from Operational Leadership,
so it was very neat to see my training I received last summer at a different
park being applied here.
The next day Ranger Stell and I went on a hike patrol in the
morning through some areas of the park. We hiked for a good while and mid-day
came back to the ranger station to eat some lunch. In the middle of lunch we
had a medical emergency (so one must always be ready). A volunteer on one of the paths we had hiked earlier
that morning collapsed. The field rangers and I all rushed over there, along
with the appropriate other emergency services that were close by. Everyone acted calm and appropriate and we
were able to safely carry out the victim on a litter until we got out of the
woods enough for the ambulance. Directly after the victim was safe in the
ambulance en route to the hospital we all stayed back to carry out an After
Action Review, right there on scene while everything was fresh in our minds. We talked about
how we quickly were able to establish which local agency was the closest
by/most fit for the job and not wasting time debating over it. And we also
talked about some radio trouble that was going on, this is a known problem that
is being fixed so it should not normally happen.
After being here for one week now, I am looking very much
forward to spending the rest of my summer here. It is going to be a busy summer
and I have lots of room to grow and learn. I am very appreciative Cuyahoga
Valley has taken me in, and thankful to all the Rangers who are helping me
learn. Thank you all, and I look forward to what this summer has to offer!