MTR Program

The mission of the Mountain Travel and Rescue (MTR) program is to provide ski patrollers and interested members of the public with knowledge and skills that enhance their effectiveness at ski patrolling build their outdoor leadership capacities.

Program Supervisor: Ed Pontbriand

Email: Edwardpontbriand@gmail.com

(207) 812-2802

A little history about me:

I grew up in Auburn Maine, attended public school and worked in the family hardware store business at an early age learning the value of hard work.

In 1984 I worked as seasonal backcountry ranger at Shenandoah National Park.   In the fall of 1984, I accepted a permanent job as a National Park Service Law Enforcement ranger with the National Park Service launching what would end up being long and fruitful career.

I worked as a permanent ranger in Philadelphia at Independence National Historic Park, In south Dakota at Wind Cave National Park, In Colorado at Dinosaur National Monument as a District Ranger, in Washington State at North Cascades National Park as a District Ranger, and finally back home in Maine at Acadia National Park as a District Ranger.   I specialized in search and rescue, K-9 search, high angle technical rescue, white water rescue, cave search and rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, national incident management, river operations, wildlife management and wild land fire operations.  I retired in July 2014 after 31 years of Federal service.    I live with my wife and two search dogs in Bridgton, Maine. 

After retirement I worked for Hancock County Emergency Management Agency and as a seasonal ranger at Katahdin Stream in Baxter State Park.   I hold a Maine EMS license since 2002 and a National EMT and National Park Service EMT license since 1979. I am a past member of Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue and the current director of Wilderness Search and Rescue a team member of Maine Search and Rescue Dog team.  For the past two season’s I have been a member of Shawnee Peak and Lost Valley Ski Patrol.

I look forward to working with all members of the Maine Region Ski Patrol.

Thank you,

Ed Pontbraind

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