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Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School Division of Governmental Studies and Services

Requirements for BMOC

LEMOS provides law enforcement officers with the basic knowledge and skills to safely perform routine operations in wilderness settings through the Basic Mountain Operations Course (BMOC).

Field Equipment

  • Basic survival equipment should be your own
  • Unwrap, check out and test everything – there are no stores close to the school site
  • Weight does matter
    • Nothing should be single use!
    • Repack into smaller amounts suitable for 48 hours, not 48 days!
  • Pack things in zip lock style freezer bags to keep them dry and organized
  • Test pack all equipment to be sure it will fit into your pack
  • Check out second hand and surplus as well as on line sporting discount stores
  • Snowshoes and poles can be rented at local sporting goods stores
  • Small items should be brightly marked or have reflector tape

Required field equipment list (pdf)


  • No Cotton!
  • Non-constricting fit, but not too loose
  • Several thinner layers are better than one bulky layer
  • Breathable, water resistant fabrics better than totally waterproof
  • Check for good construction
    • Doubled stitched, taped seams on outer garments
    • Sweaters and jackets don’t ride up when you lift your arms
    • Avoid solid lined and insulated parkas and jackets – laminated mesh or mesh linings better
  • Can spray water repellant onto shoulder, elbow, knee and seat areas for extra protection.
  • Make sure boots fit comfortably into the snowshoe binding and are waterproof

Required clothing list (pdf)

First Aid

  • Pack items into plastic zip lock bags to keep dry and organized
  • Have a dedicated pack pocket or pouch for all supplies so they can be grabbed all at once

Required first aid supply list (pdf)

Be ready for the equipment check!

There will be an equipment check before the course starts. If you don’t have the mandatory or correct equipment, you will not be allowed to take the course.

Visit Resources for more information on equipment, clothing, and first aid.