I was an Engineer with the Newport Beach Fire Department in Southern California. I started with NBFD in 1992. I was a firefighter for five years working on both an engine and a tiller truck. I promoted to firefighter/paramedic (rank position for NBFD). For the next five years, I worked on a rescue ambulance where we transported our own patients. Next, I promoted to engineer, and I served in that position for eighteen years, primarily working on a tiller truck. I have been a CA State certified senior instructor since 1994 for various technical rescue courses. Rescue Systems 1 was the first rescue course developed by the state, and I was a lead instructor for the Santa Ana College Fire Academy and open enrollment classes offered at the North Net Training Center. Rescue Systems 2 came about in the mid to late 90’s, and I assisted in the course development for the shoring modules. I also have taught Emergency Trench Rescue (Operations and Technician) for over 28 years. I have been instructing for CMC Pro (formerly CMC Rescue, formerly EMC, Emergency Management Consultants) in Emergency Trench Rescue, Emergency Building Shores, Rope Rescue Tech 1-2, SPRAT Level 1 (rope access and rigging), and Tower Rescue courses all over the country and to students from all over the world.
I consider it an honor to be taught by the “Grandfathers” of technical rescue:
Mike McGroarty, Keith Eddie, Don Shawver, Bob Masonis, and John McKently.
These men established the foundation, and I have helped build upon that foundation by contributing to what is currently taught here in California and across the nation with CMC. I served on the re-write committees for Rescue Systems 1 (shoring), Rescue Systems 2 (shoring), and the write committee for our current Emergency Trench Rescue Technician manual. For the trench rescue manual, I was responsible for and wrote all of the shoring chapters and worked with a soil’s engineer developing multiple data sheets that envelop all techniques needed to perform a trench rescue and super-cedes any Federal or State OSHA requirement. I am one of the few senior instructors for our newly developed Rope Rescue Technician in California. With CMC, I get the privilege of instructing rope courses all around the country teaching our curriculum, as well as learning and expanding my knowledge of different techniques from students all over the world. Rope access techniques have become a pivotal part in rope rescue. I am a SPRAT Level 1 worker and instruct level 1 courses with CMC.
I also accrued enough rope access hours to obtain my Level 2 certification.