LEAD INSTRUCTORS

Updated 4-1-17

 

MASTER Instructor – able to teach all RTI Courses.Top of Form

Wesley Meyer

rescuetx@hotmail.com

Start Date: 7/5/1974 City: New Braunfels State: TX Country: USA
Wes has over 47 years in the rescue field specializing in water, boats, vertical, cave, ground search and survival. Retired from the New Braunfels Fire Department as a Battalion Chief, he was instrumental in the development of the Swiftwater and Vertical rescue program there. Wes wore many hats in the fire service from entry level volunteer fire fighter he worked his way through every rank to Battalion Chief including Emergency Medical Technician, Peace Officer and Arson Investigator. He has been a guest instructor at the Texas A&M University Municipal Fire School, feature guest speaker at National and International conferences, consultant with FEMA for development of rescue teams in international settings, as well as consultant and instructor for numerous emergency service providers in the development of specialized rescue teams. Wes is the owner and Master Instructor with Rescue Training International and a past Master Instructor and Instructor Trainer with Rescue 3 International. He has been the Chief of Rescue Techs and Alamo Area SAR, Rescue Specialist with several Volunteer Fire Department. Developing programs tailored to the needs of the individual or agency he works with. He has also developed several training courses for Lake, Bay, Surf, Flood, Swiftwater, PWC, Boats, Vertical, All Terrain Vehicles Utility Vehicle and cave rescue. His range of Instruction now includes the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Wes was presented the prestigious Higgins & Langley 2001 International Award for his assistance with the development of the Texas State Swiftwater Strike Team and his teams response to the Tropical Storm Allison disaster in Houston, Texas. He has several other awards and decorations including the “Unsung Hero” award from the City of New Braunfels for rescuing 9 persons during the October 1998 flood in New Braunfels, Texas, USA and a Medal of Valor from Braunfels, Germany for a river rescue including family members from Braunfels Fire Department.

*Compliant with NIMS 100.b, 200.b, 700.a, 800.b, NFPA, Texas Forest Service, OSHA, CE, FEMA, DHS, Proteccion Civil

Master Instructor Trainer: Yes

Master Instructor: Lake Rescue PWC, Surf Rescue PWC, Lake Rescue RBO, FAST R1&;2, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, VRT 1,2&;3, VRT Spec Ops, TacRap 1& 2, Industrial Rescue, Crewman Overboard, Cave Rescue Tech 1&; 2, Ground Search And Rescue1 &; 2, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Survival 1,&; 2

Master Technician: Yes

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, Surf Rescue PWC, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, Lake Rescue RBO, Lake Rescue PWC, VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, TacRap 1, TacRap 2, Industrial Rescue, Crewman Overboard, CRT 1, CRT 2, Ground Search And Rescue, Wilderness Survial 1, Wilderness Survial 2

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CHIEF INSTRUCTOR – able to teach courses to anyone including Instructor training.

Camille Meyer

camille.m.meyer@gmail.com

Start Date: 7/1/2000 City: New Braunfels State: TX Country: USA
Camille has finished her military service and has returned to Vice President in charge of Operations and Chief Instructor for RTI. She is currently re-certing all of her technician status’, which have been on hold while on Active Duty, as well as learning the office procedures and new programs.

Camille has served our country in the US Coast Guard for a little over 5 years. She made rank as an Operations Specialist Petty Officer 3rd Class and has also completed training as a Surface Rescue Swimmer, Boat crewman, Helo/Boat ops, Marine Watchstander, Search and Rescue Fundamentals, and was completing training as a Law Enforcement Officer at FLETC Charleston until an injury postponed the training. Camille was last stationed at USCG Sector New Orleans under the 8th Atlantic District based in New Orleans, Louisiana as a communications unit watch stander (heavily involved maritime emergency operations and dispatching) and was involved in advanced operational planning applications, intelligence coordination and case management functions. During her time at Sector New Orleans she conducted over 250 search and rescue cases, and was directly involved for 25 lives saved. She was also on duty in the Communication Center and was responsible for numerous lifesaving and emergency response communications the day the BP Oil Rig exploded. She was honorably discharged in November 2011 after her service was completed. During her service she served on the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Camille has completed every course RTI offers making her one of the few RTI Master Technicians. She has been involved with RTI since its inception; starting at a young age acting as victim, then assisting with the courses before finally becoming an instructor. She has also achieved Lead International Instructor in FAST, FAST PWC, FAST RBO, PWC Surf, Cave, Vertical, Ground Search, and Survival.

Camille has also played as an extra on the television pilot production of a new crime drama titled “Trooper” starring Oscar winner Mira Sorvina and directed by Jerry Bruckheimer. The RTI and TEXSAR Rescue Boat Technicians were part of several scenes.

*Compliant with NIMS 100.b, 200.b, 700.a, 800.b, NFPA, Texas Forest Service, OSHA, CE, FEMA, DHS, Proteccion Civil

Lead Instructor: Surf Rescue PWC, FAST R1, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, VRT 1, VRT 2, Industrial Rescue, Crewman Overboard, CRT 1, CRT 2, Wilderness Survival 1, Wilderness Survival 2

Master Technician: Yes

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, Surf Rescue PWC, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, Lake Rescue RBO, Lake Rescue PWC, VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, Industrial Rescue, Crewman Overboard, CRT 1, CRT 2, Ground Search And Rescue, Wilderness Survival 1, Wilderness Survival 2

CORPORATE INSTRUCTOR – able to conduct specific listed courses to anyone. This person is on a list to teach corporate requested courses.

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Travis Meyer

Start Date: 2/7/2004 Status: Clear
Travis has finished his military service. He is currently re-certing all of his technician status’, which have been on hold while on Active Duty, as well as learning the office procedures and new programs.

Travis is a Lead Instructor with RTI. As a member of Central Texas Rescue, he has assisted in several rescues. He has taught classes both throughout the US and in Mexico. Quite an accomplishment at 19. Travis was promoted to Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp, his specialty training as an Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewmember at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He has completed Firearms Coaching Course qualifying as Expert in rifles and Sharpshooter in pistols. He has been deployed to Afghanistan, 2010 Halifax International Fleet Review in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2011 Fleet Week in New York, New York. Honorably discharged from the USMC and currently working on his degree at Texas Lutheran College.

Travis is a Lead International Instructor in FAST, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, Surf PWC, Vertical, Cave, Ground Search and Survival training.

Instructor Preceptor: Yes

International Instructor: Yes

Lead Instructor: FAST R1, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, Surf Rescue PWC, VRT 1, VRT 2, CRT 1, CRT 2, Wilderness Survival 1, Wilderness Survial 2

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, FAST RBO, FAST PWC, Surf Rescue PWC, VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, CRT 1, CRT 2, Wilderness Survial 1, Wilderness Survial 2

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INSTRUCTOR PRECEPTOR – has been awarded the ability to coach and sign off upcoming Apprentice Instructors.

Tyson Frazier

TFrazier@saratogaspringscity.com

Start Date: 8/1/2012 Status: Clear
Tyson is a Captain with the Saratoga Springs Fire & Rescue, located in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Tyson, like most of or instructors, wears many hats. Structural fire, EMT P, Wild Land Firefighter, Ice Rescue, vertical rescue among others. Tyson is a RTI Lead Instructor for Personal Water Craft Lake Rescue. He was instrumental in developing the program for Saratoga Springs and other local departments on Utah Lake. Tyson is also on the spearhead committee of the Utah USAR .

Instructor Preceptor / Lead Instructor: LPWC 1

Technician Ratings: LPWC 1, FAST 1, FRBO 1

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Monty Reed

mtreed@nmb.us

Start Date: 3/5/2008 Status: Clear
Monty works for the North Myrtle Beach Police Department and is the Supervisor of the Beach Patrol and Lifeguards on one of the busiest beaches on the Atlantic seaboard. Monty is a Lead Instructor for RTI in PWC Surf Rescue and PWC Lake Rescue.

Instructor Preceptor: Surf Rescue PWC

Lead Instructor: Surf Rescue PWC

Technician Ratings: Surf Rescue PWC

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INTERNATIONAL INSTRUCTOR – has earned the rating to work with translators, is multi-lingual and understands the requirements of the country’s procedures, laws and policies regarding survival / rescue.

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LEAD INSTRUCTOR – able to conduct specific listed courses to anyone.

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Ray Gregory

leathernecksart@aol.com

Start Date: 5/13/2010
Ray is a Firefighter with Victoria Fire Dept. He served 8 years as a US Marine, 11 years as a firefighter, 8 years as a Paramedic.

Corporate Instructor

Lead Instructor: FAST R1, FAST R2, FAST RBO 1, VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, GSAR 1, Confined Space

Apprentice Instructor: GSAR 2

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, FAST RBO 1, GSAR 1, GSAR 2, VRT1

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Jesse McGraw

jessemmcgraw@gmail.com

Start Date: 8/31/2016 Status: Clear City: Cleveland State: Texas

Corporate Instructor

Jesse is a is a combat vet who has served 18 months in Iraq and is now working for Liberty County EMS where he works as part of a ambulance crew as well as a SWAT medic for Liberty County SWAT team.  Jesse has over 20 years of firefighting / rescue experience and is now a Captain of Liberty County HazMat team and  Captain/K9 in one of the volunteer fire departments in Liberty County.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1, FAST 1

Apprentice Instructor: GSAR 2, FAST 2, FRBO1, VRT 1

Technician: GSAR 1, GSAR 2, FAST 1, FAST 2, FRBO 1, VRT 1

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Bryan Rooney

bryanroon@gmail.com

Start Date: 8/2/2003 Status: Clear City: Austin State: Texas

Corporate Instructor

Bryan is a software developer with Nokia in Austin, Texas where he is also an active member of the Nokia Emergency Response Team. He is an experienced Adventure Racer with several years of racing experience ranging from 2-6 hour sprints (including Hi-Tec and Balance Bar) to multi-day races and the special test director for the “Womens Adventure Race” in Austin and Dallas.

Bryan is a Lead Instructor for ARC, VRT 1&2, FAST R1 and Wilderness Survival.

Lead Instructor: Adventure Racing Certification, FAST R1, VRT 1, VRT 2

Technician Ratings: Adventure Racing Certification, FAST R1, FAST R2, VRT 1 – CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN, VRT 2 – CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN, VRT 3, Wilderness Survival 1

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Chance Berry

Chance.Berry@texsar.org

Start Date: 9/25/2012
Chance is a member of TEXSAR, an all volunteer search and rescue organization.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1, FAST 1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, GSAR 1

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Will Boettner

will.boettner@texsar.org

Lead Instructor

Start Date: 9/25/2012
Will is a member of TEXSAR, an all volunteer search and rescue organization.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, GSAR 1

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Jason Botcher

Start Date: 10/4/2010
Jason has been in the fire service since 1998. He is the new Fire Marshal with the Gainesville Fire and Rescue, in Gainesville, Texas, USA. Jason has an Associates Degree in Applied Science Fire Protection, Associates in Applied Science Fire Investigation, member of the Gainesville Fire Dept Technical Rescue Team and Swiftwater Team. He is also a member of Texas Task Force 1.

Lead Instructor: VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3,

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, FAST RBO 1, Lake RBO, VRT 1 – CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN, VRT 2 – CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN, VRT 3

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Donnie Constrasitch

North Myrtle Beach PD/Beach Patrol

Start Date: 3/5/2008 Status: Clear
Donnie is a Lead Instructor for RTI in PWC Surf Rescue and PWC Lake Rescue.

Lead Instructor: Surf Rescue PWC

Technician Ratings: Surf Rescue PWC

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Jose I. Contreras Martinez

jmartinez@gmail.com

Start Date: 8/26/2008 Status: Clear
Ismael is the Comandante for Rescate 911 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Ismael was part of the first group that came to the United States in 2000 seeking training for flooding. In Monterrey, NL, Mexico, the Rio Santa Catarina is a dry barren river bed until it rains. Being in a mountain bowl, all waters run off quickly into the river. Many fatalities each year and numerous rescue are performed. Ismael has been assisting each year since 2000. He has now achieved the rank of Lead Instructor for FAST R1.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1 1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2

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Jason Dobbs

jason.e.dobbs.txsg@gmail.com

Start Date: 9/22/2014 Status: Clear
Jason is currently a Petty Officer in the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment. He has deployed with the Guard to two notable SAR mission, Big Bend State Park and Garden Ridge, Texas SAR. He has four years experience as a fire arms instructor.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1,GSAR 2

Apprentice Instructor: 

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Gustavo Federico Eimbcke Flores

Start Date: 9/7/2012
Tavo is certified in Basic First Aid, Bomberdos, and Rescatista with Rescate 911 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Helping out with rescues and recoveries during the Hurricane Alex flooding that hit Monterrey in 2010.;Tavo is working on his requirements for FAST R1 Instructor.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1

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Greg Fair

Start Date 12/12/2015       Status: Clear

City: Bedford        State:  Texas        Country: USA
Greg is the Team Lead for the North Texas of TEXSAR

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Apprentice Instructor: 

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, FAST 1, FAST RBO1

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Joey Flores

Start Date: 6/8/2007 Status: Clear
Joey is a Lieutenant with Mission Fire Department in Texas. He has nine years experience with Mission and ten years on the Special Operations Team. He is an Advanced Firefighter, Intermediate instructor, and Fire Officer I. Also an EMT-B and played a vital role in developing the Spec Ops Team which received the “Lone Star Achievement Award” in 2005 by the Texas Fire Chief’s Association.

Joey is a Lead Instructor in VRT 1, 2 & 3

International Instructor: Yes

Technician Ratings: VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3,

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Brandon Goering

brandon.goering@texsar.org

Start Date: 9/25/2012 Status: Clear City: Austin State: TX Country: USA
Brandon Goering is a member of TEXSAR, an all volunteer search and rescue organization.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Apprentice Instructor: GSAR 2

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2, FRBO 1, GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Gary Greer

Start Date 01/09/2016       Status: Clear

City: Spring        State:  Texas        Country: USA
Gary Greer is from the Houston, TX area, He’s self-employed in the energy industry, and volunteers as a Petty Officer in the Texas State Guard where he serves as a radio communication technician and SAR Team Leader. His certifications include All-Hazards Communication Technician, All-Hazards Communication Lead, GSAR1, and GSAR2. He also volunteers with Harris County Amateur Radio Emergency Services. Prior to joining the Texas State Guard, he served 12 years in various leadership and training positions in the Boy Scouts of America.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Shawn Hohnstreiter

shawn.hohnstreiter@texsar.org

Lead Instructor

Start Date: 5/29/2012
Shawn is the Chairman and Operations Chief for TEXSAR (Texas Search And Rescue) based in Travis County, Texas. He is the President / Owner of his own General Contracting business and spent 18 months helping to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Shawn has completed training in FAST R1 & R2, VRT 1 & 2, GSAR 1, SARTECH 2, and Accredited National SAR School Planner. Shawn earned his Lead Instructor in FAST R1.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: VRT 1, VRT 2, FAST R1, FAST R2, FRBO 1

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Cyla Huber

huberhome@austin.rr.com

Start Date: 12-13-2014 Status: Clear

City: Dripping Springs State: Texas Country: USA
Cyla Huber is currently serving in the Texas State Guard in Search and Rescue (SAR) Platoon, has SAR-1 and SAR-2 Qualifications as well as MEMS, CERT, and CISM. Currently serves Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) utilizing her CERT and CISM qualifications as part of their CERT/CISM Response Team. She honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1988-1994, completing two WestPac Tours to include Okinawa, Philippines and South Korea. She currently serves on the Board of Director’s of the OV-10 Bronco Association, Lifetime Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4443, Past President and Vice President of Women Marine Association, starting with local chapter and currently lifetime member of Women Marines Association, Member of the American Legion Onion Creek 326 Chapter and Marine Corps League where she currently serves.

Cyla was promoted to 2LT this year and has been assigned as the GSAR Director for the Texas State Guard.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Joseph Huston

Start Date 12/12/2015       Status: Clear

City: The Woodlands        State:  Texas        Country: USA
Joe is a member of the Gulf Coast section of TEXSAR

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, FAST 1, FAST RBO1

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Shane Keese

keese@hctc.net

Lead Instructor

Start Date: 12/14/08 City: Medina State: Texas Country: USA
Shane is the Fire Chief of the Medina Volunteer Fire Department.

Lead Instructor: VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3

Technician Ratings: VRT 1 VRT 2, VRT 3

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Dawn Keller

Start Date 12/12/2015       Status: Clear

City: Gardendale        State:  Texas        Country: USA
Greg is the Team Lead for the West Texas of TEXSAR

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2, FAST 1

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Dean McCann

deanmccann@swatteamusa.com

Start Date: 2/18/2012
Dean McCann is a former Army Ranger, retired Patrol Sergeant and SWAT Operations Sergeant of the Odessa Police Department. During his tenure in the military and on SWAT, he has participated in over 600 High Risk Warrant services, Hostage Situations and Barricaded Subjects, while in a leadership capacity. He has also been a motion picture Technical Adviser on three movies, training personnel on topics including rappelling, rope rigging, weapons and fight choreography. Dean currently works as a Senior Safety Technician for the HSE Division of Boots and Coots, a legendary oil field blow prevention company that set the standard in blow out prevention throughout the world. Dean has instructed civilian, military and law enforcement personnel since 1984 in over 30 topics and is a regular speaker on Safety and Security topics for members of the oil field community in West Texas. Dean is honored to be a proud member of the excellent training staff of RTI and is looking forward to continuing their long tradition of excellent training standards. Dean’s internet site is located at www.swatteamusa.com.

Lead Instructor: VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, Confined Space

Technician Ratings: VRT 1, VRT 2, VRT 3, Confined Space

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Miguel Medina

Start Date 02/23/2011       Status: Clear

City: Houston       State:  Texas        Country: USA
Miguel was part of the initial Window Washer Technician training for Metroclean Houston. He assisted each class as a translator and demonstrator of skills and techniques. Over the past several years, he assisted in teaching the classes. In January 2016 he completed his Apprentice Instructor rating for the Window Washer Technician 1 Lead Instructor.

Lead Instructor: WWT 1

Apprentice Instructor: 

Technician Ratings: WWT 1

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Jose Angel Moreno Marquez

Start Date: 8/25/2010
Angel is certified in Basic First Aid, Bomberdos, and Rescatista with Rescate 911 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Helping out with rescues and recoveries during the Hurricane Alex flooding that hit Monterrey in 2010.;Angel just completed his requirements for FAST R1 Instructor.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1

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Leonardo Plotini

plotini@yahoo.com

Start Date: 10/20/2012
Leo is a Chief Petty Officer in the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment. He is also a volunteer with the Edna VFD. Leo is currently in the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment which, amongst others, is tasked with disaster response, searching for missing persons, catastrophic events and more.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

Technician Ratings: Hurricane 1st Responder, GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Joe Ringnald

Start Date 01/09/2016       Status: Clear

City: Willow Park       State:  Texas        Country: USA
Joe was born in Des Moines, Ia and got to Texas as quickly as possible!! He is married to Andrea, his wife of 20 years, and has a daughter Joanna. Joe came to the Texas State Guard in 2011 and has been hooked ever since.The opportunity to serve the people of Texas has been gratifying and a true honor.Joe was introduced to RTI in the GSAR 1 class and has been deployed since then in times of “Texans” needs. He continues to work toward improving the readiness of the Texas State Guard through teaching others in the practice of search and rescue.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: GSAR 1

Apprentice Instructor: GSAR 2

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Aaron Self

Start Date: 2/23/2013 Status: Clear City: McKinney State: TX Country: USA
Aaron served in the United States Army from 1995-2005 as a Staff Sergeant, deployed to Bosnia and Iraq, completed defense language school for Chinese, 2008-2009 Counter Narcotics contractor in Afghanistan, and since 2005 he is a Police Officer with McKinney Police Department. Since 2010 Aaron has been in the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment and currently a Chief Petty Officer. TMAR is tasked with disaster response, searching for missing persons, catastrophic events and more.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Jaime Slaughter

Start Date 01/09/2016       Status: Clear

City: Austin        State:  Texas        Country: USA
Jaime is an Assistant District Attorney with Travis County, he is on the Board of Directors for Colin’s Hope (www.colinshope.org) drowning prevention, rock climbing, snow skiing, former modern pentathlete,  windsurfing, SCUBA, mountaineering / hiking, licensed paramedic. He is also a medic for the Texas State Guard.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Frank Smith

Frsmith@NMB.US

Start Date: 9/26/2013 Status: Clear
Frank is a police officer with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, a senior Life Guard for NMB Beach Patrol and an Apprentice Instructor teaching PWC Surf Rescue.

LEAD Instructor: PWC Surf 1

Technician Ratings: PWC Surf 1, Hurricane Response Technician 1

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Jeff Smith

jsmith@lehi-ut.gov

Apprentice Instructor

Start Date: 8/1/2012 Status: Clear
Jeff is a Firefighter with the Saratoga Springs Fire & Rescue, located in Saratoga Springs, Utah and Lehi Fire Department located in Lehi, Utah. Jeff, like most of or instructors, wears many hats. Structural fire, EMT P, Wild Land Firefighter, Ice Rescue, vertical rescue among others. Jeff is a RTI Apprentice Instructor for Personal Water Craft Lake Rescue.

Lead Instructor: LPWC 1

Technician Ratings: LPWC 1

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Ricky Thomas

marinetek01@gmail.com

Start Date: 2/23/2013
Ricky is a Warrant Officer 1st Class with the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment. He is also an Assistant Chief for Volunteer Fire Department. He also served in the United States Navy and Chicago Fire Department before retiring. Ricky was also certified an a PADI Open Water Instructor (Master), Public Safety Safety Diver Specialty Instructor. Ricky was in in the Texas State Guard Maritime Regiment which, amongst others, is tasked with disaster response, searching for missing persons, catastrophic events and more.

Lead Instructor: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

Technician Ratings: GSAR 1, GSAR 2

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Patricio Varela Gzz.

Start Date: 8/25/2010
Pato is an EMT B, Bomberdos, and Rescatista with Rescate 911 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. Helping out with rescues and recoveries during the Hurricane Alex flooding that hit Monterrey in 2010.

Pato just completed his requirements for FAST R1 Instructor.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1

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Greg Qualls

greg.qualls@beforetx.go

Lead Instructor

Start Date: 2/5/2014
Greg is a Driver Paramedic for the Bedford Fire Department. He has been a state certified firefighter since 1996, EMT P since 1998, Rescue Specialist since 2001 with Texas Task Force 1, Technical Rescue Coordinator for Bedford Fire Department and North East Fire Association from 2003-2014, Swiftwater Rescue Coordinator for Bedford Fire Department and North East Fire Association from 2009-2014, Rescue Diver Certification since 1998 (PADI),PADI Dive Master, SCUBA Instructor NASE & NAUI 1999-2014, and now a Departmental Instructor for Rescue Boat Operator 1 for RTI.

Lead Instructor: FRBO 1

Technician Ratings: FRBO 1

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Gererado F. Venegas Garza

ggarza@gmail.com

Start Date: 8/26/2008 Status: Clear
Barry works for Rescate 911 in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Barry was part of the first group that came to the United States in 2000 seeking training for flooding. In Monterrey, NL, Mexico, the Rio Santa Catarina is a dry barren river bed until it rains. Being in a mountain bowl, all waters run off quickly into the river. Many fatalities each year and numerous rescue are performed. Barry has been assisting and interpreting each year since 2000. He has now achieved the rank of Lead International Instructor for FAST R1.

International Instructor: FAST R1

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1, FAST R2

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Michael Neil Sorenson

Start Date: 8/27/2010
Neil currently works for Travis County ESD #4 for 4 years. He is an EMT B and FAST R1.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Technician Ratings: FAST R1

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Paul Benjamin

pbenjamin@esd4.org

Start Date: 5/9/2012
Paul Benjamin has spent 7 years in the fire service and is currently is a Lieutenant on an Engine company for Travis County ESD 4, which services the areas surrounding the City of Austin. Along with being a lead Instructor for Travis County ESD 4’s Fire Academy, he is in the RTI Instructor Program to become a lead instructor for VRT 1,2,and 3.

Lead Instructor: FAST R1

Apprentice Instructor: VRT 1

Technician Ratings: VRT 1, VRT 2, FAST R1

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