Doug has 39 years of experience in technical rescue, starting out as a volunteer firefighter in Wheatland, WI; serving as Paid-per Call Firefighter EMT-I in Lake Geneva, WI; and then as a career FireMedic in Pleasant Prairie, WI. He worked his way through the ranks and retired as the Fire Chief of Pleasant Prairie Fire Rescue in 2017 after 28 years of service. McElmury has served as the Team Coordinator for the Kenosha County Specialized Response Team and the High Angle Training Coordinator, Mabas Division 4 Specialized Response Team in Lake County, IL. He has coordinated and taught Technical Rescue courses as well as Fire Certification courses and Incident Command courses for Gateway Technical College since 1984.
Doug is currently the Assistant Rescue School Director for CMC Rescue, Goleta, CA, traveling nationwide teaching Rope Rescue and Confined Space Rescue. He is one of the hosts of the CMC Podcast and is in or the narrator of, many instructional videos on the CMC social media pages and the CMC App. McElmury has had the opportunity to teach at many different types of facilities including water treatment, coal-fired power generation, hydroelectric dams, refineries, chemical plants, paper mills, military academy, military bases, and a deep space communication facility. He is currently part of a small team updating a Confined Space Rescue Manual used around the world.