Professional Service Since 1981 (Volunteer), 1989 (Career) | CMC Since 2017


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.


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Covers NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 (Rope Rescue) Technician Level Skills. Rope Rescue Technician III is an advanced rope rescue training for the serious professional.
Covers NFPA 1006 Chapter 6 (Structural Collapse Rescue) Operations Level Skills. Structural Collapse Rescue is an intensive 24-hour class that provides hands-on training and real life scenarios allowing the student to gain confidence in a building a variety of shores.
Don’t see the class you want? Request a Contract Class   We will design one for you! Contract classes are available in: Rope Rescue REMS/ Remote Rescue Vertical Skills Confined Space Rescue Trench Rescue Tower Rescue Structural Collapse Shoring Arizona Vortex Training Rescue for Stage Riggers Rescue from Fall Protection Contract classes can be tailored to your specific needs and taught at your location. This allows your rescue team to develop skills based on the situations they would most likely encounter.
Covers NFPA 1006 Chapter 5 (Rope Rescue) Operations and Technician level skills. Rope Rescue Technician I/II provides an intensive 40-hour high-angle rescue class that teaches skills required by fire departments, mountain, and industrial rescue teams.
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