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The Guys

” A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
– Henry Adams

JOHN MCKENTLY | DIRECTOR / LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Professional Service Since 1974 | With CMC Since 1995

Occupation / Agencies

  • Director / Lead Instructor, CMC School
  • Instructor, California Governor’s Office Of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Search Management And Winter Search Management, California Peace Officer Standards And Training (Post) Certified
  • Instructor, Mine Rescue (MSHA)
  • Instructor, California State Fire Training
  • Rope Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Member, California State Fire Training
  • Rope Rescue Technician Working Group
  • Confined Space Technician Working Group
  • Member, Montrose (CA) Search And Rescue Team, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

CMC School instructors are passionate, dedicated teaching professionals who bring high-level technical knowledge and real-life rescue experience to each and every class.

Recognized as some of the industry’s most experienced rescue professionals, their highly effective hands-on training and emphasis on learn by doing sets the CMC School apart.

Collectively they possess more than 500 years of pride in professional service, and they’ve faced nearly every rescue situation imaginable. Individually they participate in advanced rescue training seminars and techniques, contribute to NFPA and ASTM committees shaping and setting industry standards, and work extensively with their respective state training organizations.

CMC School instructors are all members of emergency response units and actively answer the call to building collapses, mountain, industrial and underground rescue. They are trusted and respected teachers representing the industry’s best-practice techniques and equipment for emergency response professionals.

LEROY HARBACH | SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Professional Service Since 1981 (Retired) | CMC Since 1999

Occupation / Agencies

  • Firefighter, City Of Waukesha (Wi) Fire Department
  • Battalion Chief / Training Officer, Caledonia Fire Department
  • Member, City Of Waukesha (Wi) Special Services Team
  • Member, United States Air Force Reserve

FRED SALAZAR | SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Professional Service Since 1990 | CMC Since 1995

Occupation / Agencies

  • Firefighter / Paramedic, Colorado Springs (Co) Fire Department
  • Industrial Firefighter, Chevron Corporation
  • Instructor, National Center For Emergency Response For Surface Transportation (NCERTC)

DAN “KAZ” KAZMIERSKI | SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Professional Service Since 1986 | CMC Since 1999

Occupation / Agencies

  • Firefighter And Member, Heavy Urban Rescue Team, Milwaukee (Wi) Fire Department
  • Assistant Chief Training Officer, Palmyra (Wi) Fire Department

WAYNE CHAPMAN | SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

In Professional Service Since 1989 | CMC Since 1993

Occupation / Agencies

  • Captain, Former Helicopter Crew Chief And Fema Urban Search & Rescue Coordinator, Orange County (Ca) Fire Authority
  • Instructor, Fema, Structural Collapse Specialist, Certified Level II
  • California State Fire Training
  • Rope Rescue Technician/Confined Space Rescue Technician/Rescue Systems III (Senior Instructor)
  • Rescue Systems I (Primary Instructor)
  • Member, California State Fire Training
  • Rope Rescue Technician Curriculum Development Working Group
  • Confined Space Technician Working Group
  • Member, Fema Catf-5 Heavy Equipment And Rigging Specialist
  • Member, California Oes, Regional Task Force Working Group
  • Member, Astm F-32 Committee On Search And Rescue
  • Member (Non-Voting), Fema, Rescue Sub Group
  • Nationally Certified Rigger Level I And Ii (NCCCO)

JIM BOLTON | SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Professional Service Since 1987 | CMC Since 1998

Occupation / Agencies

  • Operator / Paramedic, Reno (NV) Fire Department
  • Director, Reno (NV) Fire Department Urban Search And Rescue Team
  • Firefighter, Bend And Portland (Or) Fire Departments (Previous)
  • Member, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search And Rescue Team

OTHER INSTRUCTORS

Alan Baker
In Professional Service Since 1992
Joined CMC in 1994

 

  • Firefighter, Newport Beach (Ca) Fire Department
  • Instructor, California State Fire Training
  • Rope Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Rescue Systems I And Ii (Senior Instructor)
  • Trench Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Low-Angle Rope Rescue Operations
  • Society Of Professional Rope Access Technicians (Sprat) Level 1
  • Member, California State Fire Training
  • Trench Rescue Technician – Curriculum Development Working Group
  • Rescue Systems 2 – Working Group
  • Rescue Systems 1 – Working Group
Dan Claridge
In Professional Service Since 2001
Joined CMC in 2014
  • Firefighter Paramedic, City Of Glendale Fire Department (Ca)
  • California State Fire Training
  • Rescue Systems I (Primary Instructor)
  • Rescue Systems Ii (Senior Instructor)
  • Trench Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Member, California Regional Task Force 4
  • Member, California OES, Regional Task Force Working Group
Dave Clarke
In Professional Service Since 1976
Joined CMC in 2017
  • Fire Captain, City Of Gresham (Oregon) Fire Department, 1987-2013
  • Fire Instructor, Gateway Technical College
  • Team Leader, Gresham Fire Department, High Angle And Confined Space Rescue Team
  • Rescue Leader And Training Chair, Portland Mountain Rescue
  • Past President, Mountain Rescue Association
Doug McElmury
In Professional Service Since 1981
Joined CMC in 2017
  • Fire Chief, Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue (Retired)
  • Fire Instructor, Gateway Technical College
  • High Angle Training Coordinator, Mabas Division 4 And 5 Specialized Response Teams (Previous)
  • Member, Kenosha County Specialized Response Teams
  • Lieutenant, Wheatland Fire Department (Previous)
  • Firefighter EMT-I, Lake Geneva Fire Department (Previous)
  • Firefighter EMT, Paris Fire And Rescue
Jim Haakenson
In Professional Service Since 1996
Joined CMC in 2015
  • Fire Captain, City Of Gresham (Oregon) Fire Department, 1987-2013
  • Fire Instructor, Gateway Technical College
  • Team Leader, Gresham Fire Department, High Angle And Confined Space Rescue Team
  • Rescue Leader And Training Chair, Portland Mountain Rescue
  • Past President, Mountain Rescue Association
Justin Klopfenstein
In Professional Service Since 2001
Joined CMC in 2015
  • Captain, City Of Oceanside Fire Department (Ca)
  • Instructor
  • California State Fire Training
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician (Primary Instructor)
  • Trench Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue
  • Member, FEMA California Task Force 8
Kelly Byrne
In Professional Service Since 1993
Joined CMC in 2013
  • Owner / Founder, Rescue 2 Training
  • Firefighter, Washington (DC) Fire Department, Rescue 2
  • Instructor, Washington (DC) Fire Department, Special Operations Division
  • Member, Society Of Professional Rope Access Technicians (Sprat), Level III
Matt Scharper
In Professional Service Since 1978
Joined CMC in 2013
  • Deputy Chief, State Search And Rescue Coordinator, California Governor’s Office Of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Law Enforcement Division
  • Course Coordinator, California Governor’s Office Of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Search Management And Winter Search Management, California Peace Officer Standards And Training (Post) Certified
  • Local SAR Team Instructor, Rope Rescue
  • Member, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Typing And Credentialing Committees; Search And Rescue, And Emergency Management
  • Member, State Search And Rescue Coordinators’ Council, Past Vice Chairman
Scott Purdy
In Professional Service Since 1993
Joined CMC in 2008
  • Battalion Chief/Shift Commander, City Of Waukesha (Wi) Fire Department And Special Services Team
  • Fire Instructor, Waukesha County (Wi) Technical College
Stan Klopfenstein
In Professional Service Since
Joined CMC in 1997
  • Santa Fe Springs Fire Department Since 1977
  • Division Chief (Retired), Santa Fe Springs (Ca) Fire Department
  • California State Fire Training
  • Rescue Systems I (Primary Instructor)
  • Rescue Systems Ii (Senior Instructor)
  • Confined Space Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Trench Rescue Technician (Senior Instructor)
  • Low Angle Rope Rescue Operational (Primary Instructor)
  • Member, California State Fire Training
  • Trench Rescue Technician – Curriculum Development Working Group (Chair Of Committee)
  • Rescue Systems 2 – Working Group
  • Rescue Systems 1 – Working Group
Steve McNeil
In Professional Service Since 1998
Joined CMC in 2017
  • Firefighter, Diablo Canyon Fire Department (Ca)
  • Firefighter, San Luis Obispo County Fire (Ca)
  • Industrial Firefighter, Phillips 66 (Previous)
  • Member, Santa Barbara County Search And Rescue (Previous)
William (Bill) Proctor
In Professional Service Since 1985
Joined CMC in 2017
  • Employed By Safety Access & Rescue Since 2000
  • Instructor, Wilderness / Industrial Rescue
  • Level 3 Rope Access Technician
  • Military Parachute Jump Instructor, 10 Years
  • Mountain / Outdoor Instructor, Australian School Of Mountaineering, 7 Years

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