Professional Service Since 1974 | CMC Since 1995


John has 49 years of Technical/SAR experience.  His rescue service started at a recruitment meeting for the Montrose, CA Search and Rescue Team.  He knew about the Montrose Search and Rescue Team from his days in the Boy Scouts, newspaper articles about SAR missions and from other personal contact with Team members.  They interviewed over 100 people from the initial recruitment meeting and accepted 13.  Seven recruits passed the Sheriff’s background check and went through the Sheriff’s academy together.  He had a couple of different “real” jobs during this time, including 20 years at a financial institution, but eventually his hobby turned into a job with 25 years as a School Instructor and eventually School Director at CMC.

John worked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 47 years as a Reserve Deputy/Mountain Rescue Specialist.  He was also a SME/Instructor for the Law Enforcement Branch of California OES for 35 years.  Although retired, John is still active, engaged and instructing for CMC and OES.  He has many years of practical experience with wilderness search and rescue operations, many of which required high angle rope techniques. John is one of only two people who are MSHA instructors for Mine Rescue.

CMC School classes taught by John include Rope Rescue Technician I/II/III, Confined Space Rescue and custom training offerings in specialized environments such as Tower Rescue, Rope Access for Bridge Inspectors, as well as Arizona Vortex Workshops.  When asked what he likes about teaching classes for CMC, he replied: “Working with different instructors who have different backgrounds and experiences.  Having an inside track on developing equipment to make performing rescues easier/faster/safer.  Going to different locations to teach not only for the change of scenery but to learn about their unique situations and work with them on how to best perform rescues in their environment.  Hearing back from students who have had successful rescue operations and being told ‘that stuff really works.'”


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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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