Episode 3 - David Harper | CMC Instructor Series



Join us weekly to get to know our CMC School instructors. This week we are joined by David Harper. David started his career by taking an EMT class in Highschool. He worked his way up from an EMT at a private ambulance company to a Fire Bataillon Chief. David has worked with FEMA and managed both a rescue team and squad. David has been teaching for CMC since August 2021 and instructs Rope Rescue and Confined Spaces classes. In his personal time David works on his farm at home in Montana.

Overheard this episode:

“I’ve been a member of the FEMA Task Force for about 10 years now, been on there as a Rescue Squad Officer, Rescue Team Manager, and currently one of the Task Force Leaders for California Task Force 5.”

“The middle of the call isn’t the time to start having what we call the ‘good idea fairy’ come up in the middle.”

“There is certainly an art to teaching.”

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