SARCon Speaker/Instructor Biographies
Captain Wendi Babst began
her career with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office 1984 as an office
specialist. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1988. She
worked in the patrol division and held positions as Field Training
Officer and Public Information Officer during her time as a
deputy. Babst was promoted to the rank of Detective in 1988 and
served as a major crimes detective until 2005. From 2005 to 2006
she again held the Public Information Officer position until she was
promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May of 2006. As a sergeant
she worked assignments in the patrol division and was the team leader
for the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and as the supervisor of the
Cadet Program. In 2007, she was selected as the program director
for the multi-disciplinary Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team
(DVERT) and during that time helped to establish the Inter-agency Child
Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) and served as the sergeant
there until 2009, when she was promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant. As a lieutenant she had served as a patrol watch
commander, the Chief of Police for the cities of Happy Valley, Damascus
and Estacada, the commander of the Clackamas County Inter-agency Drug
Task Force (CCITF) and special investigations unit (SIU) and as the
lieutenant for the investigations division. In March of 2014, she
was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Support Services
Division. In June of 2015, she was selected and attended the
260th session of the FBI National Academy.
Captain Babst is currently the program manager for Crisis Intervention Training and serves as an instructor at the semi-annual trainings for sheriff’s office and other regional CIT programs.
Captain Babst has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Oregon University and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University. For the past 6 years she has been teaching criminal justice courses at Clackamas Community College as part of their adjunct faculty.
She lives with her husband of 31 years and has five sons.
Jeff Beckman has been on the
San Diego Mountain Rescue Team for 9 years. He is qualified as a
Type I Alpine rescuer and Technical Rescue Specialist. Jeff has
been closely involved with the deployment of technology in the command
post, including the use of computer aided search planning tools and
remotely piloted vehicles. Professionally, Jeff is a mechanical
engineer working in the aerospace industry.
Bozeb Beckwith wears a lot
of hats: He works for both AMR and Portland Fire, is a valued
member of the AMR Reach and Treat Team as well as Portland Mountain
Rescue, snowshoes, and skis. He has a wide variety of wilderness
travel and rescue experience and often acts as a liaison between the
many groups he is a part of.
Robin Blandford has 13 years
of service as a volunteer in the Irish Coast Guard and is currently
acting as Deputy Officer In Charge (DOiC) for the North Dublin coastal
area - one of the busiest teams in Ireland. Prior to this, Robin
previously qualified as Cliff Rescue & Casualty Recovery
Instructor, Training Officer, Equipment Officer, and SAR Boat Coxswain.
Their local team of 25 volunteers carry out around 85 coastal rescues a
year in the highly populated region they cover.
In 2008, Robin combined his background in the Coast Guard with his studies in Digital Media Engineering to become CEO and Founder of D4H Technologies. D4H is the #1 data management software for emergencies and incidents worldwide, providing “Right Information When Things Go Wrong” within SAR units, industrial facilities, public safety teams, and corporate crises for more than 8 years.
Dr. Lisa Briggs is a full
professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina
University and co-owner of Search Recovery Consultants. She is also the
president of the State of North Carolina Criminal Justice Association.
She has been recognized as being one of the top educators in the state
of North Carolina, and holds a Ph.D. in Crime and Deviance, a Master of
Public Affairs, and a Master of Science. She has field experience in
law enforcement and criminal justice and has taught at several major
universities including University of Connecticut, North Carolina State
University, East Tennessee State University, and Western Carolina
She is a committed educator and has been recognized by receiving several teaching awards as well as service awards particularly because of her dedication to serving the community and the field of criminal justice. She is the author of over 25 academic publications including text books, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters. Importantly, she merges her commitment to education with her passion of being a human recovery canine handler and trainer. Her current research focus is on the science of human decomposition and the use of scent detection canines. She actively serves on local, state and federal missing person cases.
Josh Brown is a patrol
deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol
Division. Josh is an EMT and also an instructor with CCSO and has
a background in civilian emergency medicine.
Tim Chase began working for
Linn County in 1997 and has been involved in SAR since 2005.
During that time he has served in capacities ranging from search team
member, to team leader, to Incident Commander of multi-day
searches. Tim has a passion for search theory and the analytical
aspects of search planning.
Tim graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from OSU in 2008 where his studies focused on human behavior and psychology. Tim is the past chairperson of the Ground Search Management curriculum committee with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association. He is currently the SAR Coordinator for Lane County.
Dave Clarke has been an
active member of Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) since 2000. He
currently serves a Rescue Leader and trainer. He recently completed a
term as the President of the National Mountain Rescue Association
(MRA). Dave is retired from the Gresham Fire Department where he served
as a Captain and the leader of the technical rescue team. Dave has
delivered rope rescue presentations at several MRA conferences, at the
International Symposium on Technical Rescue (ITRS) and at the
International Commission on Alpine Rescue (ICAR).
PPE for the field session: gloves, helmet, harness.
Sergeant Sean Collinson has
been a member of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for the last 21
years and on the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office SAR team for the
past 16 years and the Sergeant on team for the past 11 years.
Sergeant Collinson is also a member of the Child Abduction Response
Team (CART) and the Peer Support Team for the Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Collinson has received extensive training in search management and
ICS and is currently a Ground Search Management instructor and Managing
Land Search Operations instructor for the State of Oregon and is the
President of Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Search and
Rescue. Sergeant Collinson has also been involved in several
hundred search and rescue missions across the state of Oregon to
include the helicopter crash on Mt. Hood (2002), the search for Fred
Frauens (2003) and assisted Hood River County with the Nikko Cooke,
Kelly James and Brian Hall search in December of 2006. Sgt.
Collinson has received meritorious service awards in 2002, 2012 and
2016 for his service in SAR; and he and his team received the SAR
Program of the Year in 2010. In 2013 he was part of the Ground
Search Management Team that received the SAR Program of the Year.
Deputy Justin Dersham has
been a Deputy with Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office for eight years.
During that time he has filled positions as a patrol Deputy, resident
Deputy, and firearms instructor. Deputy Dersham currently holds the
special assignment of the Forest Patrol Deputy. His current duties
include providing ATV Instruction to youths and adults through 4H along
with the ATV Safety Institute. Deputy Dersham is also a Ground Team
Coordinator for Clatsop County Search and Rescue and he patrols Clatsop
State Forest Lands.
Garin Duffield grew up in Eugene, OR, and has worked as a volunteer for the Dexter and Sheridan Fire Departments. He has always enjoyed the outdoors, and is an avid runner, fisherman, and backpacker. He is a member of the 2012 Reach and Treat (RAT) academy and currently works full-time on the RAT ambulance for American Medical Response.
Tom Evans attended the
University of Washington and earned four bachelor’s degrees (Geology,
Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Evolutionary Biology), then attended
Washington University and earned an M.A. in Geology. He spent two years
teaching and tutoring in the Seattle area before going back to graduate
school to earn a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and a Certificate in College
Teaching at Montana State University. Throughout this process he
realized how his cognitive skills could be utilized to benefit those
working at height (volunteer rope rescuers, fire/rescue personnel, rope
access technicians, etc.) to improve their safety. Tom started a
research program to generate data that could be utilized by the
professional rope user. His results have been presented at ITRS and
MRA/NASAR annual meetings, where he champions the use of data and
critical thinking to determine the safest and most efficient methods to
use. In addition, Tom is an ambassador for data-driven teaching and
learning techniques, and seeks to help others use these methods to
improve their professional practice. Recently Tom started a nonprofit,
SAR^3, to further rigging research and teaching.
John Gibson has been a
Deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office since 1995.
Deputy Gibson has been involved with search and rescue starting as an
Explorer with Multnomah County SAR in 1986 holding the positions of
Squad Leader, Post President, and Advisor. In 1997 Deputy Gibson
became Search and Rescue Coordinator with the Clackamas County
Sheriff’s Office. He held the position of President with the Mt.
Hood SAR Council for four years. He also held the position of
President/Chair of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for seven
years, and is currently the Vice Chair of the SAR Council. He is
also a member of the Oregon Governor’s Commission on Search and
Rescue. Deputy Gibson also instructs Managing Land Search
Operations classes as well as Incident Command courses. Deputy
Gibson has been involved with searching for three high profile missing
children cases: Ashley Pond, Miranda Gaddis, and Matal Sanchez.
Ian Gilbert-Ghormley has been active in search and rescue in Northwest Oregon for 11 years. He is a member of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR) and has been training search and rescue dogs for the last 6 years. He has assisted training new members and new dogs coming into search and rescue and helped solve training challenges with others. As the K9 Training Coordinator of NORSAR, he is responsible for helping and supporting the handlers with what they need to succeed, providing exercise ideas and guide new dog handlers. He also coordinates and proctors K9 testing based on the O.S.S.A. K9 standards to help prepare NORSAR’s dogs for the state certification tests. Ian is also an instructor for land navigation, searcher safety and survival and taught air scent K9 during SARCON 2015.
His 7-year old chocolate lab, Cora, has been state certified through
the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for Wilderness Air Scent for
3-years. Together they have responded to countless wilderness and urban
searches for a variety of missing subjects all over the region. Cora
and Ian have 3 finds, 2 were in 2016. Ian is proud to be a K9
handler with NORSAR and enjoy our SAR community and proud to respond to
searches for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. As the K9
Training Coordinator for NORSAR, he enjoys training dogs and helping
train K9s of all levels. He looks forward to helping new handlers
learn how to work with their dogs and enjoy search and rescue as much
as he does.
Keith Gillespie works full
time as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Albany Fire Department in
Albany, Oregon. He has been in the northwest since 1979. On his days
off Keith is seasonally found kayaking or rafting the Pacific Northwest
Rivers. With over 20 years’ experience in diving, river rescue,
Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting, Hazardous Materials,
Technical Rescue, Search and Rescue, and Whitewater Boating. He is
committed to safety using progressive techniques and equipment while
maintaining the high standards recognized in the rescue industry. He is
uniquely able to impact a casual instructional style to help learn
technical skill sets. Having spent time in the US Army he has had his
share of experiences and training. Shortly after starting a career with
Albany Fire department he began adding Rescue 3 International to his
credentials. He is now an Instructor Trainer and the Regional Director
for AK, WA and OR for Rescue 3 International. Keith has traveled
throughout most of the United States and even a few parts of the world
teaching. Oregon is what he calls home.
Phillip Graf is currently a Clark County (WA) Dive Rescue (CCDRT) Team Leader which since September 2013, where he is also the Training Officer to which he was appointed in September 2005. Graf is also a Deputy Sheriff and the Dive Team Liaison for the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. In addition to these responsibilities, he is a Chaplain for the CCDRT.
Graf began diving in 1968, became an active scuba diving educator (instructor) in 1984 and an instructor trainer in 2002. He teaches public safety diving for Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) and Divers Alert Network diving first aid for professional divers’ courses. He also instructs for the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) and Medic First Aid International (MFA).
Graf has traveled and consulted with dive teams in California,
Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Maine, Arizona, Idaho and South
Carolina to train various government agencies, county volunteer
departments, inspectors, emergency management teams, special operations
sections, fire departments, city police, sheriff’s offices, dive and
special rescue, rescue swimmers, fire and EMS teams. He enjoys teaching
along with the interaction and exchange of knowledge between peers.
Edwin Grant has over 28 years law enforcement and K9 experience. He was assigned to the largest manhunt in the US for 3 years working with all federal, state, and local agencies on the Eric Rudolph Olympic and serial bomber case. Edwin also worked K9 search and recovery for 9/11 and major hurricanes. He has worked all disciplines of scent detection dogs, Narcotics dog training for 12 years, ATF Arson and Accelerant dogs for 8 years, Trailing and Cadaver dogs for 27 years.
He is an expert witness in grave detection and analysis as well as
water search and recovery. Edwin has been credited with over 100 water
finds and recoveries. He has been involved in many high profile cases
for the FBI, SBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children. He was awarded the NC Governor Award for Officer of the Year,
The Southeast Officer of the Year Award, The Shikar Safari Award, The
Sophia Silva Award for the saving of human lives and the FBI award for
Exceptional Service in the Public Interest. Edwin has been involved in
over a thousand searches and has instructed, coordinated, and trained
K9’s all over the United States and around the world. Grant is the co-owner of Search Recovery Consultants.
Scott C. Hammond is a Professor of Management in the Jon Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and a volunteer search and rescue worker (K-9). He recently receive a "Breaking the Frame" award from the Western Academy of Management, and is the award winning author of “Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life and the Wilderness.” Scott's research on lost person behavior has been heard nationally on the Hugh Hewitt Show, NPR, and other radio networks, and he has been quoted by Newsweek, Fast Company, The Denver Post, the Jewish World Times, and other major media outlets. In 2016 Scott has spoken to SAR and first responder groups throughout the US, in England and in Africa.
Rod Hill has been a
meteorologist in the Portland market since 1999. A graduate of the
University of Missouri, Rod is a multiple Emmy Award Winner for the
Pacific Northwest Region and is a three time recipient of the Associate
Press award for best weathercast in Oregon. He currently is the morning
Sunrise meteorologist at KGW TV. Rod is also the founder and chief
meteorologist for PortlandWeather.com. The only local website developed
and operated by a local meteorologist in the Portland area. He lives in
Vancouver, Washington with his wife and daughter and hits the golf
course as often as possible!
Matt Jacobs is a W-EMT with
the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and Tahoe Nordic Search and
Rescue. He has developed a series of high resolution nationwide
map that are used by several popular smartphone applications, as well
as the recreational trip planning site caltopo and its SAR-specific
Sgt. Brian Jensen began his career in Law Enforcement as a Police Officer in the City of North Bend in 1994. He came to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. Sergeant Jensen has held a variety of positions that include K9 Handler, Motor Deputy, Drug Recognition Expert, SWAT, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and now holds the position of Public Information Officer for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Jerry King has been a Land
Surveyor for 38 years and recently retired as the City Surveyor for
Lake Oswego. He has been a member of Pacific Northwest Search and
Rescue for 3 years.
Stephen Korpi is the
President and a co-founder of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue
(NORSAR) and has been involved in K9 search and rescue since 2002. As a
team member, he has been involved in the training of K9’s and members,
and certified his own K9 in wilderness air scent. Stephen has been on
countless searches as a support member and handler in Oregon and
Washington utilizing K9’s for air scent, trailing, human remains
detection and water recovery.
John Krummenacker is a
sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol
Division. John is the supervisor of the Emergency Medical Team
and has a background in both civilian and military emergency medicine.
Bill Loud has been a Garmin Regional Trainer for nine years. In addition to handheld GPS units, Bill also trains on Garmin dog, running, cycling, marine and automotive products.
Jeff Salzer became involved
with ATVs while living in Alaska, during this time he used them for
many trips into to the backcountry with river crossings, glacier
riding, beaches, mud flats and even plowing snow. In 2005 he moved to
Washington State where he joined an ATV/Snow machine unit located in
Pierce County Washington, while with this unit he received extensive
training and experience from the unit and working directly with the
Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies. Jeff eventually became a unit trainer
and the ATV coordinator for that unit.
In 2012 Jeff’s unit was disbanded and he switched over to the Pierce County SAR 4x4 Unit with the intention of re-activating ATV’s in Pierce County. After working with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department they were able to have nine members certified field ready and able to respond in June of 2012. Jeff is currently the ATV Trainer for Pierce County SAR 4x4 Unit and recently became to Training Coordinator for all the unit’s training.
Jeff firmly believes that ATVs have a place in the SAR environment and can be used in a safe, efficient, and professional manner in a variety of ways to support many different types of SAR needs.
Craig McClure has been
active in Search and Rescue in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years as a
searcher, manager, and instructor. Craig is trained/certified as
an EMT and an MRA Rescue Leader . Residing in Central
Oregon he is Reserve Deputy working seasonally for Deschutes County
Sheriff, former team leader of the DCSSAR Incident Management Team, and
a SAR Manager. He remains active as a responder specializing in
medical callouts and winter response as a skilled backcountry skier and
snowmobiler. He is the principle partner in Crackerjack Response
Specialists LLC. CFRS LLC is a training and service team
providing contract event and remote medical services as well as
training for first responders working in the wilderness
environment. CFRS LLC is a licensed EMS agency and contracts
nationally for both medical and training services.
Craig is a member of the OSSA SARAC Curriculum and Standards Committee and co-author and instructor for the Oregon Ground Search Management class. He is also a certified instructor for Lost Person Behavior and Managing Land Search Operations. He has instructed for SARCON, WASAR, OSSA, OSP, NPS, USFS, NC Emergency Management, and other agencies throughout the US.
He has proudly attended or instructed at every NW SARCON.
Blake Miller received significant hands-on navigational training
during his 20 years of service in the US Navy. He has taught map and
compass, GPS and wilderness survival classes in Central Oregon since
1998. As a part-time faculty member at Central Oregon Community
College, he currently teaches land navigation classes to Natural
Resource students. He has been an active member of the Deschutes
County’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team since 2009. Blake is also a
featured speaker at the Washington SAR conference, Central Oregon
Sportsman Show, various community groups, and Cabelas. His articles
have been published in several national magazines and he writes a
monthly navigation column for seattlebackpackersmagazine.com.
Fernando Moreira Is a member of 9 SAR teams in Nevada California
Texas Hawaii and Oregon for tracking and he also works with SWAT teams
across the country for manhunts and crime scenes investigations.
Fernando has been involved in tracking for over 40 years and has assist
law enforcement in large manhunts for cop killers escapees and child
Kerry Noland is a Lead
Paramedic and currently works for American Medical Response NW in
Clackamas County Oregon. Noland has 21 years of EMS experience
and joined the AMR Reach and Treat Team in 2001. Kerry is a Team
Administrator and Training Academy Coordinator for both new recruits
and current members of the Reach and Treat Team. Kerry also has
extensive SAR experience with the National Park Service and brings that
experience to the Reach and Treat Team to increase the overall safety
and success of the team.
Formed in 2000, the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue (OHSTAR) team
is a skilled group of volunteers dedicated to animal rescue. The
team has been featured internationally in news and magazines, and is
best known for its high angle technical rope rescues of dogs off
cliffs. The team also uses technical rope systems to rescue cats
in trees and has helped the Audubon Society of Portland with placement
and rescue of birds in trees. The OHSTAR team provides public
outreach and education with regards to pet emergency preparedness as
well as safety and general preparedness for hiking/camping with your
dog. OHSTAR assists the Oregon Humane Society’s Investigations
department with hoarding cases, puppy mills, cruelty cases, and
emergency animal shelter care. The OHSTAR team gets deployed
nationally, in partnership with the ASPCA, to large-scale cruelty cases
and also natural disaster events such as Hurricane Katrina, Joplin
Tornado, and Superstorm Sandy.
Joe Rabinowitz is a Lead
Paramedic and currently works for American Medical Response NW in
Clackamas County Oregon on the Reach and Treat Team. He has 15
years EMS experience and joined the Reach and Treat Team in 2009.
Joe has quickly been gaining the necessary skills and experience to be
one of the most reliable members and leaders of the team. Joe has
been extensively involved in outdoor recreation for many years and
considers himself an amateur botanist. He is quickly able to
answer most botanical questions as they arise during trainings or
Michelle Renault is a 911 Supervisor with Hood River County, and has been employed with them for 18 years. Michelle lives in the Gorge with her husband Mike where they enjoy volunteering for the local fire department and teaching CPR and First Aid to the local responders.
Jerry Richert is a 17 year
veteran and a Captain in the Special Operations Division for the
Indianapolis Fire Department. He is also a Corporate Trainer for Dive
Rescue International. Jerry has worked in tactical rescue houses most
of his career. He is currently the coordinator for the dive and rope
rescue divisions for his fire department. A majority of his time with
Indianapolis Fire is spent on training and the equipment. Approximately
5 times a year Jerry spends his time traveling for Dive Rescue
International training Fire, Police, Rescue Squads and other public
safety agencies in multiple disciplines related to water rescue.
Marcel Rodriguez is a volunteer Search & Rescue Team Member and Rope Team Leader with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue in Portland, Oregon. Marcel currently holds qualifications as an EMT/WEMT, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Technical Rope Rescue-Technician Level Instructor for Rescue3. When not engaged in teaching and SAR activities, Marcel works in mergers & acquisitions for an international software company.
Chad Schroll has been an
employee at Warn Industries for 25 years. His first 5 years were spent
as a machinist, followed by 15 years in the test lab, specializing in
vehicle testing, and over the past 5 years has worked in Marketing as a
Systems Specialists. In past years, Chad has been involved with Stop
Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE) and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s
Office (CCSO) on abandoned vehicle recoveries. Chad continues to work
within Warn Industries development, fitment, and marketing teams, to
bring innovative and reliable products to the recovery field.
Ken Snell has spent 42 years
with the US Forest Service in wildland fire, and has since retired. He
has been a member of Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue for the past 4
Corey Stone is a SAR
Coordinator with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in
Oregon. Stone has been a SAR field team member for twenty-three
years and a SAR Coordinator for the last nineteen years. He has
been instructing various SAR related skills for two decades with a
specialization in land navigation; high and low angle rope access and
rope rescue, and managing land search operations. Stone has
taught land navigation classed to SAR organizations, narcotics
enforcement, SWAT teams, fire command, wild land fire personnel and the
public. He has been an instructor at several MLSO courses in
Oregon and presented at SARCON since 2010.
Luke Tessner has over 15
years of law-enforcement and K9-handling experience with the Clare
County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan, and over 20 years of
experience training K9s. In 2012, he became an assistant
instructor with the International Bloodhound Training Institute and
Sleuth Hounds, LLC, becoming a full instructor in 2013. Luke has
attended and taught many seminars all over the United States. He has
also been featured in the book, "How to Train a Police Bloodhound and
Scent Discriminating Patrol Dog, 2nd Edition" by Kevin Kocher.
Colin Thielen is a Partner
with Sleuth Hounds, LLC. She has trained numerous dogs for herself and
others. She is a K9 trainer and Handler instructor for Sleuth Hounds.
She specializes in training Mantrailing and scent detection k9's.
Colin has attended numerous schools and seminars focusing on dog
behavior and drive. She served as Chief and Deputy Chief of HEMSI
Search Dog Unit in Huntsville, Alabama and was also a Canine Specialist
with Alabama Heavy Rescue-1. She has relocated to Northern Virginia
where she runs the Sleuth Hound training facility and works cases for
law enforcement in Northern Virginia and The District of Columbia. She
is currently working her Human Remains K9 Izzy and is in the process of
training her new trailing dog Wheezie.
Sgt. Nathan Thompson works
for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant -- and
previously as a Marine Patrol Deputy for over six years and a Search
and Rescue Coordinator for seven years. He is an instructor in
jet-boat operations, whitewater drift-boat operations, and
kayaking. He has certifications as a Swift Water Rescue
Technician and an Emergency Medical First Responder. He is
currently a member of a type 1 FEMA swiftwater flood rescue team.
Adam Tingey works for the
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a Marine Patrol Deputy. He
previously worked as a US Air Force Pararescueman for over 9 years. He
is certified as a Swift Water Rescue Technician, Dive Rescue Technician
and an EMT Paramedic. He is also a member of a type 1 FEMA
swiftwater flood rescue team.
Johnnie Walter has been a Law Enforcement Officer for 26 years and a supervisor for 17 years. He has held many positions within the department and has had the opportunity to work many high profile cases in the Nation’s Capital. He is currently assigned as Canine Supervisor/Handler of a Patrol/Narcotics Detection Canine and a Bloodhound that is used for mantrailing. He was previously assigned as the Canine Training Sergeant, which over see’s the daily operation of the unit which consists of approximately forty K-9 teams.
When Walter became interested in learning scent discrimination
trailing he reached out to Kevin Kocher who began teaching me the
“Kocher Method” of training. Walter worked teaching his Patrol
K-9 trailing before his agency had a Bloodhound program, and eventually
convinced his agency to start a Bloodhound program and became the first
Bloodhound handler in the 50 plus years of their K-9 Unit.
Through his continued efforts in learning he became an Assistant
Instructor for Sleuth Hounds, LLC and worked his way up to
Instructor. Today he continues to work as a Law Enforcement
Officer with his two canine partners and trains with numerous Law
Enforcement Agencies in the Metropolitan Region. He has also
evaluated and certified canines for other agencies in detector, patrol
Ron Wright has 25 years of
experience in the communications and electronics industry which has
provided a unique background to discuss the application of GPS, two-way
radios, satellite communications and electronic safety equipment.
Ron lives on the Oregon coast with his wife and three beautiful
children when he isn’t travelling throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho,
Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska to work with businesses and government
agencies to prepare for the unexpected or extended communications.
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