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Instructors
Shane Smith SHANE SMITH
Shane began his career in 1991 as a professional firefighter in Southern CA and a member of his departments USAR Team.  Shane moved to Southern Idaho were he worked as a Paramedic and Team Leader of his department's Special Operations Team.  Shane and his family later moved to Western Washington where Shane is currently a firefighter with South King Fire & Rescue.  Shane is an active member of the SKFR Technical Rescue Team, as well as, a member of the Washington State FEMA USAR Task Force.  His interest in team development and years of practical experience, combined with his passion for rope rescue, make him a huge asset to our team.
Matt Gilbert MATT GILBERT
Matt is currently a firefighter with East Pierce Fire & Rescue in Bonney Lake, WA and a member of their Technical Rescue Team.  Prior to East Pierce, Matt was a Firefighter for the City of Tukwila Fire Department, where he was a member of their Special Operations Team. Matt has been an avid rock climber since 1991, is a former member of Seattle Mountain Rescue Team, and a former member of the Washington State FEMA USAR Task Force. For nearly 10 years, Matt was employed by Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (manufacturers of quality rescue and climbing equipment) involved in new product design, quality control and engineering. Matt left his position as an Engineering Manager with SMC when he became a firefighter. He has been a presenter at the International Technical Rescue Symposium.  Matt's unique background in various levels of special operations brings an incredible amount of technical knowledge to our team.
Pat Soper PAT SOPER
Pat is a Lieutenant with South King Fire & Rescue and a Team Leader of his departments Technical Rescue Team.  He has been in the fire service for over 25 years, 15of which was spent as a Firefighter/Paramedic.  Pat has been involved in rope rescue since 1990.  Currently he is a member of the Washington State FEMA USAR Task Force.  Pat was deployed to New York City as part of the rescue efforts following the attacks on 9-1-1. His involvement in technical rescue, at all levels, brings an abundance of various experience to our team.
Jeff Hamel JEFF HAMEL
Jeff has been involved in the fire service since 1986 and a professional firefighter with South King Fire & Rescue since 1989.  He has been a member of his departments Technical Rescue Team since it's inception, in the early 90's.  Jeff is a highly motivated instructor who has a true passion for helping others succeed.  He has organized courses for Cabo San Lucas Fire Department and San Jose Del Cabo Fire Department in Baja California. He has been instrumental in the ongoing development of their technical rescue team/training program.  Jeff brings an incredible amount of experience, motivation, and knowledge to our team.
Jared Larna JARED "CHONGO" LARNA (<-- rollover image to see baby pic)
Jared is a Firefighter Engineer with the city of Hailey Fire Department in Hailey Idaho. Jared comes from a solid/unique, background of rope work and rope rescue. Besides being a Rope Rescue Technician within his department, he is a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. Certified and experienced in the area of Tree Rescue, his background also includes Swift Water Rescue and Vertical/Crane Operations. Jared possesses an impressive talent when it comes to personal/self rescue skills, combined with his motivation towards training; he is a welcomed addition to our team. Here's his real life rescue story!
Brien Gronemyer BRIEN GRONEMYER
Brien has been Involved in the fire service since 2001 and is not only an avid rock climber but, a former member of  the Snohomish County Search & Rescue Team. Brien is currently a professional firefighter assigned to Ladder 62 with the Marysville Fire District in Snohomish County. He is an active member of Marysville's Technical Rescue Team, and since 2005 has been passionate about expanding his knowledge in the field of Urban Search and Rescue. Brien's motivation, passion, and strong work ethic make him a welcomed asset to Rescue City's team.