Russ has been an instructor with Rescue 3 since the mid 90’s. Russ has a hands on teaching style and ability to make learning rescue skills fun and challenging. He has an extensive background in public safety work as a paramedic on a State Rescue Helicopter since 2001. He is also certified as an all hazard technical rescue technician through the Arizona State Fire Marshall Office. During his career Russ has run or assisted with numerous rescues through numerous locations in Arizona. Russ has also been a member of the team that wrote the standards for FEMA and ASTM to include water rescue and helicopter rescue. He was also on a committee that established standards for Public Safety Aircraft conducting search and rescue operations. Russ has also been the primary facilitator for the Arizona Swiftwater Expo since 2000. What makes Russ a good instructor is his ability to use his extensive background in real rescues and challenge his students to develop good skills and judgment; this is primarily conducted through hands on activity.