Wimberley Rescue is a team of instructors dedicated to providing the right instructor for the right course. Our Wimberley Rescue team is aware of the Public Safety Professional's needs, and strives to meet them with up to date information, strategies and skills. We base our courses on the training, practice, experience and judgment of our core instructor group.
Each instructor at Wimberley Rescue is currently active as a career professional in public service. We have a wide variety of experienced instructors who not only teach but also have performed these skills in the 'real world'.
Wimberley Rescue is dedicated to improving the safety and techniques of the rescue professional. Our instructors are involved in implementing industry standards for the rescue professional to improve the future success of rescuers everywhere.
Wimberley Rescue has a long-standing partnership with Rescue 3 International. Together, we are educating rescuers on the latest techniques and skills for rope and water rescue. However, we do believe in a diverse training experience and offer insight into NFPA, NIMS, Mountains Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue and multiple regional rescue standards.
Wimberley Rescue provides safe, competent and professional instructors to solve your rescue training needs.
Lynn Burttschell is an instructor trainer for Wimberley Rescue. Lynn is a criminal justice graduate from Sam Houston State University, where he also began his career in emergency medicine. Lynn currently works for the Travis County STAR Flight program as a Paramedic/Rescue Swimmer/Crew Chief. Lynn is a Helicopter Manager/Rescue Swimmer for the state’s Urban Search and Rescue team, Texas Task Force 1. This is a combined effort between the state and the Texas Army National Guard. Lynn has been a strong influence in the development of the state’s Helicopter Rescue Swimmer program and continues to improve the training efforts for many of the nation’s responders such as North Carolina’s HART, South Carolina’s HART, Texas DPS and Rescue 3 International.
Lynn is a two-time recipient of the Huggins and Langley Memorial Award for his efforts as a boat squad leader during Tropical Storm Allison and as a helicopter crew chief during Tropical Storm Hermine. Lynn received the Sikorsky Rescue Award as a rescue swimmer during Hurricane Katrina. He has also been deployed to other national disasters such as Hurricane Ike and other flood events.
As much as Lynn has influenced national events, he would say his proudest accomplishment is his daughter and the excitement she brings. Lynn and his wife, Dene, have lived in Wimberley since 1992 and are happy to call the Texas Hill Country home.
Carroll Czichos has been an icon in emergency services for the Texas Hill Country for over 40 years. Carroll has served as Chief of the Wimberley Fire Department since 1980. Over the years Carroll has educated responders in fire fighting, water, rope and boat-based rescue. Carroll has taught with many agencies throughout the years to include Texas A&M University and Rescue 3 International.
Carroll brings a unique approach to the rescue world. He is able to apply learned skills and decision-making abilities to the ever-changing rescue environment. His time as both a rescuer and manager make him a valuable asset to the Wimberley Rescue instructor group.
Carroll’s experiences include Wimberley City Council member, Hays County Fire Marshal and Advanced Peace officer. Although, the accomplishment he is most proud of is his two daughters and their family which include his two new grandsons.
Travis Maher is an instructor trainer for Wimberley Rescue. Travis is a graduate of Texas A&M University where excelled as a decathlete for the Aggies. Current Travis works as a Lieutenant for the Austin Fire Department where he has spent the last 12 years in the Special Operations Battalion. Travis is also a member of Texas Task Force 1, Texas’ Urban Search and Rescue team. There, he has been selected to deploy for some of our nation’s biggest events such as; World Trade Center collapse, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. Travis has also been part of response teams to many of the flooding events across the state as well as cave and wilderness rescue incidents.
Travis brings diversity to Wimberley Rescue that is second to none. His experiences with US&R combined with rural area operations helps him to provide understanding and education to students with a variety of resources.
Travis resides in the Wimberley area with his family. In his off time Travis volunteers as a Captain for the Wimberley Fire Department. However, most of his time is spend trying to keep up with his two boys who also enjoy sports and the outdoors.
Bo Montague has been active in the fire service since 1993 and Law enforcement since 1998. He began in the rescue world in 1996 and has worked his way up from a Basic Rescue Technician to a Technical Rope and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor. He has worked for numerous Volunteer Fire and Emergency services until 1998 when he started in Law Enforcement. In 2001 he started his career in the fire service working for a Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Office where he served for 7 years. He is currently working as a career firefighter and holds certifications as; Firefighter II, Fire Service instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Service Driver/Operator, Fire Investigator Advanced, Texas Peace Officer, Texas Peace Officer Instructor, Technical Rope Rescue Instructor and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor.