Rescue 3 Europe

Team Member

Jonathan Gorman

Managing Director

Jonathan is Managing Director at Rescue 3 Europe and is also a multi-discipline Instructor Trainer.

Jonathan has worked as a whitewater professional in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and the USA, where he took his first Rescue 3 SRT course in Colorado in 2005.

Travelling has always been a big part of his life and so meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures from all over Europe is his dream job.

If not walking with Mabel the labradoodle, he can be found seeking out new off road trails on his gravel bike or in search of fresh powder to telemark

Email: jon@rescue3europe.com

Team Member

Keith Dudhnath

Operations Manager

Keith oversees the daily running of Rescue 3. He takes a particular interest in developing the functionality of Rescue 3’s world-leading training provider database, and taking an active part in the production of Rescue 3’s field guides.

Keith is married with two children and an ever-growing number of pets. Other things that make Keith happy include board games, fruit trees, cryptic crosswords, and Liverpool FC (when they win).

Email: keith@rescue3europe.com

Michelle Donning

Administrator

Michelle supports the smooth running of the Rescue 3 office and database. She’s the first point of contact for all queries and is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day administrative tasks.

In her spare time, Michelle loves going to gigs and travelling whenever possible, but can mostly be found at home enjoying a Netflix binge.

Email: michelle@rescue3europe.com

Team Member

Rob Litherland

Curriculum Developer

Rob is responsible for developing Rescue 3 courses and creating learning resources. He is an active Instructor Trainer delivering boat and water rescue courses throughout Europe.

Rob has worked around the world as a river guide and has spent most of his life travelling to the big mountain ranges and exploring the rivers that flow off them.

Email: rob@rescue3europe.com

Denise Smith

Management accountant

Denise spends 50% of her time knee deep in numbers and 50% of her time teaching ballet (not to the Rescue 3 staff but to the pupils of the Delta Academy in Wrexham).

Email: finance@rescue3europe.com

Team Member

Gaele Atkinson

Finance Technician

Gaele spends her time in the office dealing with all things finance, including creating invoices, sorry…

Otherwise she can usually be found in the outdoors, taking part in endurance cycling events, gravel cycling, or on foraging walks with Mabel her labradoodle, whilst keeping an eye on her bees (too many names to mention) and being helped in the veggie plot by rescue hens Willow & Betty. Living the dream 😊

Email: finance@rescue3europe.com

Cara Jones

Distribution

Cara is the new girl endeavouring to send out the material to the training providers in Europe. She lives in Foix in the Ariege in the south of France with Alain who runs R3-France. She spends as much time as possible in the mountains and loves canicross with her Aussie collie.

Email: info@resceu3europe.com

Team Member

Mabel

Office loafer

Mabel may not be the most productive member of staff, but she does bring a smile to everyones face, and so she gets away with it.

Her favourite pastimes are running on the beach, running in the snow, running after squirrels, running around the garden, running in general really, though she is getting on a bit now and is not as fast as she used to be, but she still has a fair turn of speed, but only in short bursts.

 

Email: mabeldoesntdoemail@gmail.com

Rescue 3 International Steering Committee

Team Member

Jonathan Gorman

Managing Director

Jonathan is Managing Director at Rescue 3 Europe and is also a multi-discipline Instructor Trainer.

Jonathan has worked as a whitewater professional in the UK, Europe, New Zealand, Africa and the USA, where he took his first Rescue 3 SRT course in Colorado in 2005.

Travelling has always been a big part of his life and so meeting and working with people from different backgrounds and cultures from all over Europe is his dream job.

If not walking with Mabel the labradoodle, he can be found seeking out new off road trails on his gravel bike or in search of fresh powder to telemark

Email: jon@rescue3europe.com

Jen Miller

In 1996, Jen Miller began her career with Rescue 3 sweeping the warehouse and restocking shelves. Since then she has worked her way through the ranks, holding various positions such as production assistant, customer service agent, warehouse assistant, warehouse manager and graphic designer.

After several years off to pursue her degree in Criminal Justice and work for the U.S. Marshal Service, she returned and accepted the position of Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2008 Jen was elevated to the position of Vice President of Rescue 3 International and Rescue Source and most recently, has been named Chief Executive Officer of both companies.

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. While studying there she met her husband, Don, at an American Criminal Justice Association-Lambda Alpha Epsilon function. They were married in 2004 and now have 3 beautiful children.

Email: jen@rescue3.com

Mike Turnbull

Mike is Chairman of the Board of both Rescue 3 International and Rescue Source.

In 1990 Mike, along with his wife Judy, purchased Rescue 3 International and opened Rescue Source. Under Mike’s leadership, Rescue 3 International has grown from a small business in California to one of the leading technical rescue training companies in the world with over 1500 instructors in over 65 countries.

Mike holds a Foundation Degree in Technical Rescue Instruction from the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom (UCLan) and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) PR062237

Besides Rescue Source and Rescue 3 International, Mike is also involved in Spanish Oak Vineyards, a small vineyard that grows an Albarino variety of grapes. His favourite pasttime of late has been spending time with his twin grandsons and granddaughter at his 160 acre ranch in Oregon.

Email: mike@rescue3.com

Rodney Sebregts

Email: rodneysebregts@gmail.com

Paul O’Sullivan

As director of R3 Safety and Rescue, Paul has played a key role in the development of Swiftwater and Flood Rescue and is seen as one of the most respected technical experts in this field.

As a highly experienced rescue trainer, Paul has delivered rescue classes in the UK & Europe and as far afield as Asia and South America.  Paul has led the development of a number of core Rescue 3  programs including the ‘Rescues from Vehicles in Water ‘ and ‘Management of Water and Flood Incidents’ courses.

In 2008, Paul was awarded a Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Swiftwater Rescue for his involvement in the UK Chief Fire Officers Association’s Management of Major Flood Event Research Project and currently sits on the UK Chief Fire Officers Association’s Water Rescue Group.

Paul’s rescue training experience builds upon his extensive international experience working on white water rivers as a raft guide and kayak coach and as an expedition kayaker, including first descents of rivers in Pakistan, Iran and Papua New Guinea.

Email: paul@r3sar.com

Ron Morrison

As Executive Director of Raven Rescue, Ron has accumulated over a decade of delivering rescue, medical, leadership and adventure skills for first response agencies, government, industry and universities.

Most recently, Ron has spearheaded the launch of Raven Medical – a division of our company dedicated to the development and provision of leading wilderness medical training. For 15 years prior to the launch of our new program, Ron served on the Faculty Steering Committee for Wilderness Medical Associates and is currently on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Rescue 3 International. Ron has authored several of Rescue 3’s standards for technical rescue disciplines, is an NFPA expert and a world expert in the field of technical ice rescue. Ron’s swiftwater credentials are equally impeccable as he comes from years as an expedition paddler and raft guide, has served as Education Chair for Paddle Alberta; and is an examiner for the BC Raft Outfitters Association. Ron is a graduate of Lakehead University’s Outdoor Recreation Program and has also served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Please contact us for a more detailed bio.

Email: ron@ravenrsm.com

Julie Munger

Currently,  Julie’s job description includes being the Western Regional Director for Rescue 3 International, as well as the CEO and Founder of Sierra Rescue.  She is a member of the Rescue 3 International Steering Committee, and helps in decisions affecting curriculums world wide. In addition to being Rescue 3 Instructor of the Year, Julie Munger is an internationally acclaimed white water professional,  and was a member of the world champion US Women’s Rafting Team from 1985-2001. A graduate of UC Davis; as well as the University of Central Lancashire in Technical Rescue Instruction, she has been a swiftwater and technical rescue instructor for over 25 years.  She is responsible for the development of the Rescue 3 International RRC and WRT program, as well as assisting in developing the Wilderness First Aid program.   She integrates her practical experience with professional teaching skills.

Munger has worked as a Hot Shot Wildland Firefighter for the USFS, and has taught agencies as diverse as USAF PJ’s,  Fish and Game personnel, Search and Rescue team members, Fire Fighters, Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, river guides, kayakers, the Hoopa Tribe and the Marine Warfare Training Center. Her ability to apply specific curriculum to the agencies she teaches is one of her many assets. Julie’s lifetime accomplishments include the first self-support riverboard trip down the Grand Canyon and co-owning Arctic River Journeys. She has been featured in such magazines as Outside, Paddlers, American Whitewater and Canoe and Kayak.

Email: julie@sierrarescue.com

Abigail Polsby

Abigail has been instructing wilderness skills for the past 10 years. She is an Instructor Trainer for Rescue 3 International. Abigail has a strong mountaineering, First Aid and teaching background. She was a lead instructor for Hurricane Island and Colorado Outward Bound Schools and works well with all ages and abilities. Polsby is a patient and dedicated instructor. She has worked professionally and volunteered for Search and Rescue and was previously the owner/ operator of Olympic Mountain Outdoors, a guide service offering backpacking, snowshoeing and backcountry skiing trips around Washington State. She has also worked as a rafting and kayaking guide for Mountain Travel Sobek. In 1998 she founded Arctic River Journeys, an Alaska whitewater rafting outfitter. When not river guiding or teaching rescue, Abigail can be found surfing in Mexico, skiing in Tahoe, or climbing in British Columbia. Most recently, Abigail Polsby was voted Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer 2006 and Instructor of the Year 2013.

Email: abigail@sierrarescue.com

Mike Berna

Mike has 24 years in tenure in the Baltimore County Fire System. He is a member of the Baltimore County Advanced Technical Rescue Team and the Team Administrator for the Kingsville Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Team. He has also served as the Chief Officer for the Kingsville Fire Department for 6 years. He has been instrumental in the development of the Baltimore County Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Task Force and has served on the Governors Swiftwater/Flood Advisory Group for the state of Maryland. He has also been instrumental in training hundreds of Maryland rescuers in swiftwater/flood rescue and developed a state-wide response and training program. He serves as a technical specialist and consultant for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and has served as an operational officer for Hurricanes Floyd and Isabel. He is also an instructor for the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

He is a featured lecturer at national conferences and regional seminars and conducts classroom and field training programs throughout the country in swiftwater/flood rescue, swiftwater boat operations, and rope rescue in the aquatic environment. He has delivered programs to thousands of students including local, state, and federal personnel as well as consultation to many fire, police, and local and state emergency operations centers as well as classified government agencies. He has also provided research and development for several manufacturers of personal protective equipment for the aquatic environment. He also serves as a rescue specialist with FEMA (Urban Search and Rescue) Pennsylvania Task Force 1. He has received numerous awards for his work in the swiftwater/flood community and is the two-time recipient of the International Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards for outstanding service in the swiftwater/flood community.

Email: mberna@atlantictechrescue.com

Tim Rogers

Battalion Chief Tim Rogers recently retired after 38 years of active and continuous service with the Charlotte Fire Department. At the time of his retirement, he was assigned to Battalion 5 of the Operations Division.  He now concentrates his time as the Managing Director for the Search and Rescue Training and Consulting Group- a Rescue 3 International Training Provider. Tim is married to his beloved Jonnie, a retired high school career development coordinator, and they shared the joy of raising their daughter Brooke who is a graduate of Clemson University and now serves as a Neuro-Trauma-ICU nurse in Greenville, SC.

 

As well, Chief Rogers is a Regional Director and Instructor-Trainer for Rescue 3 International; past coordinator of his department’s flood response and notification program as well as serving as a member of the city and county Flood Information Notification System or FINS leadership committee; and served as the Technician Group Leader and training coordinator for the North Carolina Emergency Management’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (NC-HART) as well as the swift water boat operations program.  In 1998, and in recognition of his program development and response efforts, Chief Rogers was awarded the Higgins and Langley Memorial for Outstanding Achievement in Swiftwater Rescue.  He went on to receive a second Higgins and Langley Memorial Award in 2002 for an incident that involved the rescue of two teens whom caught in swift water in Charlotte, a third Memorial Award in 2005 for his response as a NC-HART member while deployed during Hurricanes Frances and Ivan in North Carolina, and a fourth award for his work in the United Kingdom with their Chief Fire Officers Association.  In 2006, he received the NASAR State Award for North Carolina for this work with the FEMA/NIMS SAR Credentialing Committee. For his work with Rescue 3 International and Rescue 3 Europe, Tim has received their respective Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Email: helichief5@gmail.com