Joel has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since 1989. With over 20 years of wilderness and Search and Rescue (SAR) experience he is currently an Operations Chief and former Commander of Skagit County Sheriff Search and Rescue.
He has a background in ground SAR, Mountain Rescue, Snowmobile Rescue, Dive Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, 4X4 Rescue and Helicopter Rescue operations.
He is currently the Senior Instructor for Skagit County Medic One, overseeing the training and education of over 400 ALS and BLS personnel and a cadre of over 35 instructors.
His additional duties also include service as a Paramedic and Squad Leader for the federal Disaster Medical Team (DMAT) as well as the federal Mobile Acute Care Strike Team (MAC-ST).
Joel is also an award-winning homebrewer. Earning the opportunity to brew his beers professionally with both the RAM Brewery in Puyallup, WA and with 3 Skulls Ales in Seattle, WA and competing in the Great American Beer Festival in the Pro-Am category.
- A.S. Drafting and Engineering Drawing
- Washington State EMT-IV
- Washington State Senior EMS Instructor
- IFSAC Fire Instructor I and II
- ASHI Wilderness EMT
- PHTLS Instructor and Coordinator
- ASHI BLS and Wilderness Instructor
- ASHI Instructor Trainer
- ECSI BLS and Wilderness Instructor
- AHA BLS Instructor
- ACLS Provider
- PALS Provider
- ACLS for EMT
- Dept of Homeland Security Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) Instructor
- Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician
- Rope Rescue Technician
- Special Rescue Technician (Rope Rescue, Airborne Thermal Imaging, SAR EMT, Operations Chief)
- LETA Law Enforcement Thermographer
- Search and Rescue Diver
- NAUI Open Water Diver
- GUE DIR Fundamentals Diver