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PARATEKK INC.

John Hall– Company President/Lead Instructor

John Hall is a 27 year veteran of emergency service work.  John began his journey into emergency service work with Skagit County Search and Rescue in 1991.  John has worked and volunteered with Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Dive Rescue, and multiple fire departments.  John is also the founder, organizer, and member of Team Mercworks which provided Disaster Aid relief in Haiti 10 days after the January 2010 earthquake.  John currently works for the City of Port Angeles as a Firefighter/Paramedic and is the is the Special Operations Captain for Clallam County Fire District #2.  John also volunteers with Clallam County Search and Rescue as their training coordinator.  John has been teaching various rescue disciplines since 1997 including wilderness SAR, Rope Rescue, Heavy Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue.

Instructor qualifications  

Bachelors of Arts-Emergency Services Administration, Prescott College

NREMT Paramedic– 20 years experience

Rescue 3 International swiftwater instructor

Instructor for Peninsula College  

Instructor for University of Alaska

Homeland Security Region 2 technical rescue team rope rescue instructor  

IFSAC Instructor 1 certified  

IFSAC Firefighter 1 certified  

IFSAC Officer 1 certified

Completion of Rigging for Rescue 1  

Completion of Rigging for Rescue 2  

Confined Space Rescue Technician  

Trench Rescue Technician  

Heavy Rescue Technician  

Swiftwater Rescue Technician  

AHA ACLS certified  

AHA PALS certified  

Arizona Vortex class  

FAA Senior Parachute Rigger  

PADI certified SCUBA diver  

Interspiro certified Full Face Mask technician  

USPA licensed skydiver


Work experience  

Skagit County Search and Rescue  

Skagit County Mountain Rescue

Skagit County Dive Rescue

Allen Fire Department

Sedro Woolley Fire Department  

Skagit County Medic One

Lifeline ambulance-Arizona

Port Angeles Fire Department

Clallam County Fire District #2

Homeland Security Region 2 technical rescue team  

Clallam County Search and Rescue

Ryan has over a decade of military service specializing in emergency operations.  His passion for search and rescue has helped fuel his desire to learn and accomplish more within this arena. Ryan has initiated joint training evolutions between multiple organizations across a variety of different rescue disciplines including: rope rescue, swiftwater rescue, shore-based swimmer rescue, and personal watercraft rescue. Ryan has also served as a pivotal resource for units desiring to expand or conceptualize their search and rescue capabilities. Ryan has over 1000 hours of rescue equipment maintenance and inspection experience and currently holds a quality assurance designation for aviation life support equipment.


Relevant Qualifications:

Helicopter Rescue Swimmer

Advanced Helicopter Rescue School Graduate

Unit Rescue Swimmer Instructor

Cold Weather Survival Instructor

Shore Based Rescue Swimmer Instructor

Survival Equipment and Pyrotechnics Instructor

Land Survival Instructor

Aviation Water Survival Instructor

Swiftwater Rescue Technician

Flight Evaluation Board Member

Quality Assurance Inspector

Aviation Life Support Equipment Supervisor

Aviation Life Support Equipment Technician

Life Raft Repair Technician

EMT – 6 yrs experience

Operational Fitness Course Graduate


Ryan Carr-Chief of Operations