What is Rescue Dynamics ?

Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
(780) 461-5040
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Rescue Dynamics has operated for over three decades, offering courses in Climbing (summer and winter) Rescue and PreHospital Emergency Care. We have taught all manner of outdoor and emergency response professionals in nine provinces / territories. We regularly train groups such as the Canadian Forces SARTECHs, Parks Canada personnel, police, fire fighters and hundreds of others. Rescue Dynamics is often contracted to instruct for University and College groups across the country. Two of our premier courses are the Rescue One & Two series and the Wilderness Emergency Care Course. "WEC" is a highly specialized advanced first aid course recognized by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and long used by many agencies to train their guides. We offer many courses and can custom design courses for groups with special needs. For details or application forms contact Rescue Dynamics.

Our Staff

 

The owner and chief instructor of Rescue Dynamics is Cyril Shokoples. Cyril is an Internationally certified mountain guide (ACMG / IFMGA / UIAGM) with a long history of climbing and skiing in Western Canada. He has been a member of the Alpine Club of Canada for over 40 years and a certified member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides for over 30 years. His is a Past - President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from the Alpine Club of Canada and the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. In 2005 he became only the second recipient of the George Stefanick Legacy Award from the Edmonton Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. In 2014 he was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Alpine Club of Canada.

Cyril has taught rescue, first aid, emergency response, leadership and mountaineering courses and seminars across Canada and has delivered programs in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, the Yukon and the North West Territories. He also instructs the ACC TNF National Summer Mountain Leadership course, TNF National Winter Mountain Leadership Course and inaugurated the Central Canada Rock Leadership course in 2005 and Rock Solid Leadership in 2008.

He spent a large part of the last thirty winters instructing and heli ski guiding in the Rockies and Columbia Mountains of Alberta and B.C. as well as spending several years at Marmot Basin Ski area with the avalanche control program. He is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and created the original advanced avalanche glossary on the CAA website. He is also a member of the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance.

His background includes eight years at the Alberta Vocational College as coordinator of PreHospital Care Programs. He was an EMT instructor for many years and was one of the founders of Portage College's nationally accredited EMT program. While at AVC, he was also responsible for the creation of the Parks Emergency Responder program for national park wardens in Canada. While at the college he was also on the provincial committee that created the Emergency Medical Responder program for entry level ambulance attendants. He has been the chief instructor of the Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Technicians (SARTECHs) Basic and Advanced Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue Courses for the last twenty five years. He is the creator of the HARD Rescue One series of courses.

Cyril has other serious interests including electronics and scuba diving. Cyril is a licenced Advanced Amateur Radio Operator. He also holds PADI professional scuba certification as a Divemaster, Open Water Scuba Instructor and Specialty Instructor (qualified to teach over a dozen specialities). His mountain guiding, ski patrol, ambulance, rescue, avalanche control and diving experience assure you of a quality educational experience.

Additional instructors on Rescue courses are hand picked and must have served an apprenticeship with Rescue Dynamics. Our instructors include professional guides and educators with strong, diverse backgrounds in EMS, rescue and the outdoors. For our climbing courses we employ IFMGA (International) or ACMG (Canadian) certified guides.

Some of our regular instructors include Peter Amann, a local Jasper mountain guide (ACMG / IFMGA) in the summer and Avalanche Forecaster during the winter. He is a professional member the Canadian Avalanche Association. Peter regularly joins us to team teach the military SARTECHs and some of our other courses. He guides and climbs across Western Canada in both summer and winter, but is a local expert on the Jasper area. Whenever we cannot accommodate a group Peter is one of the people we tell you to try next.

Another of our regular instructors is Matt Reynolds, a local Jasper mountain guide (ACMG / IFMGA) in the summer and Lead Guide for Cariboo Cat Skiing during the winter. He is also a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Matt joins us to team teach the military SARTECHs and some of our other courses. He also guides and climbs across Western Canada in both summer and winter, but is another local expert on the Jasper area. Whenever we cannot accommodate a group Matt is one of the people we tell you to try next.

Jeremy Mackenzie of Canmore, AB is a full mountain guide (ACMG/IFMGA) and has been working with us on the SARTECHs and other courses. He will occasionally be a guest instructor on some of our programs. In 2005 we chose Jeremy Mackenzie to join us in Quebec to instruct a special rock climbing leadership course for the ACC. We have had him back for selected courses ever since. Jeremy is a Public Safety Specialist (Mountain Rescue) in Kananaskis Country.

Recently we have had a number of assistant guides and aspiring guides joining us for many of our courses as part of the ACMG Guide Mentoring Program. In the past, Darek Glowacki of Golden, BC and Deryl Kelly of Canmore & Jasper, AB, Terry Palechuk of Kamloops, BC and Adam Burrell of Canmore, AB have assisted and observed many programs as part of their preparation for guides courses and examinations. Each of these folks are already members of the ACMG as well and have now passed some or all of their examinations. They are working toward higher levels of certification. Deryl is also the youngest Canadian to summit Mt. Everest. Other aspiring guides may be chosen to assist us as part of practicum placements to aid them in their quest to become guides.

For our Wilderness Emergency Care, OWLS and medical courses, one of our regular Senior Instructors is Peter Symons, EMT-P. Peter lives in Edmonton but works in Banff as a Paramedic. Peter has a long history of training in PreHospital Care and teaches advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) as well as BTLS. Peter has received the medal for distinguished service to EMS from Alberta Lt. Gov. Norman Kwong. He is considered to be one of the most senior ACLS instructors in the field. Peter worked with Cyril training EMTs at the Alberta Vocational College and is a welcome addition to our list of specialized contract instructors. He has taught on a number of our courses and has been working with Cyril teaching WEC and PER courses in Alberta, BC and the North West Territories for many years now. Peter is a cyclist, runner and ocean kayaking enthusiast.


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Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461-5040

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