David is a Battalion Chief with the Panama City (FL) Fire Department, a Wright Rescue Specialty Chief Instructor, and a Florida State certified Fire Instructor. He As a member of the Northwest Florida Regional USAR team since 2009 and, as such, he currently oversees the training of all five USAR disciplines within his department and is their lead Trench Rescue instructor. David brings to us a special and diverse talent, providing Wright Rescue with expertise in Vehicle Rescue, Machinery Rescue and Trench Rescue. He is also an assistant instructor within our Rope and Confined Space Rescue program. We are fortunate to have this excellent addition to Wright Rescue’s existing team.
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John Paul “JP” Oliver, Chief Instructor
JP is a Captain with the Panama City Fire Department (FL), a Chief instructor for Wright Rescue Solutions, and a Florida State certified Fire Instructor. With over 13 years of service, he is in charge of his department’s Florida State USAR team relative to Rope and Confined Space Rescue and heads up their instructional staff for Rapid Intervention and Firefighter Escape programs. John Paul is heavily involved with our Rescue training, Rescue Standby and Firefighter Escape divisions. A wealth of knowledge and experience, he provides a great asset to our program.
Roy Albright, Senior Chief Instructor
Roy is a Lieutenant with the Panama City (Florida) Fire Department and a Senior Chief Instructor for Wright Rescue Solutions, Inc. He is actively involved in training his department’s USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team and an integral part of their Trench Rescue, Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue and Firefighter Escape program. Enthusiastic, out-going, and highly motivated; Roy is an excellent addition to Wright Rescue’s team of world-class instructors. Roy’s specialties include Rope and Confined Space Rescue, Firefighter Escape, Industrial Tank and Industrial Rescue Performance Evaluations.
Joey Gonzalez, Senior Chief Instructor
Joey Gonzalez is a career Firefighter/Driver with the city of Gainesville, Florida and, in addition to acting as a Wright Rescue Senior Chief Instructor, he heads up our instructional team for Rapid Intervention and Firefighter escape. Joey is one of the primary instructors for Gainesville’s Rapid Intervention and Firefighter Escape programs and has received honors as Instructor of the Year in that capacity. He participated in the training of FDNY’s instructor team for the Personal Safety System project in 2005 in which the EXO personal escape system was taught and provided to over 11,500 members of the department. Enthusiastic, out-going, and highly motivated; he brings a great talent to add to Wright Rescue’s team of world-class instructors. Joey’s specialties include Rope and Confined Space rescue, Tower Rescue and Firefighter Escape.
Mike Giroux, Senior Chief Instructor
Mike is a firefighter assigned to Rescue with the city of Yonkers Fire Department in New York and a Wright Rescue Chief instructor. He brings much to the table with his diverse background which includes a great deal of education and experience in the area of research and development. An excellent teacher and practitioner of many areas of technical rescue, Mike specializes in Confined Space, Structural Rope Rescue, trench and structural collapse applications.
Jamie Chandler, Senior Chief Instructor
Jamie is a career fire Lieutenant and a Paramedic with Midway Fire District near Pensacola, Florida. He has acted in the capacity of Senior Chief Instructor with Wright Rescue for many years and specializes in Rope rescue, Confined Space rescue and Emergency Medical training. Well rounded in a variety of specialties, including Tower rescue, hazardous materials response and industrial standby rescue, Jamie is an integral part of Wright Rescue’s instructional team.
Elise Wright, Vice President/Owner
Elise Wright, Vice President/Owner – We are a Woman-owned Small Business. As the owner, Elise Wright provides the managerial and administrative expertise for the daily operations of Wright Rescue Solutions. She holds a BS in Business Management through Florida State University and specializes in areas of Human Resource management and accounting. Elise is responsible for all administrative, marketing, and accounting operations within the company.
Richard Wright, President / Senior Chief Instructor
Richard Wright, President – Richard Wright is a nationally recognized leader in the field of rope and confined space rescue training and consulting with thousands of students to his credit. He has worked with every area of emergency services including fire, EMS, police, and industry. Richard’s career began as a firefighter/paramedic in Panama City Beach, Florida where he achieved the rank of Deputy Chief before retiring to begin his professional consulting career in May of 1989. In this capacity, he was an integral member in some of the most influential rescue training programs and organizations in the nation prior to establishing his own company, Wright Rescue Solutions. As President, Richard is responsible for development and implementation of all programs and services. In addition to his appearances and articles in various video and magazine publications, Richard is co-author of the book “Confined Space and Structural Rope Rescue” by Mosby Publications and author of the “Rescue Operations” section of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Fire Protection Handbook. He is a principal member of the NFPA’s 1670 and 1006 Technical Rescue standards committees, serving as task group chair for both the rope and confined space rescue chapters. He also serves as the Rescue chapter task group chair for the new NFPA 350 “Guide for Safe Confined Space Entry and Work.”