Mike has over 30 years of experience in Emergency Services starting out in the Explorer Programs as a teenager. Mike obtained his EMT certification in 1986 and took the Paramedic course at NOVA in 1992. Mike served as an Advanced Life Support provider and Heavy Tactical Rescue member of Wise, Norton & Bridgewater Rescue, and as a Advanced Life Support instructor and EMS certification examiner for the state of Virginia.
Mike began his Search and Rescue career at the Ground Search and Rescue College in 1989 and joined Triangle Rescue in 1992. Since becoming active in the SAR community Mike has participated in many searches, technical and cave rescues across the state. Mike is one of the founding members of Black Diamond Search and Rescue and is currently the coordinator of Black Diamond. Since 2005 Mike has been an adjunct instructor for the Virginia Search and Rescue program, and is currently an instructor for the Search Team Leader Course.