Pat Wagner is the owner of Mountain Rope Safety Courses (MRSC), a small school located on the Cumberland Plateau near Chattanooga, TN. She is the lead instructor for MRSC & has a B.S. Degree in Fire & Safety Engineering, was a former search & recue team leader, firefighter, EMT-IV. & served as a principal committee member on the N.F.P.A. 1006 Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications. She celebrates over 30 years volunteering with Waldens Ridge Emergency Service, as well as, working as an American Registered Radiologic Technologist for over 30 years. Pat has been teaching rope rescue skills professionally for over 25 years in the U.S.A. and Central America.
Chris Langley is a Tennessee Critical Care Paramedic who has been working in EMS since 2006, He started his career in emergency services in early 2000 in the fire service, and volunteer rescue squad in clay county TN where he first began his training in the rope rescue world working his way to rope rescue specialist. He is a lifetime member of the Overton County Volunteer Rescue Squad. He is now an active member of the Sparta White County Volunteer Rescue Squad as a Rope Rescue Specialist, Swift Water Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Tower/Antenna Rescue Technician, Critical Care Paramedic and is also a Public Safety Diver. He is an instructor 1 with the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads and has been instructing with Mountain Rope Safety Courses since 2014.He enjoys teaching and helping others by continuing to learn and share knowledge.
Sherman Ford is a career Paramedic with Hamilton County Emergency Medical Service since 2002 and Captain with Walden's Ridge Emergency Service, a 100% volunteer "all hazards" response agency on Walden's Ridge in southeast Tennessee. Sherman has been assisting with rope rescue instruction at Mountain Ropes Safety Courses since 2014. He began his adventure in the vertical world as a recreational rock climber in the 1980s with the Boy Scouts of America earning his Rock Climbing and Rappelling Merit badges and continuing through high school as founding member of Red Bank High School's Rock Climbing and Rappelling Club. Shortly after joining Walden's Ridge Emergency Service in 2010 he completed Rescue Technician courses. As an active member of Walden's Ridge Emergency Service's Rope team he responded whenever available to assist on any and all calls. With a couple of years of experience under his belt he began to take the steps necessary to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to assist in rope rescue training with Pat Wagner at Mountain Ropes Safety Courses. Mr. Ford has a passion for teaching fellow rescuers as he is an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor and Tennessee Emergency Medical Responder instructor. Mr. Ford felt that his experience in teaching and passion for rope work would lead to a good relationship and opportunity as an instructor with Mountain Rope Safety Courses. Mr. Ford has continued to increase his technical rescue knowledge by Completing Tower Rescue Technician and Confined Space Rescue Technician. Mr. Ford's particular area of expertise is in patient access, assessment, treatment, and packaging but he is comfortable teaching any portion of Rope Rescue Awareness, Operation, and Technician curriculum offered at Mountain Rope Safety Courses as well as tireless work on developing new and innovative offerings yet to come.
Anson Mercier is a career firefighter and a volunteer with Waldens Ridge Emergency Service where he is an active rescuer and firefighter. Anson has a passion for helping people either with his continued fire training or his years of rope rescue experience. He is a Rope Rescue Technician, Tower/Antenna Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Swift Water Rescue Operator and has received several awards in his career. He is an excellent addition to our staff of instructors with his big smile and passion for teaching rope rescue. After his 2 year internship with us he began teaching rope rescue in 2014 and is competent in all areas of the Awareness, Operations and Technician rope rescue curriculum