About: Joel Pratt

Joel Pratt- Owner/Instructor joel@backcountrymedical.com
Joel has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since 1988. With over 30 
years of wilderness and Search and Rescue (SAR) experience he is currently an Operations Chief and former Commander of Skagit County Sheriff Search and Rescue. He has a background in ground SAR, Disaster Medicine, Mountain Rescue, Snowmobile Rescue, Dive Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue, 4X4 Rescue and Helicopter Rescue operations.
He is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic in Northwest Washington State and a Lead Faculty member for the National Medical Education and Training Center in Massachusetts, overseeing the training and education of Paramedic students from around the world.
His additional duties also include service as an Paramedic and Squad Leader for the federal Disaster Medical Team (DMAT) as well as the federal Mobile Acute Care Strike Team (MAC-ST).
He is also an award-winning homebrewer. Earning the opportunity to brew his beers professionally with both the RAM Brewery in Puyallup, WA and with 3 Skulls Ales in Seattle, WA and competing in the Great American Beer Festival in the Pro-Am category.
Medical/Instructor Qualifications- 
Washington State Paramedic
Critical Care Flight Paramedic
Nationally Registered Paramedic
Washington State EMS Evaluator
IFSAC Fire Instructor I and II
IFSAC Firefighter I and II
IFSAC Hazmat Ops
ASHI Wilderness EMT
NEAMT Affiliate Faculty- PHTLS, TCCC, AMLS
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor
ASHI BLS and Wilderness Instructor
ASHI Master Trainer
ECSI BLS and Wilderness Instructor
AHA ACLS and BLS Instructor
ACLS Provider
PALS Provider
Dept of Homeland Security Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB) Instructor
Rescue Qualifications-
Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician
Rope Rescue Technician
Special Rescue Technician (Rope, Rigging, Airborne Thermal Imaging, SAR EMT, Operations)
LETA Law Enforcement Thermographer
Search and Rescue Diver
Other Activities-
NAUI Open Water Diver
GUE DIR Fundamentals Diver


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