Randy McOrmond

Randy McOrmond - Biography


Personal History:

  • Born 1966 in North Ontario
  • Childhood spent in Atikokan Ontario
  • Volunteer work as Cadet (Air and Navy) instructor specializing in survival
  • Volunteer as Ground Search Team Member in Cold Lake AB. 1988’-1991’
  • Currently residing in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Personal Hobbies:

  • Hunting and fishing
  • Back country canoeing and camping
  • Hiking and mountain biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Physical fitness

Professional History:

  • Joined the Canadian Forces in 1986 as an Aircraft Avionics Technician, working primarily on fighters in Cold Lake, AB and Baden Solingen, Germany
  • Changed trades to Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) in 1993
  • Operational SAR Tech with 424 Squadron in Trenton, ON. 93-97
  • Operational SAR Tech with 435 Squadron in Winnipeg, MB. 97-04
  • Operational SAR Tech with 103 Squadron in Gander NL. 04-07
  • Worked part time as Paramedic with Delanies Ambulance in Newfoundland. 06-07
  • Posted in 2007 to 435 Squadron, Winnipeg where I am still working as an Operational SAR Tech.

Instruction Experience:

  • 3 years basic aircrew survival instructor, Cold Lake, AB.
  • Basic Survival Instructor for Air and Navy Cadets

Professional Certifications:

  • Military Search and Rescue Technician- 1993
  • Qualified Paramedic (Newfoundland, Ontario and Manitoba)
  • Small Craft Vessel Operator- 2004
  • Fast Rescue Craft (Canadian Coast Guard)- 1998
  • Restricted Radio Operator (Gov of Canada)- 2004
  • Ground Search Manager- 1996

Professional Skills and Errata:

  • Mountain/Glacier Rescue
  • Search and Rescue Diver
  • Overturned Vessel Extraction
  • Parachutist/Jump Master (static line and freefall)
  • Recreational Avalanche Course
  • Helicopter Underwater Egress
  • Senior Leaders Course
  • Junior Leaders Course
  • Arctic Survival
  • Sea Survival
  • Land Survival
  • Night Vision Goggles
  • Advanced Navigation
  • Aeromedical Training

Medals and Recognition:

  • Special Service Medal
  • Canadian Forces Decoration
  • Rescue Commendation, Lifesaving Society




What you can expect from us


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"Each of our staff members possesses a minimum of 20 years serving Canada, in various positions as members of the Canadian Forces. These professionals have unique skills in the outdoors and desire to pass on their knowledge to you".


Who needs this training and why ?


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"Our programs are designed for individuals who work, play, or commute thru or over the Canadian wilderness".