The Board of Directors for the International Technical Rescue Association is made up of professionals from around the world and have expertise across numerous technical rescue disciplines. The association’s constitution will set future arrangements for the governance of the organisation. The Board of Directors was seated on 10 July 2019 and replaced the interim steering committee in assuming governance for the association.

Beth Henry

Beth Henry has been an executive at CMC since 2000. She currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer, and Trustee for the company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Beth has over 30 years of experience as a visionary and trusted leader in all aspects of business management. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics and a Certificate in Engineering Management. In addition to her role at CMC, Beth teaches Nonprofit Management, Social Business and Strategic Leadership in the MBA program at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California.

United States of America

James Falchetto

James Falchetto founded TRAK in 2005 to support the local adventure racing and climbing market. He quickly got involved with rope rescue with Rescue 3 and with rope access by turning the company into the first ad-hoc SPRAT then IRATA training company in the region. TRAKS was the first company to train and organize for swiftwater and mountain Rescue in the Middle East, effectively helping local authorities throughout the GCC build-up their abilities to deal with natural disasters. TRAKS was the first KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority) accredited occupational training company in the UAE for rope access and rope rescue. It is also the first company in the Sultanate of Oman to qualify with the ministry of Manpower for Rope Rescue and Rope Access training.

In conjunction with 4 other members, TRAKS was one of the founding members of the IRATA Middle East Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) with James chairing it in 2012 and 2018. Over the years James has sat on several committees of IRATA including Equipment and Standards, Exec and Training. James is also adviser to several government organizations throughout the region. One of TRAKS biggest achievement has been to bridge the knowledge gap for the rope access and rescue markets in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent by launching the first training center in Cochin, Kerala entirely dedicated to the same. The company’s essential mission is to enhance work at height and rescue standards throughout a region that spans two continents. With training centers in the UAE, India, Oman, and launching soon in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, TRAKS has acquired a reputation for being the go-to company for anything technical rescue. James is also PETZL certified to deliver the PPE and EXO courses. James is an ITRA Level 3 Rope Instructor.

  • Bachelors of Science in Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Level 3 Rope Access technician Instructor/Assessor (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association)
  • Headrush Certified Zipline installer
  • Heavy vehicle license

 United Arab Emirates

Jim Coffey

Jim has worked in the whitewater industry for over 30 years. Although fortune remains elusive Jim has worked in the Whitewater Industry full time since 1984. His success has allowed him to work on many of the world’s greatest rivers in Canada, the U.S.A, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India and Nepal. He captained the Canadian Rafting team to 5 top 10 finishes at the World Rafting Championships.

In 1990 Jim brought the Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue program to Eastern Canada and was trained as an instructor by Rescue 3 founder Jim Segerstrom. In 1992 Jim started teaching classes for Rescue 3 in Eastern Canada and in 2010 started a strategic alliance with Raven Rescue as a specialist in providing training courses for the recreational and professional paddlesports industry. Jim teaches contract courses worldwide particularly in Mexico and throughout Latin America where he resides during the winter months. Jim is also an accredited instructor with the American Canoeing association (ACA), a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the prestigious Higgins and Langley Award for Excellence in Swiftwater Rescue.

Jim is an ITRA Level 3A & 3B Swiftwater Rescue Instructor.


Michel Goulet

Michel has been fascinated with working and playing in the vertical environments for over 40 years. In 2003, he left his native country of Canada to start working at Petzl America located in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was recently elevated to National Sales Manager position for Petzl’s US and Canadian distribution network. Michel began rock climbing in Eastern Canada in 1976 and taught the sport as a certified Ontario Rock Climbing Association (ORCA) Instructor and Assessor for several years. His climbing school was the first in the province to receive full accreditation from ORCA. In the early 90s, Michel path changed and he began training work-at-height professionals such as; tower workers, rope-access technician, confined space workers, tactical officers and industrial, urban & wildness rescuers. He was the sales manager and training director at his own business located in Ottawa, Canada called MultiTrek Safety & Rescue Training from 1981 to 2003. Michel was also one of the first six original SPRAT Evaluators who helped develop certification standards and safe work practices for the North American rope-access community.

United States of America


Wayne Chapman

Wayne Chapman is the Assistant School Director at CMC. Wayne is a retired Fire Captain having served over 30 years with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Southern California. Wayne served in various capacities during his tenure with the OCFA including Firefighter, Paramedic, USAR Truck Firefighter, Heavy Rescue Captain, Truck Captain and Helicopter Crew Chief. Upon retirement from the Fire Service Wayne accepted a full-time position with CMC.

Wayne was also a member of FEMA’s California Task Force 5 since its inception in 1993. He spent the majority of his time with the Task Force as the Section Coordinator for the Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialists. Wayne was also qualified Rescue Team Manager and Safety Officer. He is an N.C.C.C.O certified Level I and II rigger and a recognized rigging subject matter expert with FEMA. Wayne has sat on several California State Fire Training committees and assisted with the development of the States Confined Space Rescue Technician and Rope Rescue Technician Programs. He was also a member of the California OES Regional Task Force Working Group as well as a non-voting member of the FEMA Rescue sub-group. He is a member ASTM Internationals committee F-32 relating to search and rescue.

Wayne has been with CMC Rescue since 1993 and resides in Surprise, AZ with his wife.

Richard Delaney

Understanding and teaching the Physics of Rigging is a core passion of Richard’s, one based on his experience, and his prior professional life as a qualified engineer.

Richard Delaney has worked professionally with ropes since 1992. Initially, this was as a multi-pitch rock-climbing instructor, but this moved quickly into specialised rescue instruction and rope access work. Richard’s formal qualifications include:​

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Diploma of Outdoor Recreation
  • Level 3 Rope Access Technician and Assessor/Evaluator (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians)
  • Licensed Dogger & Rigger
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • ITRA Level 3 Rope Instructor

Richard is also:

  • an accredited Vertical Rescue Instructor/Assessor
  • a past board member and Technical Director of the Australian Rope Access Association
  • a volunteer and Vertical Rescue Team Leader with the NSW State Emergency Service
  • the founder of the Rope Test Lab group on Facebook


Steve Glassey

Steve has been involved in rescue industry since 1993. In 2001, he was the inaugural recipient of the Ian Craig Memorial Grant and went to the US and trained under Rescue 3 Instructor Chris Jonahson. In 2006, he received an award from Rescue 3 International for his capability development in New Zealand, and later in 2014 was named the Rescue 3 International Instructor of the Year. He developed the National Urban Search & Rescue training framework and national qualifications, response team accreditation system, authored the USAR awareness trainer manual, and was one of the first three acting national USAR search dog evaluators along with Paul George and the late Ian Craig. in 2014, he and Geoff Bray became the first New Zealander’s to awarded the prestigious Higgins & Langley Memorial Award for developing the swiftwater body recovery course. He introduced swiftwater flood rescue boat, inland rescue swimming and confined space rescue programmes for Rescue 3 into New Zealand, and was the author and instructor trainer for their Animal Rescue Technician I/II (ARTech), Flood Worker Safety (FWS), and Recreational River Safety (RRS) programmes. Steve has also served operationally with a range of agencies including Ambulance Rescue, USAR Task Force (NZTF1) and the SPCA National Rescue Unit.

New Zealand

Tom Gwilliam

Tom Gwilliam is a Director and Training Manager of Specialist Training Consultants (STC). STC provide technical rescue and industrial safety training in the United Kingdom as well as consultancy, teams and equipment supply.

Tom’s passion is rope rescue as well as studying and furthering the knowledge and understanding of those delivering rescue programmes. Tom’s recent projects include the planning, training, selection and provision of technical rescue personnel on what will be the largest offshore windfarm in the world. Tom is an ITRA Level 2 Rope Instructor.

Tom’s formal qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Science (hons) in Outdoor Studies
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Certificates in Rope rescue, Swiftwater rescue as well as Emergency Management

Tom is also:

  • An on call Crew Commander in the UK Fire and Rescue Service
  • The unit manager and team leader of a volunteer Search and Rescue team

United Kingdom

Working Groups

ITRA also forms technical working groups for fixed projects.

Urban Search & Rescue Working Group

The USAR working group is currently working on developing qualifications for this subject and is compromised of:

  • Steve Glassey, Chair, New Zealand
  • Ross Chapman, USA
  • Nimal Zainal, Singapore
  • David Murphy, United Kingdom
  • Alan Baker, USA
  • Eric Stroud, USA
  • Duncan Henry, New Zealand

Confined Space

One of these working groups was the 2018 confined space working group who is comprised of practitioners from around the world who helped develop the ITRA Confined Space 1, 2, and 3 curricula. The CSWG was comprised of:

  • Steve Glassey, Chair, New Zealand
  • Tom Gwilliam, Deputy Chair, United Kingdom
  • Trevor Arnold, Australia
  • Adam Kelly, Australia
  • Nimal Zainal, Singapore
  • Colin LeGrow, Canada
  • Cameron McMillan, New Zealand
  • Willem Scheurwater, Netherlands
  • Cliff Freer, United States

This group has now adjourned. The Association thanks these people for their valuable contribution.

Companion Animal Working Group

The companion animal working group developed the respective qualification in 2019.

  • Steve Glassey, Chair, New Zealand
  • Eric Thompson, Deputy Chair, United States
  • Jenny Rizzi, New Zealand

This group has now adjourned. The Association thanks these people for their valuable contribution.

Ice Rescue Working Group

The ice rescue working group is currently drafting qualifications for membership consultation. The current group includes:

  • Steve Glassey, Chair, New Zealand
  • Eirik Holen, Norway
  •  Matt Magrisi, USA
  •  Jeff Anderson, Canada
  • Others under confirmation

Founding Steering Committee

The Association would like to acknowledge the contributions made by the following who founded or were part of the Steering Committee prior to the formal appointment of the current Board of Directors. Without their dedication and support, the Association would have not come to fruition. The Steering Committee ceased to exist in July 2019, as the Directors were appointed to create the formal Board.

  • Jim Coffey, Canada
  • Beth Henry, USA
  • Richard Delaney, Australia
  • Robin Pope, USA
  • Steve Fraser, Thailand
  • Trevor Arnold, Australia
  • Geoff Bray, New Zealand
  • Steve Glassey, New Zealand (Chair)
  • Brent Dubois, USA
  • James Falchetto, UAE
  • Sam Fawlkes, USA
  • David King, Australia
  • Aaron Peeler, USA
  • Trey Smith, USA
  • Tom Gwilliam, UK
  • John McKently, USA