Mountain Medics was formed in 2014 as a response to the growing need for on-scene medical support for wildland firefighters. We are proudly based out of Dunsmuir, California, on the edge of the wildland urban interface. Siskiyou County is one of the most economically disadvantaged counties in California and is disproportionately affected by wildfire.
The availability of satellite internet and wireless technologies allows us to remain in constant communication with trained emergency physicians. We offer rugged mobile medical clinics, ambulance support teams, and medical response tents staffed by fire line qualified medics, registered nurses, and midlevel providers. Our medical response teams are equipped to live and work in harsh conditions and carry a full complement of prescription medications, IV solutions, and wound care supplies.
The Executive Team
Co-founder, Chief Medical Officer
Aaron lives in rural Siskiyou county because he enjoys the natural surroundings and the community. He is an avid skier and paraglider pilot.
Aaron grew up in northern CA and graduated from UC Berkeley. After taking an EMT course and becoming involved in the local search and rescue organization, Aaron decided to make emergency medicine a career. He completed a surgical internship and residency training in emergency medicine. Aaron is a practicing board-certified emergency physician.
Aaron’s professional passions include bringing portable medical technologies to remote environments, elevating the standard of care for rural communities, and using innovative approaches to the problem of acute care delivery.
M.D., Keck School of Medicine of USC, 2009
UCSF East Bay Surgery internship, 2009 - 2010
University of Arizona, Tucson Emergency Medicine resident, 2010 - 2013
ABEM board-certified emergency physician
AIARE avalanche safety level 2 certified
altitude-related illness research in Nepal, Khumbu region, Sagarmatha National Park, Himalayan Rescue Association, 2008
DOT certified medical examiner
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
Chad grew up in Alaska at the base of the Talkeetna Mountains and generally spent his free time backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing. He relocated to Northern California in 1998 to teach environmental education.
After settling in Mount Shasta, Chad started working for the local ambulance service as an EMT and became involved in ski patrol, mountain guiding and search and rescue.
His first exposure to disaster medicine was triaging at the Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina. In 2004, he traveled to Pakistan after a major earthquake to set up and help staff several urgent care clinics.
Chad has gone on to work throughout the US as a fireline paramedic and as a disaster paramedic with the National Guard and FEMA.
AIARE Avalanche Safety Level 2 Certified
Ski Patrol NSP and APP
15 years as Fireline Paramedic
Swiftwater Rescue Certified
Rope Rescue Certified
Adam Burns, Paramedic
”Those who live for tomorrow lose out on today”
Carly Brown, Paramedic
”In a world where you can be anything, be kind”
Sean Prouty, Paramedic
Matt Nicora, EMT
”Climb the mountains and get their good tidings” -Muir
”Take every day as a new opportunity to be the best person that you can be”
Robert Tedina, EMT
"If you try, you can find joy in just about anything"
interested in JOINing the team?
Mountain Medics is currently seeking qualified personneL
Mountain Medics seeks qualified employees to work on our ambulances and in our mobile medical clinics.
Many people talk about wilderness medicine–Mountain Medics actually practices it. We provide care on-scene at large wildfires and disasters. We are a new and growing company and pledge to help you further your career.
The ideal EMT-B, paramedic, nurse, or midlevel provider candidate will meet the following requirements:
Current license, state of California required. Other state licenses appreciated.
Current ACLS / BLS certification
Able to communicate and develop interpersonal relationships with interdisciplinary health care teams
Knowledge of pathophysiology and related disease processes of the acute patient
Wilderness medicine experience preferred
Ambulance/EMS experience preferred
Able to function independently and comfortably in austere environments and wilderness settings
If you think you have what it takes to work for Mountain Medics, please fill out the form below.