Steve and Oddney Gumaer founded Partners Relief & Development 26 years ago in response to the needs of a child who was found by pro-democracy soldiers in a tribal area of Myanmar. She was 4 years old, the only known survivor of her village that was attacked by Myanmar Army forces. They helped that child get foster care and provisions, which led to helping more children in the same circumstances. Today they have helped around a half million displaced people per year - still focusing on children who are marginalized or suffer the consequences of war. They work where violence or political complexity prevents large agencies from helping. Their work currently takes them to places in Myanmar, Thailand, Bangladesh, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Steve’s mission is bringing freedom and fullness to children caught in war zones. He leads a team that is regularly in remote and dangerous locations where medical care is distant or non-existent. It is because of students like Steve that we are passionate about Remote and Wilderness Medicine here at Remote Medical Training and we are humbled that Steve chose our REMT course to receive his EMT education.
Tim Abate currently works as a sea kayak guide for Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, as well as for Northwest Navigation Co., an Alaskan tour operation which provides small ship cruises on the Motor Vessel David B. He is a recent graduate of Remote Medical Training’s Wilderness First Aid Course (WFA). During the better part of his first 15 years working, Tim worked on various passenger vessels and in the commercial fishing industry. During this time, he obtained a US Coast Guard Captains’ License. In 2001, he relocated to Bellingham, WA, and spent the next 15 years working in chairlift operations at the Mt. Baker Ski Area. We chose to spotlight Tim because he has actively pursued guiding and serving others for over 30 years, both on the water and in the mountains, allowing more people to enjoy activities in remote and wilderness areas safely.
Eli Loomis is a native of Washington State who works as the Executive Director of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) and is an instructor with Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. Eli is a current Remote Medical Training (RMT) Wilderness First Responder and is a recent graduate of our Hybrid Wilderness First Responder Recertification course. We are excited to spotlight this fellow outdoor educator. Below is his story.
Adam Hawkins is a graduate student studying past glacier and climate change in western Canada, living in central British Columbia. Over the years, Adam has taken Remote Medical Training's Remote EMT course and is a recent graduate of our Remote Medicine Upgrade & Recertification (RMUR) program. We chose Adam to spotlight because we feel he is making a positive difference in our world with his medical training and skills. Below is his story.
Annie Schinnell is a Senior on the Lake View Interagency Helitack Crew down in Lake View Oregon. She is currently in her seventh season working as a wildland firefighter. She is a graduated from the Remote Medical Training REMT Course two years ago and is a recent graduate of our Remote Medicine Upgrade Recertification course (RMUR) Program. We are proud to support the difference Annie is making in the world by providing her medical training while she makes a difference out of the fire line.