Getting To Know Project Director and Partner Craig McClure of The Crackerjack Group

Written By: Lance Piatt

I’ve known Craig for many years now and felt super comfortable in having him lead our workshops over the last six months.  During this time, we pooled some ideas together and wondered what a mega-course might look like.  Knowing the work and resources it took to finish and produce our amazingly successful 5 Day Advance Master Class (A journey into artificial high directional and twin tension systems), we understood a bit more about what it might take to scale new heights in the rope rescue and rigging arena.  The concept was agreed upon and have already begun production work on this project.  We can’t much about it, except to say “things will never be the same again”.


So... A little history...

We started the business in 2012 in Bend Oregon as both a training group and a contract based emergency medical service.

In 2016 we divided the business and sold the event medical business in order to focus our mission and grow the training we offer.  In 2018 we renamed the company The Crackerjack Group to better highlight the top-shelf trainers and thought leaders on our team.  The Crackerjack Group gives a platform to the best and most approachable trainers in the industry.

We are training across the country, and  building partnerships to provide leading edge instruction on the latest search and rescue, rope rescue, wilderness operations, and organization development and health. We will continue to develop our classes and services to be the best because you deserve it.

As we move forward, we will remain dedicated to providing the absolute best in industry training and sustainable solutions for the challenges facing agencies and managers involved on the front lines. Our mission has been, and will always be, to raise the standard of first responder education. We invite you to engage with us to learn more about how we can assist you in addressing your particular challenges.

Now Onto Craig

Craig is a 14+ year Search and Rescue veteran in the Pacific Northwest and is the founder of The Crackerjack Group.  Craig is a founding member and Level 3 instructor with the International Technical Rescue Association. He’s currently a SAR volunteer for Deschutes County Oregon, rescue member of the MRA accredited mountain rescue team, an EMT, and specializes in technical and backcountry winter disciplines. He holds an AIARE Avalanche level 2 certification and is an expert backcountry skier. Equally comfortable in the field or command, he’s served as the coordinator for the Incident Management team and has participated in approximately 400 missions in his career reaching back to 2004 as a wilderness K9 handler. Craig is a frequent instructor for technical disciplines at SAR conferences, has served as an evaluator for MRA team accreditation, and was the a safety officer and rigger for the first descents into the glacial caves of Mt St Helens. He has led and participated in high alpine glacial rescues, big wall vertical rescues, and complex extraction missions. He enjoys teaching and believes his greatest offering is the ability to guide teams as a whole to improve communication, efficiency, and understanding of well-reasoned default operating guidelines. . Craig serves on the Curriculum Committee of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Search and Rescue Advisory Council and is a co-author and instructor of the state SAR Incident Management program. In 2013 he was recognized as the state SAR Volunteer of the Year. He has also served as a sworn Reserve Deputy and in addition to uniformed patrol, worked seasonally as a snowmobile patrol deputy and as a sworn municipal Police Officer and is a graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards Police Academy. He is certified NRA Range Safety Officer. Craig brings a solid perspective on leadership, objective-based management, and great personal experience as a field operator.


Peace on your days…


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