Ralph has worked in public safety planning, training and operations for more than 40 years, including outdoor education, search and rescue, emergency medical services, disaster emergency services, and law enforcement. He has worked extensively with volunteer units, and with local, state, and federal government agencies to develop search and rescue and emergency management plans along with training and response programs.
These agencies include the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Washington, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). He helped coordinate the development of the United States’ international disaster response program and has responded to disasters and other emergency incidents across the United States and in several foreign countries. He has written three comprehensive emergency management plans for colleges and universities in Washington State.
Ralph has served as the Virginia State Search and Rescue Coordinator and as a Flight Paramedic with the Virginia State Police. He currently teaches air crew survival for federal, state, and local government agencies as well as volunteer and private organizations. He is also a Bible teacher and writes about and teaches both practical and spiritual preparation for the uncertain times in which we live.
He recently retired as a police officer in Washington State but continues to work in emergency management. Ralph is also a Wilderness First Responder Instructor, a certified rescue diver, and a pilot. He is a member of the Airborne Public Safety Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the National Association for Search and Rescue, the Civil Air Patrol and the Wilderness Medical Society and an amateur radio operator; K7PBA.