Our Crew


Greg recently retired after 32 years with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Greg was assigned to the Air Operations Section as a Firefighter Flight Paramedic. He is a qualified Aircrewman on Bell 412’s, and Augusta Westland AW-139’s.

His duties include Crew Chief, Hoist Operator, and Helispot manager at brush fires. He is a veteran of numerous high profile rescues, including swift water and mountain operations.

Greg’s collateral duties included Person in Charge of Aircrew training and standardization. This involves all aspects up to and including check flights, and policies and procedures. Greg was also the equipment coordinator, responsible for testing, repair, and fabrication of new equipment.

He was a member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department Swift Water and Urban Search and Rescue teams for over 25 years. He is a FEMA Medical Specialist with an expanded scope of practice. Greg completed a ten-day deployment at the World Trade Center on 9-1-1 as part of a FEMA task force. He was one of the first FEMA members to attend the Operational Emergency Medical Specialist course in Quantico Virginia. Greg is Nationally Registered Paramedic. Additionally he was trained as TEMS medic with LAPD SWAT.

Greg is a former Naval Reserve Aircrewman, HH-60H Crew Chief, gunner, and Combat Search and Rescue Corpsman. He has accumulated over 300 hours of NVG flight, most during direct action combat missions. He was deployed to Iraq supporting Special Operations.

Greg is frequent speaker at the annual Goodrich hoist conference at HAI, and has been an adviser on numerous initial hoist training programs. Greg is a published author of many technical helicopter rescue articles.


Kevin is a retired Captain with over thirty four years of service from a large county Fire Department in the San Joaquin Valley of Southern California.

He was in charge of their Helicopter Operations section, Crew Chief, Hoist Operator, and NVG program manager. His other duties included aircrew training and standardization, Helitac crew training, and US Forrest Service Helibase manager and Division group supervisor. He was instrumental in developing his agencies present helicopter rescue, hoist and firefighting program.

Kevin has performed over 900 live hoists during training as well as numerous day and NVG rescues in all types of terrain ranging from the desert to the high Sierra Mountains, deep canyons and rivers.


Scott’s aviation career spans over 27 years as a dual-rated pilot with more than 7500 flight hours. He is currently working for a large county Fire Department in South Central California as an Interagency Carded Air Tactical fixed wing and helicopter fire suppression, rescue, and NVG pilot and instructor. Scott holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Airplane Multi-Engine Land and Commercial/Instrument – Rotorcraft, helicopter, Airplane Single-Engine Land certificates. He is also a dual-rated Master Army Aviator and a decorated combat veteran.

Scott has operated airplanes and helicopters throughout North America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe for organizations including the U.S. Army, FAR 121 airlines, FAR 135 Air Medical, FAR 135, 133 utility and FAR 91 public use organizations. Scott’s Instructor, Check Airman, and Unit Trainer duties have included; Aerial Gunnery and Tactics, NVG Operations, Instruments, Military Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations, Helicopter and Airplane Air Medical Operations, Day and Night Helicopter Hoist Rescue and Aerial Fire Suppression, External Load Operations, and Fixed Wing Air Tactical Fire Operations.


David is an 18 year veteran EMS provider with 10 years as a Firefighter Paramedic for a large municipal Fire Department. David is currently assigned to the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force as a Firefighter Paramedic. He is a qualified FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Medical Specialist and serves on the department’s Swift Water Rescue Team. David has served a combined 20 years in the US NAVY and US NAVY Reserves where he obtained the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer.

His primary duties are: Senior Enlisted Aircrew and Medical Department Leading Chief Petty Officer for a US NAVY helicopter squadron. David is involved with development and supervision of a helicopter search and rescue medic program providing support for Special Operation Forces and Combat Search and Rescue. He maintains qualifications as a Naval Aircrewman, HH-60S/H Crew Chief, Gunner, Search and Rescue Swimmer, and Search and Rescue Medical Technician.

David has mobilized three times post 9/11 in support of Special Operations and Naval Air Ambulance Detachments in Iraq.

David maintains licensure/certifications of EMT/Paramedic, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and has completed the Operational Emergency Medical Skills course (OEMS) at USMC Camp Pendleton.


Ed has over 20 years experience as an EMS provider and 12 years as a registered nurse. He presently serves as a Flight Nurse for Mercy Air Services the largest private air medical corporation in the United States. As a Flight Nurse and Certified Aircraft Crew Member, his duties include management of critical care and trauma patients of all ages, aircraft safety, navigation and communication.

Previously Ed worked as an Emergency and Intensive Care Unit Nurse for a busy rural hospital in Antelope Valley, Ca. where he was involved in all levels of patient care as well as Quality Assurance. He is certified as an Emergency Medical Systems Instructor and a Paramedic Instructor and served in the US Army 82nd Airborne for 4 years.

ARC welcomes new team members

Coming soon, photos and more specific details in the advanced skills these professionals contribute to our world-class training.

Mike Belle

Mike retired from Miami Dade Fire Department with over 32 years of service. The majority of his career spent as a Flight Paramedic and Rescue Swimmer in their aviation section. Mike also is retired Air Force Pararescue with over 28 years in active duty and the guard.

Raymond Perez

Ray is a retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a Firefighter Paramedic. Ray also is retired Air Force Pararescue with over 30 years in active duty and the guard.

Brian Koneval

Brian is an active Los Angeles City Fire Department member. Brian is a LAFD diver and swift water rescue specialist. Brian brings to ARC many skills that contribute to safe water operations.