David Gacad, EMS Director
David Gacad, was the founding member of the Emergency Response Team. David started the ERT in the Summer 2006 to provide volunteer medical services for the North High JROTC program. He felt that it was a great honor to give back to a program that gave him so much guidance in his youth. Throughout the years, David has been a vital element in the training and safety of the North High JROTC program. In 2009, he was awarded the "Commander's Award for Public Service" from the United States Army, the fourth highest award a civilian can receive.
David Gacad started his EMS career as an Explorer with the Fire Department at the young age of 15. In 2005, he enrolled into an EMT program and was certified shortly after. In 2007, he started working for an Ambulance Company, serving the communities of Inglewood, Compton, and Redondo Beach. Working in these high volume systems gave David a good foundation for an EMT. In the Summer of 2010, David made a life changing decision to move to the Central Coast of California to further his career goals and enroll in an accredited Paramedic Program. Currently David is working as an Paramedic on a 911 Ambulance, Reserve Firefighter/Paramedic, and as an EMT Instructor. He hopes that with his new training and knowledge he can lead his organization to further greatest.
Robert Makham, Operations Supervisor
Robert Markham, the second founding member, assisted David Gacad in the organization of the ERT. Robert Markham and David Gacad both met as Explorers with the Fire Department. Robert always having a sense of honor to serve, he was an Explorer Advisor with his old post. With David knowing this, he thought it would be a great idea to bring Robert into the creation of the ERT.
Robert gained his training as an EMT at a local community college, soon after he became a recruit with the James Sherman Fire Academy. For a number of years, Robert served as a Training Assitant with a number of different Fire Academies. He also worked as an on site Fire Inspector with the Fox Studios Safety Department. Currently, Robert is working as a Senior Dispatcher with a local Fire Department.
Adrian Beigh-Gacad, Senior Field Training Specialist
Adrian, the cousin of David Gacad, was introduced to the world of EMS by David. He began his training as an Explorer with the Fire Department. In 2008, Adrian enrolled in an EMT program and later that year became an EMT for an Ambulance Company, serving Orange County. Adrian is currently a Paramedic Student at UCLA Daniel Freeman.
Kevin Jones, Logistics
Kevin Jones, a Combat Medic with the US Army, joined the team in the Summer of 2008. Kevin has been a great element to the team in the sense of his advance training. Since most of the ERT operations are military installations, Kevin is the highest medical authority. Currently Kevin is still serving with the Army Reserves and working as an EMT with a 911 Ambulance Company. Kevin plans on attending Paramedic School in the near future.
Aaron Rayor, Food Unit Leader
Aaron Rayor joined the ERT in 2009 after serving five years in the United States Marine Corps. After being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps, he enrolled into an EMT program. Later joining the ERT in the Summer of 2009. In 2010, Aaron decided to leave EMS and pursue a career in Culinary Arts. With his change of heart, Aaron still keeps his EMT certification up to date to provide medical services along with providing the ERT with a great meal during operations.
Andy Hutcherson, Communications Specialist
Andy Hutcherson or "Hutch" to the ERT, joined in the Summer of 2010. Andy became interested in the ERT after seeing them provide medical services for the JROTC Summer Training. As an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America, Hutch had a strong background in Wilderness First Aid. Along with this first aid training, he also provided Sport Medicine and Therapy to his high school.
Jason Sajulan, Field Training Specialist
Jason joined the team in the August of 2010 and has over 7-years experience working on a 9-1-1 ambulance as an EMT-B. He also works as a Psychiatric Technician Assistant providing direct patient care for Developmentally Delayed children with severe behavior issues in a Crisis House. Along with his extensive field experience Jason is also a Primary Lead Instructor for Cuesta College's EMT program in San Luis Obispo, CA. Jason has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and has completed prerequisite coursework for entry into Physician Assistant Graduate programs. Prior to his career in EMS, Jason served honorably in the United States Navy for 6-years. He has done two tours in the Persian Gulf and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals, a Navy Good Conduct, and several letters of commendation from fleet Admirals.
Masa Uchiumi, Fitness Coordinator
Masa was certified in EMT-B training with California Institute of Emergency Medical Training in Long Beach, December 2010 and started working with Bowers Ambulance in their Critical Care Transport unit on February 28, 2011. Recently he was hired with Doctor's Ambulance and will be running 911 calls with OCFA. Masa is certified in EKG & Pharmacology with CPR Code-3 Training and Digital Media & Arts with Irvine Valley College. Also on the side note, Masa is a avid member of CrossFit Irvine and will be looking to obtain a CrossFit Level 1 Cert early in 2012.
Scott Ferdig joined the ERT in the Spring of 2013. Scott attended the Allan Hancock College Basic Fire Fighter Academy and is currently working as a Reserve Fire Fighter for the Orange County Fire Authority.
Conner Mehl joined the ERT in the Spring of 2013. Conner received his EMT train from Santa Barbara City College and also attended the Allan Hancock Fire Academy. Conner currently is a Fire Fighter with the Community of Painted Cave Volunteer Fire Department.