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About Rescue North East

Paul Renwick | Senior Instructor

Paul has been involved with the world of rescue since joining Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team at the age of 18 (That’s over 28 years ago!). Within this team he has been involved in the development of their technical rescue capabilities; currently heading up the training for specialist water and height related rescues. He is a fully certified Advanced Rescue 3 Instructor and has delivered courses throughout Europe. His passion for working in the outdoors, especially the Rescue environment, and encouragement from numerous candidates who had attended his courses eventually led him to create Rescue North East Ltd. He is proud to have 100% positive feedback and an ever growing reputation for delivering a high quality service. This makes him the first port of call for many different organisations; cementing his reputation as “a problem solver”. Industries that currently use his advisory expertise include the UK Emergency Services, Renewable Wind Energy and the Construction services.

Paul and all of the instructors used by Rescue North East are practitioners; they all work within the environments for which they deliver their training, rather than being instructors who teach straight from the manual! Paul has helped several teams set up, maintain and implement operational sectors to their organisations. Paul is always willing to discuss procedures and systems with anybody who has an inquiry.

Paul is a qualified teacher and holds various outdoor qualifications such as RYA Level 2 and Swiftwater Rescue Boats Operator. Courses he can deliver include DEFRA Mod 5 Management of Water and Flood Related Incidents, Search Management, Technical Rope Rescue, and First Aid and FREC courses, to name but a few. On top of all this he is a HCPC Registered Paramedic a graded search dog handler and a father to four fantastic boys!

Richard Warne | Lead Instructor

Richard has been working with Rescue North East since May 2011, but he has been there since the set-up of the company, in 2010, providing his support and his expertise. He specialises as a Medical and Rope Rescue course deliverer. The Outdoor and Rescue qualifications that he holds include Search management, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, First Aid Instructor and Advance MREW Casualty Care Trainer and Assessor. He has been involved with Search and Rescue for over 24 years and brings this experience to all of the sessions he runs. Rich is often requested directly by clients because of his ability to teach complex courses to a range of candidates. Rescue North East are proud of Rich’s continued involvement in our team.

Phil Murray | Lead Instructor

Phil a HCPC registered Paramedic has been involved in providing rescue and pre-hospital care for over twenty years.

Phil brings to RNE his experience in pre-hospital emergency medical care and military medicine from across the globe. Phil’s extensive practice encompasses Hazardous Area Response Team (National Ambulance Resilience Unit) https://naru.org.uk/ , Urban Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Military medicine to elite units, and now practices as a Specialist Paramedic focusing in acute emergency care and major trauma. Phil has developed and instructed remote medical courses in the Belize Jungle and to African anti-poaching organisations, Directing staff on the World Extreme Medicine MSc exercise https://www.extrememedicineexpo.com/international-msc-extreme-medicine-2/ . Phil has had the honour of being a speaker at the World Extreme Medical Expo since 2015 providing interactive medical traininghttps://www.extrememedicineexpo.com/

Phil challenged his medical skills and knowledge by achieving the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, Diploma in Immediate Medical Care (Dip IMC) later being selected as an examiner, next attaining a BSc in Paramedic Studies.

Phil is a fully certified Rescue 3 Instructor.

Outside of work Phil enjoys any form of cycling, mountain sports and skiing.

Rescue North East Instructor
Phil Murray

Lead Instructor

Richard Hey | Instructor

Rich recently joined the RNE team after nearly 10 years spent delivering a range of rescue courses to rescue professionals from across the UK. His specialism is swiftwater and flood rescue having developed several specialist courses as an International Rescue Instructors Alliance trainer. He has recently transferred his accreditation authority to Rescue3Europe and continues his passion for high quality, innovative and enjoyable course delivery.Rich is an active practitioner having been a mountain rescue team member for 20 years, search dog handler and water rescue leader for much of that time. As lead for a DEFRA registered flood rescue team he has been operationally involved in major national flood events since 2009 both in the water and as a tactical advisor within multi-agency command cells.

Outside work Rich is a very active outdoor enthusiast kayaking, caving, mountaineering, skiing and fell running. He holds the British Association of Ski Patrollers Emergency Medical Technician and Mountain Rescue Casualty Care certificates.

Dr Daniel Miller | Instructor

Dan met Paul volunteering with Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team in 2015 and has recently started working with RNE. He is a DEFRA swift-water rescue technician, BORDA off road driver and continues to develop his skills in search, rope rescue and winter mountaineering. 

In 2017 he took over as medical lead and is responsible for training and education, quality improvement, inventory, scope of practice and CPD for the team. He teaches and examines on the casualty care course and teaches on the extended skills casualty care course. 

Dan’s day job is an anaesthesia and intensive care doctor working in hospitals throughout the region. He has a PGCert Med Ed, is enthusiastic about teaching and has regular teaching responsibilities for allied healthcare professionals.

Sean Martin Lead Instructor

Sean has been involved in the rescue sector since 2016 where he joined South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade as a Search and Rescue team member. Whilst working with the team, he completed the HM Coastguard Water Rescue Instructor course and became lead for water rescue. Sean has completed various courses involving Rope Rescue Technician, High Risk Confined Space and Rescue, Working at Height, First Responder Emergency Care L3 and RYA Powerboat L2 . He now volunteers his time with HM Coastguard working alongside with various agencies along the coastline. Sean has taught in the outdoor sector since 2014 to a wide range of clients in a variety of disciplines. His feedback from clients show the passion and drive he has for his line of work. 

Outside of work Sean is a very keen and active outdoor enthusiast who enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking and paddle-boarding. In his spare time you can often find him in the lake district or at a local crag. 

Sean Martin
Sean Martin


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