After an extensive and thorough recruitment process for our new Director of Readiness position, we are pleased to announce that the hiring committee has unanimously selected a successful candidate, Mr. Ralph Mohrmann. Ralph will commence his duties at RMCSAR HQ on February 5th where he will be responsible for the Readiness Directorate inclusive of training, safety, and SAR prevention functions. Ralph is a consummate collaborator and he will join RCMSAR at a critical juncture as we strive towards interagency excellence in community based marine safety. Please see below for a brief outline of his background and experience.
Ralph Mohrmann is bringing to RCMSAR his expertise in preparing organizations for operational readiness through planning, safety and training system management as well as his deep understanding of inter-agency collaboration gained from over 30 years of emergency response and management experience. Ralph started his public safety career as a wildland firefighter as a Rapattack crewmember with the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). He fulfilled many training development and supervisory roles for technical and leadership courses including those related to aviation safety. Ralph's career with BCWS culminated in his role as the Superintendent of Training and Safety where he was responsible for over 200 technical training courses, the provincial training safety program, national standards and training synchronization, and personnel recruitment.
For the past seven years Ralph has been a key organizational leader with Emergency Management BC as the Assistant Director of Operations and he has overseen responses to a variety of local and provincial emergencies including earthquakes, flooding, marine interface landslides and environmental response operations. For many of these emergencies, Ralph was responsible as Director of the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre for coordinating provincial responses and support to local authorities. Ralph has also represented the province as the operations lead for several preparedness exercises including joint air, land and marine SAR response exercises, and most recently, the 2017 marine mass rescue operations exercise Salish Sea. In this position he was also responsible for the establishment and oversight of the Occupational Health and Safety Program for the BC Search and Rescue Association and leadership of the Public Safety Lifeline Volunteer Program which includes over 12,000 volunteers across the province.
In addition to many technical qualifications, Ralph holds a Diploma in Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska and is active with sports as well as coaching his two young daughters' soccer and fastball teams.