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Rescue Services

Global Mountain Solutions provides only the highest qualified Emergency Rescue Technicians. Our emergency rescue technicians have an ability to respond to almost any emergency situation when dealing with complex work environments at height or in challenging terrain. GMS rescue teams pride themselves on working together as one cohesive team to provide a professional rescue service that always puts the client first.

As each operation is unique, different rescue services will be required depending on the location, terrain, and work being completed. GMS offers the following Emergency Rescue Services:

  • Emergency Response Planning and Assessments
  • Helicopter Long­Line Rescue Services
  • Mountain Rescue Services

All GMS Rescue Technicians participate in regular in­house recurrent mountain, rescue and helicopter training. Global Mountain Solutions has a proven international track record and continues to set the highest standards for comprehensive training programs, professional certification, industry professionalism and client services. Managing risk and solving problems in difficult and mountainous terrain is our business.


Each Rescue technician holds a current minimum 80­hour First Aid certification and hold a variety of Rescue and Risk Management Organizations memberships including:

  • WCB OFA 3 and Wilderness First Responders
  • Air Rescue Association of Canada
  • International Federation Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA)
  • American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • Industrial Rope Access Trades Association (IRATA)
  • Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT)
  • Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
  • Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA)
  • Helicopter Association of Canada (HAC) 


Marc Ledwidge IFMGA, ACMG, HEC Program Manager

Marc is an IFMGA certified mountain guide with 30 years of experience in professional mountain rescue and safety with Parks Canada. He is a Canadian subject matter expert in the field of helicopter rescue and Class D (HETS) operations. He spent 14 years as the Canadian delegate to the International Commission for Alpine rescue with the last five as vice­president of the Air Rescue Commission. He currently is serving as the President of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides. 


John ‘Jay’ Mathers, DO, Medical Director

Jay graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to medical school, he worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School teaching mountaineering/technical climbing courses and working as a ski patrolman for the Telluride Ski Patrol. In 1999, he worked his first VIP patrol with the Denali National Park Service at the 14200’ camp doing mountain rescue work for the park. After this he participated in two more patrols, one in 2000, and then in 2005 as a 4th year medical student. He currently works in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango, CO and is the Medical Director for Archuleta County Search and Rescue.