James Hurley first began teaching with MATR in 2013 after spending considerable time working with us through other projects. A few years earlier he was introduced to our staff by another MATR instructor and at that time he began working alongside us through the Rescue Challenge group—a group at that time composed only of Montgomery County, Maryland technical rescuers who competed in the Virginia based Rescue Challenge. We immediately recognized his talents in technical rescue and he became the first non-MCFR member of the group. After participating in several MATR seminars and continuing to work with us in various other capacities, the group felt he was the next logical choice for a MATR instructor.
James fire service career spans 15 years and multiple departments. He is currently assigned to Rescue 2 in the Washington DC Fire Department where he has worked for nearly 10 years. Prior to that James worked for the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Fire Department for 5 years. In addition to his career experience, James has been a member of the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (Prince Georges County, Maryland) since 2003. James spent several years as a captain of the heavy rescue in this “special service only” fire station, housing only a ladder and heavy rescue which are both quite busy. In addition to MATR, James is also a rescue instructor for the Washington DC Fire/Rescue Training academy. Finally, he also owns Heavy Rescue Solutions, a technical rescue company that designs and produces earth anchoring systems.