Josh Mister has only been with MATR for a little over two years, but in that time he has helped to teach almost every course we’ve offered. He began his fire service career as a young volunteer almost 20 years ago with the Eureka Volunteer Fire Department in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. He later began working for the Montgomery County, Maryland Fire Rescue Department where he is now closing in on 15 years of service. Josh is currently a Lieutenant and rides the heavy rescue out of Fire Station 15 on the East side of the county. Prior to that he was assigned to Fire Station 25, a “satellite” Special Operations station.
Josh continues to play a major role in technical rescue, both at work and for MATR. In the early days of the “rescue challenge team”, Josh spent countless hours training and participating with the group. He is a Rescue Squad Officer for Maryland Task Force 1, the Maryland FEMA US&R Team. He teaches various technical rescue courses for the FEMA Task Force, as well as the Montgomery County Fire/Rescue Academy. He is a self-proclaimed “lifelong student” of Ropes That Rescue, a top tier, second to none rope rescue school out of Sedona, Arizona where Josh has attended many 7-day intense rope rescue courses. Josh lives in Baltimore with his “soon to be wife” Siemone, and dog Theo.