Meet the Instructors of PRI Rescue




Len Pope: Lenny has been a PRI Instructor for over 6 years now. He has worked in the Emergency Service field since 1998 in New Jersey, currently serving as a firefighter in Hamilton Twp, Mercer County. Along with teaching Water Rescue, Len is also an instructor in HAZ-MAT, CBRNE, and Confine Space.

Shannon Pope: Shannon has been a PRI Instructor for over 3 years. She work in the field of Emergency Services for 5 years in New Jersey, currently serving in West Windsor Emergency Services. Shannon is a certified instructor in CPR, HAZ-MAT, CBRNE, and Confined Space.

James Chebra: MS CEM NREMT-P, Jamie has been teaching with PRI since 1996. He is an avid paddler and conformable in both ocean and river environments. Jamie works for Capital Health as the Emergency Preparedness (EP) and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) Operations Manger. He has been a paramedic for eleven years and actively involved in first aid for the last 19 years. Jamie was a member of NJTF-1 for several years. Jamie has both climbing and mountaineering experience. Jamie spends some time guiding whitewater rafting trips. His hobbies include hiking, kayaking, writing and photography.

Joe Gribbons: Joe grew up along the Delaware River and at age 16 is credited with saving a boy who had become trapped against a strainer in Scudder’s Falls. He has an almost 30 year history of volunteering both Fire and EMS in New Jersey & Rhode Island. During those years has held nearly every position including the rank of Chief. Today, Joe works as an Emergency Services Specialist in West Windsor, N.J. His job includes Fire-Rescue, EMS, Hazmat and Rope Rescue. He is also a member of New Jersey Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue Team. As a member of their Swiftwater Rescue component Joe spent two weeks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Joe has been teaching Swiftwater Rescue with PRI for ten years.

Kevin Rice:

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