Tyler George, Director: Tyler worked as an EMT for Silverton EMS for 4 years before applying for the Director's position when Kimmet Holland announced his retirement at the beginning of 2021. He accepted the position on June 1st, of that year. Although he didn't have the EMS experience Director Holland had, his BA in Business Administration, in addition to his practical business management experience, made him a good candidate for the position. He was also born and raised in Silverton, giving him unique knowledge of the area. From childhood he spent many years at the St. Paul Ski Lodge learning from some of the best search and rescue personnel and avalanche experts in the nation. Director George is dedicated to continuing Director Holland's work, striving for excellence in austere pre-hospital medicine and rescue, and giving the residents of San Juan County an Ambulance & Rescue Service they are proud of and can rely on.
Ian Ellis, Paramedic: Ian has called the San Juan mountains home for the past ten years focusing on skiing and climbing objectives around the range. Pre hospital patient care in the mountainous environment is Ian’s passion and he has worked extensively with Telluride ski patrol and Silverton Ambulance. Ian is currently the search and rescue training coordinator and a full time Paramedic with Silverton Ambulance Association. “ I truly love teaching medicine and search and rescue tactics in austere settings. The dynamic environment requires me to be sharp and as focused as possible in order to provide optimal care for my patients”. You can find Ian around Ouray climbing choss or pushing his mountain bike up some punishing trail with his dog Ziggy.
Cameron began his career in EMS as a volunteer with Silverton Ambulance in 2017 and started working full time as a EMT in January of 2020. Prior to his career in EMS, Cameron studied Sociology at the University of Oregon before becoming a certified Behavioral Life Coach, working individually with college students. Growing up in Bend, Oregon, Cameron has always had a passion for outdoor recreation which led to his relocation to Silverton where he enjoys skiing and running. Cameron has completed training courses in Avalanche Rescue and Technical Rope Rescue.
Elizabeth is beginning her career as a paramedic in Silverton after several years of volunteering with the organization as an EMT. You might also find her teaching avalanche education with the Silverton Avalanche School. Liz is often glued to her mountain bike seat in the summer and knows how to prioritize fun in the mountains.
Ryan's career in EMS started in 2009 when he became and EMT Basic and joined ski patrol at Mammoth Mountain. He moved to Silverton in 2013 to take a job as patrol and guide at Silverton Mountain and started volunteering at the Ambulance. Inspired by the paramedics he worked with, he decided to take the next step and completed paramedic school in the spring of 2018. When he's not working he enjoys spending time with family, skiing and kayaking close to home, and fly fishing with his daughter Ruby.
Dave has participated in EMS and Search & Rescue for many years dating back to Seasonal National Parker Service, urban ambulance and Colorado mountain rescue. In his spare time, he might be found exploring remote mountain streams fly fishing or backpacking.
Tyler is Nationally Certified as an EMT-IV. He has been practicing emergency medicine for two years, beginning his career at Mercy Mecical Center in Durango which led to being a volunteer for Silverton San Juan County and currently a full time EMT. Aside from medicine, Tyler participates in Mountain Rescue for SJC and has a technical rope rescue background. Recreationally, Tyler enjoys climbing, riding, surfing, floating, and enjoying the sunshine with only the most radical humans.
Kimmet has an extensive 35 year EMS/Rescue/fire background. He started his EMS, Fire and SAR careers in the Albuquerque area in 1982. His experience includes volunteering with Bernalillo County Fire Dept. and Albuquerque Mountain Rescue Council. He worked at Albuquerque Ambulance paramedic, field supervisor and left in 1998 as an operations supervisor. During this time he also worked part-time as a flight paramedic and for the Town of Bernalillo EMS. Kimmet started his fire career in 1998 with Santa Fe County Fire Department as he worked his way up the ranks from paramedic/FF, Lieutenant, and retired in 2012 after 8 years as Assistant Chief of Operations and Training. During this time he was the Chair of Santa Fe Community College EMS program’s advisory committee and the director of Santa Fe County Fire Department’s Academy. Kimmet also worked part-time as a ski patroller for Santa Fe Ski Area. In the past he has been an AHA ACLS, BLS and PALS instructor as well as a PHTLS instructor. Currently he is the Director of Silverton’s EMS, Member of San Juan County Mountain Rescue and is on the Board of Directors for Silverton Avalanche School. Some of his certified skills include: high/low angle rescue, swift water rescue, confined space and trench rescue and avalanche rescue. Hobbies include skiing, climbing, mountain/road biking, backpacking and rafting…. to name a few.