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Rescue Northwest was founded in 2001 for the purpose of providing quality rescue equipment and training to fire departments and other groups in the Inland Northwest. Located in Spokane, Washington, we have provided technical rescue training to many agencies throughout the Northwest, and have provided both consulting and equipment to emergency response agencies nationwide. In recent years, we have trained rescuers from the following organizations:

Airway Heights WA Fire Dept. Priest Lake ID Search and Rescue
Alaska State Firefighters' Assn. Pullman, WA Fire Dept.
Albeni Falls Dam Sandpoint ID Fire Dept.
Asotin Co. Fire District 1 Schweitzer ID Fire/Rescue District
Bonner Co. Paramedics Scweitzer Ski Patrol
Bonner Co. Sheriff SWAT Team Seattle City Light Boundary Powerhouse
Christmas Valley OR Fire Dept. Seattle City Light Skagit Operations
Crux Subsurface, Inc. Silver Star Search and Rescue
Eastern State Hospital CSR Team Skagit Co.WA Fire District 5
Ephrata WA  Fire Dept. Skagit Co.WA Fire District 10
Grangeville ID Mountain Rescue Unit Spokane Co. WA Fire District 3
Grant County PUD Spokane Co. WA Fire District 9
Grays Harbor Energy, LLC Spokane WA Fire Dept.
Klickitat County Search and Rescue Spokane WA Wastewater Treatment Plant
Kootenai Co. Fire-Rescue St. Maries ID Fire Dept.
Lewiston ID Fire Dept. Stevens Co. WA Fire District 1
Lopez Island WA Fire Dept. TransAlta Corporation
Moses Lake WA  Fire Dept. US Border Patrol, Spokane Sector
North Idaho Fire Chiefs Washington State University Fire Services
Pacific Co. WA  Search & Rescue Whatcom Co. WA Search & Rescue
Pend Oreille Mine Whatcom Meadows
Pend Oreille County PUD Whitman Co. WA Fire District #7
Pendleton OR Fire Dept. Wind River WA Search & Rescue
Ponderay Newsprint Company  


Jim Thoen   President and Owner

Instructor - Rope, Confined Space, Rescue Systems I, Ice Rescue

Jim has served the community for many years as an EMT, Dive Rescue Specialist, and Firefighter. He is currently a  Senior Firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 9 and conducts and/or assists with monthly training for the Districtís Technical Rescue Team in high- and low-angle rope, confined space,  and building collapse rescue. He has developed and conducted Rope Rescue I, II, & III, and Confined Space Rescue for Washington Region 9. He has also assisted with Rescue Systems I and Water/Ice Rescue classes for Region 9.

Jim enjoys rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and other outdoor pursuits. He is married with four children.

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Glen Cassidy

Instructor - Rope, Confined Space

Glen has been employed by several fire protection agencies over the years and is currently a lieutenant and EMT-I with Selkirk Fire,Rescue & EMS in Sandpoint ID. He also teaches technical rescue classes for the State of Idaho.

Glen also operates a manufacturing business and enjoys shooting sports and snowbiking n his "free time". He is married with one child.

Patrick Thoen

Instructor - Rope, Confined Space, Rescue Systems I

Patrick is a Firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 9 and a member of their Technical Rescue Team. He also operates his own window cleaning company and enjoys outdoor sports, especially mountain biking and skiing. He is married.

Jason Quimby

Instructor - Rope, Confined Space, Rescue Systems I

Jason is a Firefighter with Spokane County Fire District 9, a member of their Technical Rescue Team and an instructor in Rope Rescue. Jason is an avid skiier, and is also a bagpiper with the Spokane County Firefighters Pipes & Drums.  He is married with two children.


Ryan Loncosty

Instructor - Rope, Confined Space, Rescue Systems I

Ryan is a Firefighter Paramedic with Spokane County Fire District 9 a member of their Technical Rescue Team, and lead instructor in building collapse and trench. Ryan is usually quite active on wildland mobes during fire season, and enjoys construction work, dirt biking, duck hunting, and other outdoor sports in his time off.  He is married.