Pat Furr joined Roco in November of 2000 after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. His primary assignment has been to the Roco team at Intel in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. During this time, he has taught numerous rescue courses, led CSRT rescue stand-by jobs (both inside and outside Intel), and attended various specialty training courses for Roco. Pat is also extensively involved in Roco’s Fall Protection training program.
Pat grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and then served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Pararescueman (PJ). His background includes eight years as a member of the 71st Pararescue team in Anchorage, Alaska, where he specialized in mountain and glacier rescue. He was a team leader of the 1986 and 1988 PJ teams that summited Mt. McKinley and augmented the National Park Service mountain rescue team. He also spent two tours of duty in Iceland where he put in multiple “first ascent” ice routes.
His inspiration for becoming a rescue instructor?
His first career in the U.S. Air Force circa 1980. Spending two decades as a Pararescueman, you get to know the ropes (pun intended!) Working in the extreme climates of Iceland and Alaska, a few things become crystal clear. Knowing what you’re good at helps, but having a passion for the work you do is so satisfying.
His advice for the novice technical rescuer:
“Whatever you do, make sure you get PROPER rescue training.”
Pat is still an active ice climber and road/mountain biker. Pat has always enjoyed working with students and considers teaching one of his true loves. He and Jutta, his wife, enjoy life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they still get out into the hills on a regular basis. Words of the day: “Know what your weaknesses are and work to make them your strengths!”