Meet our Principal Staff

Richard Blackwell AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), ATPL(H), SMC, MAIES
Greg Bushnell BEd.
Captain Dr Paul Luckin AM, MB BCh, DA, FFA, MMedAnaesthesia, RANR
John Rice AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), AdvDipPS(Police SAR Mgmt.), SMC, LFAIES
Mark Sedsman B.Prof Studies (Mgmt), Grad.Dip. (Mgmt), AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), ATPL(H), SMC, MAIES

Richard Blackwell AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), ATPL(H), SMC, MAIES

With extensive experience in Aviation and Search and Rescue, Richard first qualified as a commercial fixed-wing pilot in 1970 later moving to helicopters as a pilot with the Australian Army.

He holds both Australian and US commercial helicopter and fixed-wing licenses, an Airline Transport License (ATPL) and approvals as an "Approved Testing Officer" (ATO) and check and training officer with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

Richard's long involvement in the area of search and rescue continued after leaving the military as:

  • Chief Pilot of Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service
  • 14 years with Queensland Government Rescue Helicopters (8 years as Chief Pilot)
  • Chief Pilot, Lifesaver Helicopter Service Lismore

In 2004 Richard was appointed to the role of a Senior Aviation Search and Rescue specialist with the Australian National Search and Rescue Organisation, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Australian, and as a Senior Instructor with the National Search and Rescue School.

Richard's formal qualifications include:

  • Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator (SMC)
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Management)
  • Airline Transport Pilots License (Fixed Wing & Helicopter)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment

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Greg Bushnell BEd.

Greg has been a qualified helicopter crewman since graduating aircrew training, with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), in 1977, a qualified helicopter instructor crewman since 1980 and a qualified loadmaster instructor (C130E) from 1987.

During his career with the RAAF and subsequent employment with Queensland Rescue (SAR/EMS) and CareFlight Queensland (SAR/EMS), he has had extensive operational experience in the search and rescue environment involving both land and open water operations.

Greg's aviation experience (aircrew) includes involvement in Australian Defence operations in Australia and overseas. He has had extensive experience in both civilian and military search and rescue and counter disaster operations.

Greg has had extensive experience in the following aircraft types:

RAAF Helicopter - 5 Squadron (Iroquois), 9 Squadron (Iroquois), 12 Squadron (Chinook)

Queensland Rescue/CareFlight Queensland - AS350 (Squirrel), B412, Bell Long Ranger/Jet Ranger.

Greg is qualified as a Senior Rescue Crewman and Check/Training Officer on both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He regularly conducted crew training in winch operations over land and water, aircraft coordination and operational planning.

Whilst a member of the Australian Defence Force, Greg was appointed to the RAAF School of Helicopter Training where he was responsible for conducting ab initio aircrew training and monitoring continuation training.

In 2002 Greg took up a position as Search and Rescue Standards Officer with the Australian national search and rescue organisation, Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) a business unit of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

As the SAR Standards Officer, Greg was responsible for the:

  • Maintenance of the search and rescue unit training program
  • Standardisation of training practices
  • Development of training packages consistent with competency-based training principles for:
    • FLIR
    • Observer training
    • Dropmaster training
    • Search and Rescue Unit Liaison
    • Search and Rescue Unit Compliance
    • Conduct of SAR supply dropping for Search and Rescue Unit's (with diverse groups such s Pilots, State Emergency Services, and other volunteers)

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Captain Dr Paul Luckin AM, MB BCh, DA, FFA, MMedAnaesthesia, RANR

Paul is an Anaesthetist in private practice in Brisbane and the medical consultant to SAR Training Australia. Paul commenced his medical training as an Ambulance Paramedic in Tasmania later qualifying as a medical practitioner.

For eight years Paul was the doctor to the Mountain Rescue Team of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa and consultant and lecturer to Accident and Emergency Medical Services, Natal. He is on the teaching staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course, and Chairman of Training Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland.

Paul has lectured on courses in Accident and Disaster Medicine for Doctors, and is a Director of Red Cross Air Mercy Flights. Paul has served on the Tasmania Ambulance Medical Advisory Council and was Director of the Tasmanian Advanced Airway Management Training Programme.

As a Captain in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve, he is a member of the Submarine Escape and Rescue Medical team. Paul has served in Afghanistan, Bougainville, East Timor, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, the Solomon Islands, and was in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami.

In 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award for the provision of professional advice to SAR authorities on survivability over a 30 year period. Decisions in many SAR incidents have been influenced by the advice provided by Paul. Paul continues in the role of a specialist medical advisor to the Australian National Search and Rescue organisation and the Queensland Police.

In 2015 Paul was made a Member of the Order of Australia, "For significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations".

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John Rice AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), AdvDipPS(Police SAR Mgmt.), SMC, LFAIES

John began his career in search and rescue in 1974 as a member of the Queensland Police, and later as a helicopter rescue crewman with Surf Lifesaving Australia and CareFlight Queensland, and a volunteer member of the Queensland State Emergency Service and New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade. He is qualified in land, marine and aviation search and rescue management and is a Life Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Emergency Services.

John qualified as a Helicopter Rescue Crewman in 1984 undertaking flying duties with Surf Rescue Queensland in Bell Jet Ranger, Long Ranger and AS350 Squirrel aircraft. He was also a rescue crewman with CareFlight Queensland, operating in AS350 and B412 aircraft, and is qualified in helicopter winch operations, fast roping, rappelling, FLIR, air search observer leader and fixed-wing drop master/dispatcher.

In 1989 he was appointed as a member of the Directing Staff, National Police Search and Rescue Managers training program and later as the Director of Studies.

John's appointments in the Qld Police Service included Queensland Police State Search & Rescue Coordinator and Training Officer and Officer-in-Charge of Water Police. He left the Queensland Police in 2000 to pursue further challenges in the field of search and rescue.

In 2000 he took up a position with the Australian National Search and Rescue Centre (JRCC Australia) where he qualified as an Aviation SAR specialist and Senior Maritime Coordinator. During his time with the National SAR Centre, he was appointed to the position of Principal Adviser - Training & Standards and Director, National Search and Rescue School.

John is a recipient of:

  • the Australian National Sea Safety Award "in recognition of his contribution to Sea Safety and the saving of lives at sea";
  • a Queensland Ambulance Service, Assistant Commissioner's Commendation for his work in the development of a Marine Ambulance Program;
  • a Certificate of Achievement from the Australian Institute of Emergency Services for his "contribution and commitment in significantly improving the professional standards, coordination and cooperation between the Emergency Services and volunteer organisations".

He is the author of "The Search & Rescue System", the procedures and operations manual adopted as the standard doctrine by the National Police Search and Rescue Managers training program [Maritime Search and Rescue]. He has also been a consultant to Emergency Management Australia (EMA) [Disaster Rescue] and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority - JRCC Australia [National Search and Rescue Manual]. In 2008 John was appointed a Director of the Australian Institute of Emergency Services and has served as the Institute's National President and ACT Division President.

In 2014 Commissioner Ian Stewart, Queensland Police Service, presented John with the Dr. Paul Luckin Foundation Award, in recognition of his significant contribution to the Australian National Police Search and Rescue Managers training program.

John's formal qualifications include:

  • Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator (SMC)
  • Advanced Diploma Search and Rescue Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search & Rescue Management)
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Search & Rescue Management)
  • Master Class V - Australian Coastal Waters
  • Certificate IV Training & Assessment

Awards
  • National Police Service Medal
  • National Medal
  • Queensland Police Service Medal

See John's LinkedIn Profile



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Mark Sedsman B.Prof. Studies (Mgmt), Grad. Dip. (Mgmt), AdvDipPS(SAR Mgmt.), DipPS(SAR Coordination), ATPL(H), SMC, MAIES

Mark has extensive aviation and SAR experience having spent 22 years as a helicopter pilot and qualified Military SAR Officer with the Australian Army. As an LTCOL (RES) he remains engaged with SAR acting as a Joint Personnel Recovery Officer within the Australian Defence Operational Headquarters.

During his time with the Australian Defence Force Mark filled the position of Senior Instructor within the School of Army Aviation and in 1993 commanded the Blackhawk helicopter deployment to Cambodia in support of the United Nations Transitional Authority - Cambodia. His services have been recognised by the award of a Chief of the Defence Force Commendation.

In 1997, and shortly after leaving the Australian Defence Force, Mark was appointed to the role of a Senior Aviation Search and Rescue specialist with the Australian National Search and Rescue Organisation, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Australia. While at JRCC Australia Mark was appointed as a Senior Instructor (Aviation) with the Australian National Search and Rescue School, JRCC Operations Chief and acting Manager of the Search and Rescue Operations business unit.

Mark holds an Australian Airline Transport Pilots License (Helicopter) and has military qualifications for check and training, hoist, hook, night vision goggle (NVG) and ship-borne operations. He has flown in Australia, PNG and countries within the SE Asian region.

Mark's formal qualifications include:

  • Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator (SMC)
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies (Management)
  • Graduate Diploma (Management)
  • Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Management)
  • Diploma of Public Safety (Search and Rescue Coordination)
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment

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