Peak Rescue’s mission is to provide each client or organization with cutting edge skills and education to prevent catastrophe.  We also respond to difficult rescue scenarios with the safest and most effective techniques available to rescuers.

​Every Peak Rescue instructor is certified and required to continue working in the field to maintain a practical approach to rope rescue. They have each spent thousands of hours performing work around the globe in challenging conditions using rope rescue techniques, ingenuity, and common sense. Our instructors bring a high level of patience, sense of humor, and clarity in communication throughout the course to put you in the best position possible for your next technical rescue should it occur.

Micah Rush

Lead Instructor

Micah’s knowledge and expertise is both varied and strong. With over 20 years experience as a rope rescue technician, a seasoned fire fighter/ first responder, and mountain guide, Micah brings a wide variety of rescue skills and knowledge to share. Micah is one of the only rescue techs in the country with Rope Access, Rope Rescue, Mountain Rescue, ITRA Registered Assessor, ITRA Instructor Confined Space & Rope Level 3, and the full International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) certifications. This unique blend of knowledge ranging from backcountry rescue to industrial rescue, allowed Micah to become a leader in these areas within the Fire Department and the Regional Rescue Teams. He has helped to inform OSHA as they create new guidelines surrounding rock climbing and guiding as well as testing both recreational and industrial rescue equipment for leading companies.

As a professional mountain guide and rescue team coordinator, Micah has real world advice and experience as well as knowledge and theory from some of the highest standards in the business to pass on to each student he comes into contact with

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Eric Christensen

Lead Instructor

Eric Christensen graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. In addition to his chemistry degree, he also holds an Associates from Casper College in Biology and many technical certifications in industrial and fire based rescue services. Eric started his career in chemistry but made a career change in Jan 2006 when he pursued a career involving firefighting, hazmat, confined space and high angle rescue with the Los Alamos County Fire Department in New Mexico. After obtaining a Department of Defense Federal Q Security Clearance, Eric was able to provide ALS ambulance services, confined space, high angle rescue, and other firefighter services for the city of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Eric later relocated back to his home town of Casper, WY and currently serves as a Firefighter/EMT-I for the Casper Fire Department. He is now the department’s lead trainer in high angle and confined space rescue and serves as an instructor here at Peak Rescue.

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Tye Herron

Lead Instructor

Tye is a Casper native and has grown up exploring the Wyoming mountains and wilderness. He enjoys camping, skiing, hiking, climbing, and mountaineering in his spare time. Tye has two sons and a daughter with whom he loves to teach and share his passion for outdoor sports and nature.

Tye is a 17 year veteran on the Casper Fire-EMS department in Casper, WY. He is an Engineer EMT-I on Rescue 1 where his experience responding to various rescue emergencies, including High Angle, Structure and Trench incidents, brings “real world” know how to Peak Rescue.

Shortly after finding his calling as a Firefighter, Tye began teaching Technical Rescue to aspiring Firefighters at Casper College. His expertise led him to positions of leadership on the rescue teams with the fire department and eventually he teamed up with Micah and Peak Rescue around 2010. Tye holds several certifications in the field of technical and wilderness rescue, and he still loves learning about new techniques and equipment.

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Jonathan Bertsch

Lead Instructor

Jon currently serves as an Engineer/EMT-B for Cheyenne Fire & Rescue in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He grew up on the front range of Colorado exploring the high country then in 2006 moved to Cheyenne where he entered the fire academy and found his passion for technical rescue.

While serving as Coordinator for the Wyoming DHS RERT#7, Jonathan met his wife, Maddi who is certified as a Critical Care Paramedic and works and a cross-trained Emergency Room/ICU nurse. They enjoy traveling and exploring remote locations together, oftentimes in places where Jon can attend or teach technical rescue training. Jonathan also enjoys exploring slot canyons and mountaineering.

Jonathan is most proud of his time spent as the Coordinator for RERT#7, and the lessons learned from that time in preparing responders to quickly and safely effect complex rescue incidents. Jonathan holds many fire based certifications as well as technician or specialist level certifications in High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse, Trench Rescue as well as Rope Access.

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Toph Steinhoff

Lead Instructor

Toph spent most of his childhood in the Wyoming outdoors enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and exploring. While going to college he worked as a wildland firefighter for the BLM and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s in resource management. Many years later he transitioned into the structure firefighting world and found his passion for technical rescue. He holds many certifications and has obtained invaluable knowledge through training and real-world experience. In addition, he serves on an extrication module specializing in removing injured firefighters and civilians from remote areas of the backcountry.
Toph has been to countless 80s rock concerts and brings an upbeat positive attitude to every situation he encounters. He lives by two credos in life; you can't have no in your heart and life is a garden...dig it! He enjoys anything outdoors and spending time with his family. He is the newest addition to the Peak Rescue team but has proved to be an invaluable asset in and out of the classroom.

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Neil Durante


Neil started his education at Aims community college in Greeley Co where he obtained an Associates Degree in fire Science. Neil serves as a Lieutenant for Cheyenne Fire Rescue and began there in 2003 where gained a growing passion for Technical Rescue. Neil is a critical care paramedic and currently serves as the coordinator for Wyoming Office of Homeland Securities Region 7 Technical Rescue Team. Neil is an avid hunter, and especially loves hunting in remote locations in Alaska. When not hunting or shooting, Neil loves to spend time and travel with his family.
Neil’s background includes Technician level in High Angel Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse, Trench Rescue, and level 1 Rope access.

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