David Pease

Position: Chief

Favorite Regimens:Technical Rescue

David began serving in rescue and EMS in 1975. He was a founding and charter member of the Garner Rescue Squad, and began working for Wake County EMS shortly after they went into service. David has served on various State sponsored search and rescue committees, was involved in the pilot programs for the NC certifications in BRT, ART, ERT, and RT. He also piloted out many of the specialty rescue programs. He started the Reds Team in 1986.  David is married and has two daughters, two step daughters, 2 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.

Having led 2 rescue training mission trips to Guatemala, he continues to work at bringing good fire and rescue training to those in Central America. David also participated in one search mission in Costa Rica as well as jungle survival training there. He writes two columns in the Carolina Fire/Rescue/EMS Journal and has written for RescueTechnologies Magazine as well as numerous other publications. He was a presenter at FDIC for several years, along with Captain Luke Steele.

Education :

  • Associate Degree in Marine Biology


  • NC Association of Rescue and EMS
  • NC Fire Instructors Society
  • NC Association of Rescue and EMS Chiefs
  • NC Fire and Rescue Chiefs Association
  • NC Association of Rescue and EMS Director

Instructor Certifications:

  • NC Technical Rescuer Instructor, General
  • NC Technical Rescuer Instructor, VMR
  • NC Ropes Technician Instructor
  • NC Confined Space Rescue Instructor
  • NC Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
  • NC Trench Rescue Instructor
  • NC Wilderness Search and rescue Instructor
  • NC Agricultural Rescue Instructor
  • NC Law Enforcement Instructor;
    • General
    • First Responder
    • Hazardous Materials and Explosives
  • AHA CPR Instructor / Coordinator
  • NC Corrections & Detention Instructor, CPR
  • Bloodborne Pathogens Instructor
  • WMD Instructor


  • NC Technical Rescue Technician
  • NC Structural Collapse Technician
  • EMT Basic
  • Large Animal Rescue
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Tower Rescue
  • SAR Tech II & III
  • Managing the Search Function
  • Man-tracking
  • Survival
  • Hazmat Operations
  • Open Water SCUBA Diver; NAUI, PADI, YMCA, SSI, SDI
  • Advanced Open water
  • Rescue Diver
  • Recovery Diver
  • Deep Water
  • Navigation
  • Nitrox
  • Night Diver
  • Drysuit
  • Full Face Mask
  • Underwater Crime Scene
  • PADI Dive Master Intern
  • NIMS 100, 200, 700
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations
  • Licensed Pilot


  • Eagle Scout:
  • God & Country, Order of the Arrow
  • Ordained Elder; First Presbyterian Church of Garner
  • Guatemala Mission Team Leader, 2009, 2010
  • Guatemala “Ambassadors of Peace” 2010
  • NC Rescue of the year award, 2004
  • Higgins and Langley Award, 2004
  • Garner Jaycee “Outstanding Young Rescue Squadsman”  1986
  • Garner Jaycee “Outstanding Young Rescue Squadsman”  1888
  • Garner Rescue Squad,  Lifetime membership
  • Garner Rescue Squad,  25 years of Service
  • Carolina Fire, Rescue, EMS Journal; Columnist and Writer
  • Editorial Board; Carolina Fire, Rescue, EMS Journal
  • Featured Writer: Firelink.com
  • Featured Writer;  Rescue Technology Magazine, 1999 – 2003