Rick joined NDSD in September 2003. Rick has been a member of the Kent Fire Department since 1990 and is a Captain on the department’s Technical Rescue Team. Prior to joining NDSD, Rick and his dog Mocha competed in AKC Hunt Tests achieving his Junior and Senior Hunter titles. With the support of his wife and family, Rick certified with Mocha with the WA-TF1 as a Type I search team. After retiring Mocha Rick got Cooper and also certified with him as a type 1 search team. Rick is currently training Porter to be his next disaster search dog.
Porter and Rick passed their FEMA CE LF in April 2019 in Puyallup, WA.