Tom Wood is the Training Manager for PMI’s Vertical Rescue Solutions. An 18-year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado, he has served as the team’s Field Director since 2013. Tom is a U.S. Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) Terrestrial Rescue delegate to the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), and chairs the MRA’s Safety Committee. He is a National Commission for Cave Rescue (NCRC) level 2 trained cave rescuer.
A Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT®) Level 3 Supervisor, Tom also sits on the ASTM F32 Committee for Search and Rescue, and actively participates in committees for the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA).
Tom comes from a commercial and residential construction background, and he learned firsthand the importance of jobsite safety and compliance while serving as the safety manager for two different roofing companies. A 1990 graduate of Kent State University’s Photojournalism program, Tom served as a Combat Photographer for the United States Marine Corps Reserves for six years. He is a freelance writer on the side, who has authored a memoir, Trading Steel for Stone, and contributed to several rescue and industrial safety books and publications. His extracurricular activities include mountaineering, writing, ice climbing, rock climbing, caving and trail running. He lives in Conifer, Colorado with his wife and three children.