Key AH+RT Personnel

Chris Hartnell

Chris Hartnell Director of Aviation + Pilot Specialist

Chris has been a professional pilot for more than 20 years. Chris has accumulated thousands of flight hours that include aerial firefighting, construction, gold exploration, heli-logging, search and rescue, vertical reference, short haul rescue, hoist operations, fast rope insertion, NVG operations, rappel insertions, snow and mountain helicopter operations throughout the United States and Canada.

Chris has held the position of Chief Pilot and Director of Operations for both Heli-Jet Corporation (Eugene, OR) and Kachina Aviation (Boise, ID).

Chris currently flies for a large, metropolitan fire department based in Southern California. He also serves as the department’s Chief Pilot and lead-training pilot.

Perry Esquer

Perry Esquer Director of Program Development + Operations

Perry has over 28 years of experience in emergency services.
Starting at the age of 19, Perry began his career as a paramedic. Soon after, he began working with a multitude of specialized rescue groups in both land-based and aviation-based environments.

Perry began contracting to a variety of agencies including the U. S. Coast Guard, U.S. Secret Service, and a large metropolitan Police Department SWAT team. He developed his well-rounded aviation experience by training and participating in USCG hoist operations and fast-rope insertion techniques as a tactical medic with local law enforcement platforms. Perry also worked as a rescue specialist for high angle rescues in the Southern California area. Perry worked as an ocean lifeguard for 17 years on Southern California beaches.

Perry is employed by a large metropolitan fire department where he began as a firefighter/paramedic. He continued his rescue career with the fire department within the air operations division where is currently serving as the program supervisor and helicopter manager. He has further developed his experiences through aviation program development and establishing internal safety programs.