The Crackerjack Group
We started the business in 2012 in Bend Oregon and relocated to Mancos Colorado in 2019.
The Crackerjack Group gives a platform to the best and most approachable trainers in the industry.
We are training across the country, and around the globe while building partnerships to provide leading edge instruction on the latest; rope rescue, access, alpine and wilderness operations, organization leadership, and team dynamics for solving difficult and high-consequence vertical problems. We will continue to develop our classes and services to be the best because you deserve it.
As we move forward, we will remain dedicated to providing the absolute best in industry training and data-backed solutions for the challenges facing agencies and managers involved on the front lines. Our mission has been, and will always be, to raise the standard of first responder education. We invite you to engage with us to learn more about how we can assist you in addressing your particular challenges.
Founder and Principal
Most likely to lock the keys in the rental van.
A 15+ year Search and Rescue veteran, EMT, and rope operator, Craig is the creator of The Crackerjack Group. Heis a founding member and Level 3 instructor/assessor with the International Technical Rescue Association. He’s been a SAR volunteer for Deschutes County Oregon, rescue member of the MRA accredited mountain rescue team, an EMT, and specializes in technical and backcountry winter disciplines. He holds an AIARE Avalanche level 2 certification and is an expert backcountry skier. Equally comfortable in the field or command, he’s served as the coordinator for the Incident Management team and has participated in approximately 400 missions in his career reaching back to 2004 as a wilderness K9 handler.
Craig is a frequent instructor for technical disciplines at SAR conferences, has served as an evaluator for MRA team accreditation, and was the a safety officer and rigger for the first descents into the glacial caves of Mt St Helens. He has led and participated in high alpine glacial rescues, big wall vertical rescues, and complex extraction missions. He enjoys teaching and believes his greatest offering is the ability to guide teams as a whole to improve communication, efficiency, and understanding of well-reasoned default operating guidelines. Dogma is not his friend. Craig served on the Curriculum Committee of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Search and Rescue Advisory Council and is a co-author and instructor of the state SAR Incident Management program. In 2013 he was recognized as the state SAR Volunteer of the Year. He has also served as a sworn Reserve Deputy and in addition to uniformed patrol, worked seasonally as a snowmobile patrol deputy and as a sworn municipal Police Officer and is a graduate of the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards Police Academy. Craig brings a solid perspective on leadership, objective-based management, and great personal experience as a field operator.
LE and Military Instructor
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B. Hadley Hawkins is the founder of our partner SixSixSolutions. and recently retired as a Special Agent with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Department of Agriculture. Prior to being a special agent, he was a uniformed patrol officer for the U.S. Forest Service and a wildland firefighter. Hadley was a Firearms Instructor for 10 years certified by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia and traveled around Oregon and Washington conducting training for the USFS and Bureau of Land Management. He is a current NRA Range Safety Officer and pistol instructor. He served as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School (LEMOS) in northern Idaho which trains law enforcement agencies on winter survival and tactics. He became the Team Leader and established the Regional Reconnaissance Team for the USFS and conducted missions throughout Oregon and Washington. As a uniformed patrol officer he conducted backcountry winter patrol operations on a weekly basis on snowmobile that included search and rescue operations and medical calls with evacuation by helicopter or ground in the winter environment. As a wildland firefighter he served on Interagency Hotshot Crews, fire engines and helicopter crews.
SAR and Rope Rescue
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Working in public safety for 10+ years, Matt got his start in upstate New York working as an EMT and then a firefighter. Learning to climb in the Shawangunk Mountains of NY, he grew interested in the rope rescue work that accompanied high angle environments and climbing. Graduating with a degree in IT, and working in the financial industry in New York City, he was never satisfied working in an office environment. In 2009 he moved to Bend Oregon to be closer to the mountains that he now lives and plays in almost every day. Matt is currently the Mountain Rescue Team leader and Rescue level member for the MRA accredited Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Team. He is an active EMT, specializing in remote environments and technical rescue. He is an accomplished rock climber and backcountry skier and seamlessly integrates rescue techniques into these different disciplines. Matt holds an AIARE Avalanche level 2 certification and in 2016 was recognized as the state SAR Volunteer of the Year.
Matt is also a licensed commercial pilot, scuba diver, and all around good guy.