Mark DeJong, NRP, AWEMT
Mark DeJong, Nationally-Registered Paramedic and founder of Off Grid Medic LLC, has over 23 years of experience in treating victims of trauma and sudden illness. Mark has a degree in Emergency Medical Services and is a certified Georgia Paramedic Instructor. As part of a military assignment, he spent two years providing remote medical care to the indigenous people of the Philippines, where his passions for medicine and primitive living fused together. He serves on the Advisory Council at the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine, and has trained alongside elite members of the US Army and the US Marshals Service. Mark has served in several medical roles from field Paramedic, to Director of Emergency Medical Services for a rural system, to faculty at the Technical College System of Georgia. He considers himself a lifelong learner and, when not immersed in medical material, Mark continues to hone his Bushcraft skills. An active example of living a true off grid lifestyle, Mark can be seen traveling the country in his truck and cargo trailer conversion. His teaching style is very interactive and informal, and he frequently uses personal experiences and humor to reinforce his material.
William (Bill) McGee, WFR
William McGee started his medical training back in the 1980's with a simple first aid class. Intrigued by the possibility of helping others, he advanced through the Army's Combat Medical Specialist school while serving in the military for eight years. Realizing that medical skills are perishable, he has continually worked with many different programs and agencies to remain current on emerging medical technologies and practices. Over the last few years Bill has been tirelessly working with programs like CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) at the University of Georgia as an instructor for the medical portion of their program. Bill is also a graduate of The Pathfinder School’s Advanced Survival program. His teaching approach is casual yet serious as he realizes his own life may depend on the training his students receive one day.
Eric Ragan, M.D.
Dr. Ragan specializes in emergency and family medicine, and he brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill to our organization. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major Ragan served as Senior Medical Officer for his Forward Support Battalion, where he was tasked with stabilizing and evacuating victims of trauma and sudden illness in less than ideal circumstances. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Dr. Ragan enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and spending time with his family.