Paul O'Sullivan - Managing Director

Formerly, General Manager of Rescue 3 (UK), Paul has played a key role in the development of Swiftwater and Flood Rescue and is seen as one of the most respected technical experts in this field.

As a highly experienced rescue trainer Paul has delivered rescue classes in the UK & Europe and as far afield as Asia and South America.  Paul has led the development  of a number of core Rescue 3  programs including the ‘Rescues from Vehicles in Water ‘ and ‘Management of Water and Flood Incidents’ courses.

In 2008, Paul was awarded a Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Swiftwater Rescue for his involvement in the UK Chief Fire Officers Association’s Management of Major Flood Event Research Project and currently sits on the UK Chief Fire Officers Association’s Water Rescue Group.

Paul’s rescue training experience builds upon his extensive international experience working on white water rivers as a raft guide and kayak coach and as an expedition kayaker, including first descents of rivers in Pakistan, Iran and Papua New Guinea.

Chris Heath - Director (Operations)

Having served 14 years in the Military, Chris obtained a multitude of  skills and gained many instructional qualifications along the way, of which, his most cherished was his Joint Services Skiing Instructor qualification.

In 2008, Chris left the Military to start working in the field of safety and rescue training, where he enjoyed 5 years working for Rescue 3 (UK) in an operational and later management role.

In October of 2013, Chris joined former colleagues Paul O'Sullivan and Chris Onions in setting up R3 SAR, where he now works as Director of Operations.

Amongst his qualifications Chris holds an Advanced Diploma in Training & Operational Management and a National Certificate in Operational Health & Safety.  Chris is also a Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Boat Operator and a Vehicle in Water Rescue Technician.

Chris Onions - Director (Training)

Chris is the Director of Training for R3 Safety & Rescue Ltd and leads the development and delivery of training courses. With a background in Environmental Science, he has consolidated his interest in technical rescue by gaining an MSc (by Research) from the University of Central Lancashire by investigating force loadings during Swiftwater rescue. He has also co-researched reliability issues associated with PFD and chest harness release design.

Chris is an SRT Advanced Instructor and a Rope Rescue Technician Instructor trainer and also delivers water incident management and search classes. Chris is active within mountain rescue as a member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation (OVMRO) and has previously held the position of Regional Training Officer for the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association (NWMRA). His main interests lie within technical rescue and search management, and he is currently the Regional Water Officer engaged with assisting mountain rescue teams enhance their water rescue capability.