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Story #46Rocky Mountain ResponsePlains, MT

Make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you get into it.

Michael Bedick grew up with the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains in his backyard. For more than two decades he has been honing his wilderness survival skills. In 2011, he founded Rocky Mountain Response in Plains, Mont. as a way to assist and educate others.

In addition to offering courses on basic life support, EMS, CPR, first aid, and wilderness survival skills, Rocky Mountain Response performs search and rescue and has a broad network of volunteer disaster response technicians who can be called in to assist during natural disasters or wilderness emergencies.

Fittingly enough, Bedick’s advice regarding starting a small business is similar to his reason he started his own: “make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you get into it.”

As an emergency medical technician for more than 21 years, Bedick has seen his fair share of accidents, many a result of people not being equipped to handle emergencies in the wild. For Bedick, the innate knowledge and skills are a product of growing up in the Rocky Mountains. As the son of a medic who worked in an emergency room during the Gulf War, the desire to help others is in his blood. Above all, Bedick says, “You want people to be prepared and able to take care of themselves.”

Rocky Mountain Response currently employs four instructors full-time and has hundreds of volunteers on call if needed. Bedick hopes that he can continue to expand his team to provide employment opportunities for his small community in Plains.

“We live in a small area – there are not a lot of jobs – so I can help give a lot of job opportunities to people that are involved in the fields that I teach,” says Bedick.

The biggest challenge Michael Bedick faces as a small business owner, and as someone in his particular line of work, is getting the word out about Rocky Mountain Response so that more people know that these resources are available to them. But despite the challenges, it’s hard for Bedick to imagine doing anything else.

The business of saving lives, “kinda runs in my family.”

Photos by Ed Kashi

  • Mike Bedick, who runs Rocky Mountain Response, goes through wilderness training and EMT training in Plains, Montana on March 31, 2015.

  • Rocky Mountain Response is based in Plains, Mont., a remote area in the northwestern corner of the state.

  • A CPR dummy in the foreground of an EMT training course instructed by Michael Bedick of Rocky Mountain Response.

  • Supplies used by Rocky Mountain Response.

  • Before starting Rocky Mountain Response, Michael Bedick worked as an emergency medical technician (EMT) for more than 20 years. Still an active EMT, he has expanded his efforts to teach others valuable life-saving skills with his small business.

  • When disaster strikes in the great outdoors, having the proper training can mean the difference between life and death, and that is where Rocky Mountain Response comes in.

  • Michael Bedick of Rocky Mountain Response hopes to one day open a school and hire more instructors who are knowledgeable in the fields of wildlife survival, emergency preparedness and rescue.

  • Students participate in an EMT training course instructed by Michael Bedick and Rocky Mountain Response.

  • Michael Bedick, owner of Rocky Mountain Response, has always had a desire to help others. Both of his parents were emergency medical technicians, and his father was a military medic during the Gulf War.

  • Michael Bedick grew up with the Rocky Mountains as his backyard and has been honing his wilderness survival skills for more than two decades. In 2011, he started Rocky Mountain Response as a way to assist and educate others on disaster preparedness.

  • Michael Bedick of Rocky Mountain Response goes through wilderness training in Plains, Mont. Additionally, Rocky Mountain Response performs search and rescue missions, and has a broad network of volunteers who can be called in if disaster strikes.

  • Michael Bedick of Rocky Mountain Response goes through wilderness training in Plains, Mont. He currently employs four instructors full time, and hopes to grow this number in the future.

  • Supplies used by Rocky Mountain Response during a wilderness training course in Plains, Mont. A large part of their business is providing informational courses so that people are able to take care of themselves in the wild if an accident occurs.

  • Michael Bedick, owner of Rocky Mountain Response, demonstrates how to start a fire as part of a wilderness training course in Plains, Mont.

  • In addition to performing search and rescue, Rocky Mountain Response offers courses in Basic Life Support, EMS, CPR, first aid, wilderness survival, and more, so that residents and visitors to the area are properly equipped if disaster strikes.

Business Details

Proprietor: Michael Bedick
Plains, MT 59859
PH: 406-529-9767 / Website
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