On today’s episode, we’re chatting with Matt Cruchet and Sgt. Gregory Hudson

Matt is a key member of the Country of Renfrew Paramedic Service’s Sierra Team – essentially their special operations arm.

Sgt. Hudson is a Search and Rescue Technician (SAR Tech) with the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron based out of CFB Trenton. Covering more than 10 million sq km, the 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron has a huge responsibility for maritime and aeronautical SAR 

We hear about their own unique prehospital roles and responsibilities, then tie it all together using a real case study.

Sponsored by: 

Matt Cruchet BSc, HBOR, ACP


After completing degrees in Science and Outdoor Recreation Matt developed an outdoor education company and worked as an outdoor adventure guide. He transitioned to working as a risk management consultant in the outdoor adventure industry and taught in the Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure programs. He eventually took a leap of faith at the end of two decades of adventure and jumped into Paramedicine. Matt works for the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service in a very rural area of Ontario. He’s currently a very happy full time Community Paramedic and runs the training program for the Sierra Team. 

Sgt. Greg Hudson

Joined SAR in 2014, after completing the 1 year SAR course at CFSSAR in Comox, BC (SAR school). Sgt Hudson was posted to 413 Sqn in Greenwood, NS where hje started training as a Team Member on the CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and C-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft.  In 2018, he was transferred to 424 Sqn in Trenton, ON where he is currently posted and operates as a Team Leader on the CH-146 Griffon helicopter and C-130 Hercules.  Our units fall under the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and are responsible to conduct search and rescue all over the Great Lakes and into the Arctic circle.  

Photos from the call discussed in this episode