Kurt W. Gensmer
President/Rescue Chief

Kurt has been in emergency services for over 30 years. He started training in Law Enforcement in the mid-70’s. During that time he also began his career in Fire/Rescue joining the Bloomington Rescue Squad where he served in the following positions; Rescuer, Equipment Officer, Training Officer, Lieutenant, and Captain. Kurt also worked for the Hennepin Technical College as lead Rescue and OSHA compliance instructor and on the HTC burn team. For 7 years he was rescue coordinator for the Minnesota State Fire School.

Kurt is trained and certified as a Rescue Technician in confined space, High Level/ Low Angle rescue, Emergency Building Collapse, Emergency Building Shoring and Rescue, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and is a certified Firefighter I&II, Emergency Medical Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician. Kurt co-founded Rescue Resources Inc. in 1993 and brought it to its present state Rescue Resources, Inc. of MN in 2006.

Karsten Nelson
Captain/Training and Operations

Karsten was raised in a family with a rich history in the rescue industry that dates back to the mid-1960s.  During his service in the Marine Corps in the 80s and 90s, he was able to pursue his passion for rope work as an assault climber.  Karsten joined the West Metro Fire-Rescue District in 1999 and has served in many roles, including fire officer (Lieutenant and Captain), Training Captain, and as the technical rescue coordinator for nine years.  Karsten joined Rescue Resources in 2006 as a part-time rescue technician.  During his tenure he has contributed to training both RRI staff, and the rescue teams of our customers, as well as assisting with short-term and long-term planning for corporate goals.  In December of 2015 Karsten was promoted to Captain of Training and Operations.  In his current role he is responsible for maintaining performance standards for our team.

Laurie Pyle
Captain/Manager of Medical Operations

Laurie is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Her training and certifications also include Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructor, Trench Rescue, Emergency Building Collapse, Emergency Building Shoring and Rescue, Confined Space Rescue and High Level / Low Angle Rescue. Laurie also works for Allina Health Emergency Medical Services ® as a Paramedic. Laurie has been with Rescue Resources since 1995.