Virtual Search Planning Analysts are, first and foremost, people with a passion for search and rescue. They have incredible experience and training in the art and science of locating lost subjects in the wide and diverse geography spanning the US More and more often, they are being requested to aid SAR operations in many locations beyond their own jurisdictional borders.
VSP Analysts have been in the field conducting search operations at all levels, and have taken their experiences and training into the classroom to build other SAR professionals and develop sound search methodologies. Other SME (Subject Matter Experts) are used in very specialized fields to include electronic forensics (cell phone, radar, and locator beacon), physiology, pharmacology, and psychology. In both arenas, the field and the classroom, these professionals remain at the leading edge of search theory and practice, providing the very best services, "...that others may live."
Paul M Burke, Developer
Primary / Lead Analyst
Paul started his SAR profession as an SAR Explorer, then served four years in the USAF as a Security Police Officer. In 1980 Paul joined the Alaska Department of Public Safety as an Alaska State Trooper. He served in multiple locations throughout the State of Alaska, and served as the Statewide SAR Coordinator for 8 years. While a Trooper, he also served on the Tactical Dive Team, the Special Emergency Response Team, worked 9 years as a Criminal Investigator, he was a Polygraph Operator for 18 years, and managed a SAR Explorer Post with over 300 members for 8 years .
Paul also served as an unpaid volunteer for SAR, and was the Founder of ASARA , the Alaska Search and Rescue Association. From 2002-2007 Paul was a SAR Technical Specialist with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and taught internationally for NCMEC on Missing Child Searches to over 15 countries. Paul was honored at the White House by First Lady Laura Bush for his work with NCMEC in locating and recovering over four thousand children displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
Paul holds a BS in Business Management and is a Graduate of the Alaska Public Safety Academy, and the 183rd Session of the FBINA. He has taught Search and Rescue Management Courses for over thirty years throughout the United States and 23 countries.
Eric joined King County Explorer Search and Rescue as a volunteer in 1999 and has been on nearly 500 SAR incidents either as a field responder or as part of the Command Staff. He spent several years as the Director of Training and on the Board of Trustees for KCESAR, and in 2015 he helped form and became a founding member of the Washington State SAR Planning Unit.
Eric has been an engineer at Microsoft Corporation since 1998 and holds a BA in Geography from San Francisco State University where he focused on Cartography and Physical Geography.