Our Greatest Asset

Our greatest asset is our extensive network of Corporate Trainers, all of whom are active in the Public Safety Industry. Some have been with us since the company’s inception 35 years ago. We can call on their expertise to instruct, develop programs or provide consultation on a virtually unlimited number of topics.

Meet Our Trainers

Mike Wylie – Indianapolis, IN

Mike Wylie became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1987. He has been diving since 1969. Mike is currently the Vice Chair at ASIS Fire and Life Safety Council. He is also a member of the Executive Committee FBI Squad 10 Joint 10 Terrorism Task Force.

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Pete Gannon – Lauderhill, FL

Pete Gannon is a co-owner of Dive Rescue International. He began diving in 1973 and became a Corporate Trainer in 1980. Pete retired from Lauderhill Fire Department as Battalion Chief where he served for 25 years. He was also the Dive Team Coordinator for Plantation Fire Department for 25 years and a member of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team. Pete is a former Captain for the Outback Marine Vessels.

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Terry Trueblood – Effingham, IL

Terry Trueblood became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1989. He began diving in 1981. Terry is retired from the Illinois Secretary of State Police where he served as the Chief Diver of the Police Underwater Investigation Unit since 1986. He has also served as the Dive Team Commander for Effingham Dive Rescue for the last 20 years. He is currently an active police investigator. Terry was the recipient of the 2012 Robert Teather Award.

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Scott Mielcarek – Puyallup, WA

Scott became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1995. He has been diving since 1988. Scott is a Lieutenant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. He is also the grant writer for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team.

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Thomas Greenhalgh – Billerica, MA

Thomas Greenhalgh became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1990. He has been diving since 1987. Tom is a Paramedic and a Lieutenant for Billerica Police Department. He is also a Faculty Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Tom is the editor of Dive Rescue International’s Ice Rescue Program update (2011).

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Fred Jackson –  Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Fred became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1995. He has been diving since 1987. Fred is the Assistant Fire Chief for Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department. He is also the co-author of the Public Safety Diver Survival Program and a member of the NFPA Technical Rescue Committee.

hazmat diver training courses

Dan Golden – Westminster, CO

Dan became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1998. He began diving in 1991. Dan is currently a Captain with South Metro Fire Rescue. He also works with Boulder Emergency Squad.

snorkeling equipment

John Carney – Akron, OH

John became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1999. He began diving in 1991. He is currently the Dive Team Coordinator and Lieutenant with Tallmadge Fire Department. He also works at Akron Medical Center. John is the co-author of the Public Safety Diver Survival program and teaches the specialty course Animal Rescue in Floods.

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Jason Morss – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Jason became a Corporate Trainer in 2001. He has been diving since 1983. Jason is a Lieutenant with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. He is a former Green Beret and current personal trainer.

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James Lynxwiler – Fort Collins, CO

Jim became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2001. He began diving in 1993. Jim is a Firefighter with Poudre Fire Authority. He is also an artist specializing in sculpture and graphic design.

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Steve Wilson – Ridgeland, MS

Steve became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1980. Steve is the Assistant Fire Chief with Ridgeland Fire Department. He is also a member of the local SWAT team.

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Steve Salach – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Steve became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1975. Steve is a Deputy Sheriff with Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a Merchant Marine Officer.

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John Soderberg – Pittsburg, PA

John became a Corporate Trainer in 2006. He began diving in 1987. John is a Crew Chief with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, River Rescue Unit. He is also an Underwater Hazardous Devices Diver.

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Mike Wise  – Delray Beach, FL

Mike became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1978. Mike is a Paramedic and Captain with Delray Beach Fire Rescue. He has been a Public Safety Diver National Conference Competitor since 1997. Mike was also a U.S. Army Ranger with 2nd Ranger Battalion from 1980-1983.

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James Pellitteri  – Gurnee, IL

James became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1992. James is a Battalion Chief and Training Officer with Gurnee Fire Department. He is very involved in USAR and Technical Rescue. James is also a Bike Rescue Team Coordinator and Motivational Speaker.

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Clinton Crafton – Fishers, IN

Clinton became a Corporate Trainer in 2008. He began diving in 1995. Clint is the Special Operations Coordinator with Fisher Fire Department.

urban search and rescue training

Micah Lundborg – Puyallup, WA

Micah became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1990. Micah is Contract Chief with Edgewood Police Department.

mine rescue training

Bruce Page – Ridgeland, MS

Bruce became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1988. Bruce is a Firefighter with Ridgeland Fire Department. He is also a MS Regional Response Team Technical Rescue Specialist.

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Rodney Buckley – Grayslake, IL

Rodney became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1988. Rodney is a Lieutenant with Grayslake Fire Department. He developed and implemented an Ice Rescue Safety program for high school students.

high angle rescue equipment

Tim Murphy – Fort Collins, CO

Tim became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1998. Tim is a Firefighter with Poudre Fire Authority. He is also a Colorado Task Force 1 USAR Responder.

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Dr. Richard Sadler – Davenport, IA

Dr. Sadler became a Corporate Trainer in 2011. He began diving in 1968. He is the Medical Director for Dive Rescue International. His work has resulted in the development of a new physical examination for divers.

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Scott Huff – Indianapolis, IN

Scott became a Corporate Trainer in 2012. He began diving in 2006. Scott is a Lieutenant and 15 year veteran with Indianapolis Fire Department. He is also a Special Operations Team Member, Shift Training Officer, and Rescue Team Manager for Indiana Task Force 1.He is a member of the Emerald Society of Pipes and Drums.

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Mike Bielmaier – Estes Park, CO

Mike Bielmaier became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1988. He began diving in 1980. Mike is the Ambulance Director for Estes Park Medical Center in Estes Park, CO. Mike is also a former Vice President of Dive Rescue International.

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Steven Orusa – Fishers, IN

Steve became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1995. He began diving in 1983. Steve serves as the Fire Chief for Fishers Fire Department. He is the author of Dive Rescue Specialist, the manual used in our Dive Rescue I program.

Jeff Morgan – Brian Head, UT

Jeff became a Corporate Trainer for Dive rescue International in 1993. He was a Dive Team member/training officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s (CA) Dive Rescue Team. Jeff became the team’s Commander and he served in that position until he retired from the Sheriff’s Department in May of 2010. Jeff is a commercial pilot and he was hired in May 2010 by a private contractor to fly chase aircraft for the US Military UAV program. In 2014 he and his wife moved to Brian Head, UT where he took a position with the Town of Brian Head Department of Public Safety. He has been instrumental in starting a new dive rescue team for the town while currently serving as a law enforcement officer and firefighter.

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William Heckler – Cleveland, OH

Bill became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1998. He began diving in 1982. He retired from the City of Willoughby Hills, Ohio after 25 years of public safety service where he served as a Police Officer, Firefighter, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Public Safety Diver, Chief and Director of Public Safety. During that time he was the Chairman of the Lake County Emergency Operations Center Board, the County Fire Investigation Unit and Dive Team.

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David Moore –  Kent, OH

David became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2001. He has been diving since 1992. David is a Captain with Kent Fire Department. He accompanied the Presidential motorcade in 2012 with the Kent Squad.

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Jonathan Jackson – Charlotte, NC

Jon became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2000. He has been diving since 1985. Jon is a Captain with Charlotte Fire Department and on the Heavy Rescue.

Swiftwater rescue training course

Jerry Richert Indianapolis, IN

Jerry became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1983. Jerry is a Captain and Dive Team Coordinator with Indianapolis Fire Department. He is also an Ironman Tri-Athlete.

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David Jephson – Terrace, BC Canada

David became a Corporate Trainer in 2002. He began diving in 1993. He is a Deputy Chief for Terrace Water Rescue. He received the Rescue and Bravery Silver Medal for Merit from the Lifesaving Society.

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Brad Thavenet – Lincoln, NE

Brad became a Corporate Trainer in 2004. He began diving in 1998. Brad is a Battalion Chief with Lincoln Fire Rescue. He is the editior of Dive Rescue International’s Public Safety Diver Manual and Public Safety Scuba Instructor Program. (2011)

David Owens – Indianapolis, IN

David became a Corporate Trainer in 2004. He began diving in 1998. He is the Safety Officer B Shift with Indianapolis Fire Department. AKA “Ice Man” Owens.

rope rescue training

Kevin Slade – Vero Beach, FL

Kevin became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1985. Kevin retired from Indian River County Fire Rescue as a Lieutenant.

Swiftwater rescue training class

Justin Fox – Fort Collins, CO

Justin became a Corporate Trainer in 2005. He began diving in 1995. Justin is the current President of Training for Dive Rescue International. He once served as President for the Larimer County Dive Team.

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Kevin McAfee – Kahului, HI

Kevin became a Corporate Trainer in 2008. He began diving in 1975. Kevin is a Captain with Maui Fire Department. He is a 100 Ton Master Commercial Vessel Operator. As a Force Recon Marine, Kevin completed the Special Forces Underwater Ops Course in Key West, FL. He is also co-editor of Dive Rescue International’s Public Safety Diver Manual and Public Safety Scuba Instructor Program (2011).

confined space rescue training

Craig Jenni – Boca Raton, FL

Craig became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1976. Craig is a Risk Manager with Dive & Marine Consultants.

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Richard Brackin – Montgomery, AL

Richard became a Corporate Trainer in 2011. He began diving in 2005. Richard retired as Lieutenant with Montgomery Fire Department. He is also an instructor of Water Skiing and Wakeboarding for Auburn University.

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Emily Kane – Albuquerque, NM

Emily became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. She began diving in 1990. Emily is a Paramedic and Lieutenant with Albuquerque Fire Department. She is also an Airboat pilot.

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Ashley Payton – Montgomery, AL

Ashley became a Corporate Trainer in 2011. He began diving in 2006. Ashley is a Lieutenant with Montgomery Fire Department and a member of the Wetumpka Fire Department. He was instrumental in resurrecting the dive team for Montgomery Fire Department.

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Jeremy Seese – Lewisville, TX

Jeremy became a Corporate Trainer in 2013. He began diving in 1989. Jeremy is currently a Driver Engineer / Paramedic with the City of Lewisville Fire Department.

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Dan Walker – Fountaintown, IN

Dan became a Corporate Trainer in 2013. He has over 10 years of diving experience. Dan is currently a Firefighter with Pike Township Fire Department in Indianapolis, IN.

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Michael McComis – Lewisville, TX

Michael became a corporate trainer in 2013. Has been diving since 1992. Michael is an Captain with the Lewisville Fire Department, Lewisville Texas. Michael is a member of the TIFMAS Wildland and All-Hazard response teams, with 4 deployments since 2007, including Hurricane Ike, PK Fires and the recent West, TX fertilizer plant explosion.

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Paul Guerra – Seattle, WA

Paul became a Corporate Trainer in 2013.

Jerome Fleeman – Panama City, FL

Jerome became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. Jerome is currently a Lieutenant and Dive Team Coordinator with Panama City Fire Department in Panama City, FL

Jerod Kilber – Greeley, CO

Jerod became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. Dan is currently a Engineer with Greeley Fire Department in Greeley, CO.

Chris Bickett – Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Chris became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. He is currently a Lieutenant and Water Rescue Team Supervisor with Cuyahoga Falls Fire Department.

Scott Foreman – Evansville, IN

Scott became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. He is currently Chief of Henderson Fire Department.

Mike Janes –  Fishers, IN

Mike became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. Mike is currently a Lieutenant with the Fishers Police Department. Mike began diving in 1988. He has been a paramedic since 1996, and was a firefighter prior to entering law enforcement full time.

Eric Patton – Fishers, IN

Eric became a Corporate Trainer in 2017. He began diving in 1994. Eric is currently a Sergeant and Dive Team Leader for the Fishers Police Department. He is also the Crisis Negotiation Team Commander for the Emergency Response Team (SWAT) and is a 2X IRONMAN Triathlete.

Kevin Kemmerling – Visalia, CA

Kevin became a corporate trainer in 2017. He began diving in 1984. He has over fifteen years of experience in swiftwater rescue, dive rescue, and alpine technical rescue. He is currently a Lieutenant with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office and is the Commander of their Swiftwater Dive Rescue and Search & Rescue teams.