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 40 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

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.Chris is also the Deputy Director for Summit County Water Rescue Branch and a member of the State of Ohio Water TAC committee.

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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 has had a full career in public safety serving as Shift Lieutenant, Captain, EMS Director and holds certifications as a Critical Care Flight and Community Paramedic concurrently. Mike is currently the Ambulance Director for Estes Park Medical Center in Estes Park, CO. He is also a former Vice President of Dive Rescue International.

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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.

dive search and rescue gear

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.  Rodney can teach DR1, DSD, FFM, IR, WOOD and Interspiro Technician.

Eric Capets – Pittsburgh, PA

Eric became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2019.  He is a PADI and SSI Master Instructor. Eric is currently the paramedic crew Chief for Pittsburgh EMS, and he is a diver/dive instructor with Pittsburgh River Rescue. He can instruct DR1, PSD, Dry Suit, and FFM.

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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 (ARF), DR1, PSDS and MD.

Samuel Castanza – Montgomery, AL

Sam became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2019. He began recreational diving in 2000 when stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Sam is currently the District Fire Chief and Chief of Special Operations for Montgomery Fire Rescue. He is responsible for the Dive Team, Heavy Rescue and HazMat Units for MFR. Sam is a former Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps.  He can instruct DR1, CSD, RIT and RDU.

Paul Doherty – Millersville, MD

Paul became a Corporate Trainer in 2008. Paul is currently a Battalion Chief with Anne Arundell County Fire Department, and can instruct DR1, PSD and Dry Suit classes.

Jeremy Felix – Boulder, CO

Jeremy became a Corporate Trainer in 2020. Jeremy is currently an Engineer with Boulder Fire Rescue and Division Chief of Operations with Boulder Emergency Squad.  Jeremy can instruct Ice Diving Operations.

Jerome Fleeman – Panama City, FL

Jerome became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. Jerome is currently a Lieutenant and Dive Team Captain with Panama City Fire Department, and is the Diving Safety Officer for Florida State University – Panama City Academic Science Diving Program as well as a professor for the FSU-PC Underwater Crime Scene Investigation Program.  Jerome can instruct DR1, DRII classes and PSSI.

Scott Foreman – Evansville, IN

Scott became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. He began diving in 1990, and took his first class with DRI in 1993 and has served on a dive team since.  He has been with the Henderson Fire Department for more than 20 years, and is currently serving in the role of Chief of Henderson Fire Department.  Scott can instruct DR1 and CD.

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/CEO for Dive Rescue International. He has over 18 years of combined experience between the Larimer County Dive Team, Larimer County SAR and Poudre Valley EMS to include serving as President for the Larimer County Dive Team.  Justin can instruct IR, IRT, DR1, DSD, SWR and SWRII, LSR, IDO and CD.

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.  Pete can instruct all classes with the exception if IR and SWR.

hazmat diver training courses

Dan Goldan – Westminster, CO

Dan became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1998. He began diving in 1991 and has 35 years in fire/rescue and teaches recreational and technical scuba diving through SSI and NASE. Dan is currently a Station Captain and Dive Team Coordinator with South Metro Fire Rescue. Dan is also a Dive Rescue Trainer for the Boulder Emergency Squad.  Dan can instruct DR1, LSR, CD, DSD, FFM, CSD, RIT, MD, PSDS and Interspiro Technician.

scuba hazmat diving equipment

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).

Paul Guerra – Seattle, WA

Paul became a Corporate Trainer in 2013.  Paul is a Senior Dive Master with the Seattle Fire Department and Technical Rescue Team.  Paul can teach DR1, PSD and DSD.

Thomas Hartshorn – Iowa City, IA

Tom became a Corporate Trainer in 2019. He began his diving career in 2004. Tom is a Lieutenant  with the Iowa City Fire Department. In his career in public safety, Tom has served as a police officer, detective, narcotics officer, crime scene technician as well as firefighter. Tom can instruct DR1 and MD.

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Scott Huff – Indianapolis, IN

Scott became a Corporate Trainer in 2009. He began diving in 2006. Scott is a Lieutenant and 20 year veteran with Indianapolis Fire Department, and a active public safety diver. He has also served as a Special Operations Team Member, Shift Training Officer, and Rescue Team Manager for Indiana Task Force 1.  He has written many articles for Fire Rescue and Fire Engineering magazines on public safety diving.  Scott can instruct DR1, DR1T, PSD, PSSI, PSDS, SWR and SWRII.

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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.

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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.  Jon can instruct DR1, DR1T, LSR, SSA, DSD, HazMat, BBO, MD and DRII topics.

Mike Janes –  Fishers, IN

Mike became a Corporate Trainer in 2016. Mike is currently a Lieutenant with the Fishers Police Department where he oversees the dive team. Mike began diving in 1988. He has been a paramedic since 1996, and was a firefighter prior to entering law enforcement full time. Mike is a graduate of the 273rd session of the FBI National Academy.  Mike can instruct DR1, IDO, IR.

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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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.  David can teach DR1, DSD, FFM, IR, PSD and SWR.

search and rescue jobs

Emily Kane – Albuquerque, NM

Emily became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. She began diving in 1990. Emily has 24 years as a professional firefighter in the Albuquerque area, and is currently a Battalion Chief with Albuquerque Fire Rescue as well as a Paramedic. She is also an Airboat pilot and professional ski patroller for over 30 years.  Emily can instruct CD, DR1, BBO, SWR, SWRII and SWRT.

Kevin Kemmerling – Visalia, CA

Kevin became a Corporate Trainer in 2017. He began diving in 1984. Kevin is currently a Lieutenant with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office (CA) and is the Commander of their Swiftwater / Dive Rescue and Search and Rescue teams.  He has over 15 years of experience in swiftwater rescue, dive rescue, and alpine technical rescue. Kevin can instruct DR1, UWCS I and II, ERO, CD, LSR and DSD.

Jerod Kilber – Greeley, CO

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

Micah Lundborg – Puyallup, WA

Micah became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1990. Micah is a Lieutenant with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department but is currently serving as the Contract Chief of Police for the City of Edgewood.  He’s been with Pierce County for over 25 years, and is the Dive Team Commander for the Metro Dive Team.  Micah can instruct DR1 and co-teach UWCS.

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Kevin McAfee – Kahului, HI

Kevin became a Corporate Trainer in 2008. He began diving in 1975. Kevin was with the Maui Fire Department from 1993 to 2019. Kevin currently serves as the Battalion Chief of Ocean Safety, Pro-Board Instructor III and Program Director of the Dive Rescue Recovery Program.  He is a 100 Ton Master Commercial Vessel Operator. Kevin is also co-editor of Dive Rescue International’s Public Safety Diver Manual and Public Safety Scuba Instructor Program (2011).  Kevin can instruct DR1, PSD, PSSI, DSD, FFM, PSDS, BBO, SWR, SWRII, RIT, CSD, DD, MD1, and Haz Mat Diving.

water rescue training institute

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.

hazmat diver training courses

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.

scuba diving equipment

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.

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.

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.

underwater rescue equipment

Steven Orusa – Fishers, IN

Steve became a Corporate Trainer in 1995. He began diving in 1983. Steve currently serves as the Fire Chief for Fishers Department of Fire & Emergency Services. He has served over 35 years in law enforcement and fire service positions.  He is the author of Dive Rescue Specialist, the manual used in our Dive Rescue I program.  He has also provided analysis on public safety response for USA Today, Fire Chief Magazine, Fire Engineering Magazine and has appeared on BBC, MSNBC, Fox News and CNN to provide expert analysis on disaster response.  Steve can instruct DR1.

Devon Otwell – Montgomery, AL

Devon became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 2020. He received his open water certificate in 2012 and became a PSSI in 2017. Devon is a lieutenant with Montgomery Fire Rescue. Devon can instruct DR1, PSD, FFM and DSD.

David Owens – Indianapolis, IN

David became a Corporate Trainer in 2004. He began diving in 1998. Dave recently retired with the Indianapolis Fire Department AKA “Ice Man” Owens, and is currently the Division Chief of Training & Safety for the Whitestown Fire Department.  David holds technician level certifications in rope, structural collapse, trench, confined space, swiftwater, vehicle and machinery and hazardous materials.  David can instruct DR1, DR1T, IDO, IDOT, IR, IRT, DSD, PSDS, FMW, SWR, SWRII and SWRT.

mine rescue training

Bruce Page – Ridgeland, MS

Bruce became a Corporate Trainer in 2010. He began diving in 1988. Bruce is a retierd firefighter with Ridgeland Fire Department. Bruce is currently a dive trainer with the most equipped and well-trained dive teams in the state.  He is a recreational scuba instructor for SSI, and also a MS Regional Response Team Technical Rescue Specialist.  Bruce can instruct DR1, PSD, BBO, CD, DSD, DSDT, DSR, FFM, HazMat, PSDS, PSSI and SSA.

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.  Eric can instruct DR1 and ERO.

Corporate Trainers

Ashley Payton – Montgomery, AL

Ashley became a Corporate Trainer in 2011. He began diving in 2006. After more than 20 years, Ashley recently retired as Fire Captain with Montgomery Fire Department and is now the Fire Marshall with Wetumpka Fire Department. He was instrumental in resurrecting the dive team and swiftwater rescue teams for Montgomery Fire Department.  Ashley can teach DR1, CD, BBO, SWR, SWRII, SWRT and WOOD.

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 as well a paramedic. He is very involved in Urban Search & Rescue and Technical Rescue Teams. He is also a Bike Rescue Team Coordinator and Motivational Speaker.  James can instruct SWR, SWRII, IR and FMW.

Swiftwater rescue training course

Jerry Richert Indianapolis, IN

Jerry became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1983 when he graduated from the College of Oceaneering Commercial Diving School.  Jerry is a Captain of the Special Operations Division/Dive Team and Rope Coordinator with the Indianapolis Fire Department. He is also an Ironman Tri-Athlete.  Jerry can instruct DR1, DR1T, IDO, IDOT, DSD, DSR, DSDT, FFM, IR, IRT, SWR, SWRII, SWRT, Interspiro Repair Tech and Guardian Repair Tech courses.

wet suit repairs

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.  Dick can instruct MedDive.

snorkel rescue equipment

Steve Salach – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Steve became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1975, and has over 6400 recreational dives and over 3000 public safety dives logged. Steve is a retired Deputy Sheriff with Broward County Sheriff’s Office where he also served as a dive team member and training officer. He is also a Merchant Marine Officer, and currently the president of a Special Investigations Company.  Steve can instruct CSD, DR1, PSDS, PSSI, SSA, LSR, DSD, DSDT, FFM, ERO, Port Security, Helmet Diver and Underwater Investigations.

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Jeremy Seese – Lewisville, TX

Jeremy became a Corporate Trainer in 2013. He has been a firefighter since 1996, and a rescue diver for the Lewisville Fire Department since 1999.  Jeremy is currently a Captain / Paramedic with the City of Lewisville Fire Department.  Jeremy can instruct Interspiro Technician, DR1, PSD, DSD and FFM.

rope rescue training

Kevin Slade – Vero Beach, FL

Kevin became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1985. After 34 years, Kevin retired from Indian River County Fire Rescue as a Lieutenant and Dive Team Coordinator.  He was responsible for 33 divers, a 27′ Boston Whaler and a 4 meter RHIB.  Kevin can instruct BBO, DR1, DSD and LSR.

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John Soderberg – Pittsburg, PA

John became a Corporate Trainer in 2006. He began diving in 1987. John is currently a Crew Chief / Paramedic with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, River Rescue 2 Unit. John is also a PSD and SWR Trainer for the PA Fish & Boat Commission. He is Deputy Chief of Operations for the PA Urban Search & Rescue Strike Team 1, is a Helicopter Rescue Technician with PA HART.  He is also an Underwater Hazardous Devices Diver.  John can instruct DR1, PSD, PSDS, BBO, LSR, DSD, BHO and DRII topics.

Swiftwater rescue gear

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)

Steve Wilson – Ridgeland, MS

Steve became a Corporate Trainer in 2003. He began diving in 1979. Steve’s public safety career includes 39 years as a firefighter, 21 years as a police officer/SWAT medic, and he is currently is the Assistant Fire Chief with Ridgeland Fire Department.  Steve can instruct all classes except IR and SWR.

water rescue extrication equipment

Mike Wise  – Delray Beach, FL

Mike became a Corporate Trainer in 2007. He began diving in 1978. After 30 years, Mike retired from Delray Beach Fire Rescue as a Fire Captain/Paramedic.  Mike was the Special Operations Coordinator and Dive Team Leader throughout his professional career. Mike was also a U.S. Army Ranger with 2nd Ranger Battalion from 1980-1983.  Mike can instruct DR1, PSD, DSD, DD and MedDive1.

Mike Wylie – Batavia, OH

Mike became a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International in 1987. He has been diving since 1969 (long before he could even drive). Mike serves as the dive training officer for Task Force One (TF-1) based in SW Ohio. He retired from law enforcement and is the head of security for a financial services company with offices in the US and South America region. Over the years he has taught many classes including PSD, DR 1, Ice Rescue, Ice Diving, Swiftwater Rescue, Light Salvage and Lifting. Mike enjoys passing along knowledge he has gained over the years through hundreds of diving missions.