About 2 the Rescue

Why Choose 2 The Rescue Life-Saving Training?

Many of today’s training resources are not only out-of-date, but also dangerously incomplete. These deficiencies can put your department or employees at risk of burnout, injury or – worse case – even line-of-duty deaths, not to mention the less-than-best practices that can bring inefficiency to your operations.

Recognizing the need for a better solution, 2 The Rescue was established to provide field-tested safety techniques and emotional wellness strategies to better prepare your employees for the actual on-the-job experiences that they face each and every day. The latest developments and industry best practices are integral to all that we do.

2 The Rescue training is presented by experienced instructors who have successfully performed all the techniques, strategies and maneuvers live and in the field. The organization’s needs-specific training is at once innovative, cost effective and designed to lay a solid foundation for managing everyday tasks. This includes the life-threatening conflicts and risks that are involved not only in line-of-duty occupations but elsewhere among drivers, educators and others.

Throughout it, we will enhance your ability to properly evaluate a situation and make timely decisions – thereby limiting not only your liability but also more importantly reducing the chance of harmful stress, injury and death to your team.

Meet Our Team

Headed by two public safety professionals combining more than 45 years of experience, the 2 The Rescue team has witnessed many preventable deaths of co-workers as well as citizens.

In light of this, the team’s mission is to reduce these tragedies by presenting affordable, convenient and passionate educational programs that increase awareness, modify behavior and change the attitudes of the civilian and public safety community.

Its leaders are:

Terry Bykerk

Terry Bykerk has over 25 years of law enforcement experience in patrol, vice, S.W.A.T., field training, investigations and street undercover operations. He has extensive experience in standard operating guideline liability and implementation, training program development and adult learner advancement – including over 4,500 hours of classroom and practical skill instruction in area colleges, universities, hospitals and security agencies as well as fire and police departments. Terry has a unique way of sharing his personal successes and pitfalls not just as “war stories” but in an educational way that will get you thinking!

Work Experience:

  • Retired Police Officer at Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Coordinator
  • Field Training Officer Coordinator
  • In-Service and Recruit Training Coordinator and Instructor
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department Instructor
  • Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit Instructor
  • Grand Valley State University Instructor

Certifications:

  • Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Michigan State Police Precision Driving
  • Michigan State Police Advanced Precision Driving Instructor
  • Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission Pursuit Intervention Techniques Instructor
  • Gryphon Group Advanced Executive Protection
  • MACNLOW Police Supervision
  • Field Training Associates Advanced Coaching Strategies
  • MCOLES Field Training Officer
  • Stop Stick Instructor

Involvement:

  • Ford Interceptor Prototype Evaluator
  • Police Magazine Contributor
  • Lt. Colonel David Grossman: “Bulletproof Mind”
  • Dr. Kevin Gilmartin: “Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement”

Mike Wierenga

Mike Wierenga has over 20 years of firefighting and law enforcement experience with over 4,000 hours of classroom and practical skill instruction in area colleges, universities, hospitals and security agencies as well as fire and police departments. His training includes over 250 hours of critical-incident stress management combined with his front-line application in multiple line-of-duty deaths and officer-involved shootings as well as suicides, violent tragedies and deaths. Mike’s passion for the emotional wellness of emergency responders is readily apparent in his professional presentation skills.

Work Experience:

  • Firefighter at Thornapple Township Fire and EMS
  • Police Officer at Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Police Peer Support Team Member
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Coordinator
  • In-Service and Recruit Training Coordinator and Instructor
  • Grand Rapids Fire Department Instructor
  • Michigan State Police Precision Driving Instructor
  • Grand Valley State University Instructor
  • Grand Rapids Community College Instructor

Certifications:

  • FFTC I/II
  • Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Michigan State Police Advanced Precision Driving Instructor
  • Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission Pursuit Intervention Techniques Instructor
  • SKIDCAR SYSTEMS Instructor
  • Stop Stick Instructor
  • MCOLES Field Training Officer
  • Simunitions Scenario Instructor
  • Reid Interview and Interrogation
  • Street Officers and Terrorism
  • DWI Detection and Sobriety Testing

Involvement:

  • CISM: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention and Peer Support
  • CISM: Trauma to Addictions
  • CISM: Line of Duty Death
  • CISM: Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
  • C.O.P.S. Law Enforcement Wellness & Trauma
  • Disaster Behavioral Health Services
  • Thin Blue Line Death Notification and Funeral Protocol
  • CopShock
  • Department of Justice: “The Traumas of Law Enforcement”
  • Lt. Colonel David Grossman: “Bulletproof Mind”
  • Dr. Kevin Gilmartin: “Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement”