Training for Firefighters

While most risks of injury to firefighters occur “on the fire ground,” factors such as physical stress, being lost or trapped in a fire situation, and vehicle crashes are identified as the primary causes of death, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in their RAND report, “Protecting Emergency Responders.” In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) confirms that deaths in road vehicle crashes are the second most frequent cause of on-duty firefighter fatalities.

Of course, stress is another significant occupational hazard. Mental health issues such as cumulative stress, traumatic stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are concerns for emergency responders such as firefighters. According to the NIOSH-funded report, “The traumatic nature of major disasters can have significant effects on individual responders and on response organizations as a whole.”

Recognizing these hazards, 2 The Rescue has developed courses that can help firefighters better deal with the vehicular-related dangers they encounter on nearly every call, and manage the stress that often comes with their regular exposures to danger, trauma and adrenaline. All classes exceed the standards of courses that were previously available to the firefighters in the State of Michigan.

Accident Scene Safety & Traffic Control

A combination of classroom learnings and hands-on training, this 2 The Rescue course helps first-responders learn the legal requirements for scene control according to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), OSHA and DOT regulations. Michigan Q60A SMOKE-Fireworks Funds Approved Course! 

Active Shooter, Scene Awareness & Threat Assessment 

Client specific for adaptation to the specific needs of your organization, these seminars and scenario-based training from 2 The Rescue promote effective skills to improve on scene security. They also enhance personnel safety when dealing with agitated or unmanageable individuals or groups in street environments. Approved by Michigan EMS Continuing Education, these comprehensive courses explore proven techniques of awareness and recognition that emphasize de-escalation, avoidance over confrontation and how to respond. Courses can be taken individually or in combination.

Emergency Response Liability & Advanced Driving Strategies

This advanced driver’s training program from 2 The Rescue adheres to your organization’s practices as it meets or exceeds legal statutes of the State of Michigan and recommendations by VFIS. The course’s training methods are designed to change your vehicle operator attitudes and modify driving behaviors in non-emergency and emergency operations to help ensure safe, legal and efficient responses in all situations. Michigan Q60A SMOKE-Fireworks Funds Approved Course! 

Emotional Wellness & Career Survival

  1. Zero to 60: The adrenaline dump – Managing the day-to-day exposures
  2. 60 to 100: Loss of control – Recognizing PTSD, suicide & high risk behaviors | Advanced Training

Michigan Q61A SMOKE-Fireworks Funds Approved Courses!

These highly topical and important seminars from 2 The Rescue are tailored to the specific needs of your organization – addressing not only your emergency responders but also their loved ones on issues that are destroying relationships, careers and lives at alarming rates. Among these workers, stress and overexertion are the leading causes of death. In addition, consistently high rates of alcoholism, divorce and domestic violence negatively affect themselves, their spouses and families to say nothing of their co-workers, on-the-job efficiency or career prospects.

Approved by Michigan EMS Continuing Education and the State of Michigan’s 911 Dispatcher Training Committee  this 2 The Rescue training will instruct through real-life examples how the inability to manage the cumulative stress from daily exposures to trauma and adrenaline affects the way we act. It also is directly related to our safety, decision making and capacity to remain ethically solid as individuals and organizations.

Through this training, emergency responders can gain the ability to manage the daily stressors and significantly reduce their risks of abusive behaviors, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide.

Tactical Accident Avoidance

An advanced “behind-the-wheel” course on vehicle operations, this class from 2 The Rescue demonstrates vehicle dynamics and accident avoidance techniques at low speeds and with minimal wear-and-tear on vehicles. This is not a vehicle-handling familiarization or “around-the-cones” course but one that covers driving techniques that most first responders have not experienced previously. Participants learn (or refresh) skills that can avoid accidents, prevent injuries and save lives while minimizing or eliminating vehicle damage.


“As both a fire wife and a full time paramedic this class was outstanding. Sometimes filling both shoes is tough, this definitely helped remind me what was important.” Unknown Paramedic, Oakland County, MI

“Very good info! We will be thankful everyday for this information.” Unknown Firefighter Spouse, Oakland County, MI

“Thank you! This class came at a perfect time in my life and was a huge help.” Unknown Firefighter, Oakland County, MI

“Thank you both for sharing your lives with us. You both are part of what I hope to be a big change with families, friends and co-workers in emergency services. Thank you for all you do.” Cheri Tuller, Chief’s Wife of Traverse City Fire Department, Traverse City, MI

“I had the pleasure of sitting in on this class this morning. Many tears were shed ♡ ANYONE would benefit from this class!! These 2 home town heroes are bringing light to the fact that Emotional Wellness is just as important as your job skill set. In this case; our 1st responders have a HUGE % of divorce rate, alcoholism and sadly to say suicides (more so than the civilian population). Definitely PTSD in many cases. There’s good calls and bad calls. Our brains are wired to remember the bad before the good. How do you cope? Personally AND as a family?? These guys are presenting info (from the field), increasing awareness in hopes to modify behavior and change the attitude of civilian and public safety community!! Hat’s off to you Terry & Mike ♡ thank you for sharing your stories with us today.” Stacy Allman Blair Township Fire and EMS Spouse, Grawn, MI

“When I first started out in the fire service my chief had you guys come out and run a class for us, I thought it was one of those “it won’t happen to me things” so I brushed it off. Fast forward a few years when it *was* happening to me, I found a card in my wallet and gave the number a call. You guys dropped what you were doing and spent a good hour on the phone with me… saved my life.” Jake Oakes, Firefighter

“Thank you guys for reaching out. This is one of the best classes I have attended. It certainly is very eye opening.” Todd Hurley, Battalion Chief Clay Fire Territory, IN 

“Thanks again for the class last night. I was forced to take this class but I’m glad I did.” Joseph Morck, FF-Medic Shelby Township Fire Department, Macomb County, MI

“You did our class at Selfridge ANGB. Loved your message, revitalizes the soul that we aren’t really crazy!” Fire Chief Christopher Ross, United States Air Force, Macomb County, MI

“This was absolutely eye opening and beyond informational. You guys did a fabulous job, and as part of the HR team for my Township, I could visibly see how the firefighters related to you. Thank you for your wonderful presentation and for really giving insight into the first response profession. You have definitely started meaningful conversations and have no doubt saved lives!!” Megan Burke, Benefits Coordinator at Chesterfield Township Municipal Offices

“Thank you so much for coming and talking to the firefighters and wives of Delta Township. As a mother of a firefighter, I found valuable information and wisdom in your seminar. Keep up the good work!!” Kenna Roberts, Delta Township, MI

“I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the training. You and Mike are saving lives, saving relationships, and preventing substance abuse with every presentation. Every public safety employee should attend this valuable training. I admire the courage and forthright nature by which you tell your personal story to bring home the importance of emotional wellness for first responders.” Daniel J. Mills, Senior Deputy Police & Fire Chief, Portage, MI

“I attended your workshop last night and I didn’t get a chance to thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. It provided an extra component to the training that is invaluable. I came as a support person for my husband. I am not a first responder. I have been a medical oncology nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner for 11 years & just recently within the past year started staffing the child abuse clinic at Bronson. My exposure to trauma is different than that of EMS, Law Enforcement, Firefighter. Even so, I have noticed some of the coping mechanisms and personality traits that you discussed surface throughout my own career. Your tips and tricks for relationship strengthening for those unable to make decisions and those drained of emotion are spot on. I found it VERY helpful my personal use and for application when being a supportive wife. Thanks again. Keep up the Good Work!” Sherri Khillah, Nurse and Responder Wife, Kalamazoo, MI

“This is one of the best classes I have taken. It should be a requirement by the state!” Brian Radant, Tecumseh Fire Department, Tecumseh, MI

“Thank you guys for the great training. I noticed myself and others have changed our driving behavior while driving emergency. I wish we had done this earlier. Your class should be mandatory for all of us.” Rick Vriesenga, Captain Alto-Bowne Twp. Fire Department, Alto, MI

“This training is the best I have gone to in 20 years of fire fighting, it opens the eyes and minds of the old timer’s as well as the rookies. Driving safety is one of the most important things we need to do in fire service..” Fire Chief Middleton, Thornapple Township EMS, Middleville, MI

“Very well prepared and customized class to our department. Eye opening!” Firefighter Belanger, Tecumseh Fire Department, Tecumseh, MI

“The best coverage of this subject that I have had in 28 years of the fire service.” Chaplain Roersma, Alpine Fire Department, Alpine, Comstock Park, MI

“Very high energy presentation…More class participation than I have seen for any EVO class in years.” Assistant Chief Long, Tecumseh Fire Department, Tecumseh, MI

“A+, very informational and well received.” Fire Chief Lague, North Muskegon Fire Department, North Muskegon, MI

“Your input on our policies were extremely helpful, we will be implementing many of your suggestions… We do the driving class every year, but they do not hit home like your class.” Fire Chief Bolen, Sparta Fire Department, Sparta, MI