Course Descriptions

Client specific for adaptation to the specific needs of your organization, these seminars and scenario-based training from 2 The Rescue promote effective employee skills by exploring proven techniques of awareness and recognition to improve situational security. They also enhance personnel safety when dealing with agitated or unmanageable individuals or groups in office settings, public forums and street environments. Approved by Michigan State Tax Commission (STC), Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) and Michigan EMS Continuing Education. C

All out courses can be taken individually or in combination to fit your needs and allotted training time.

Active Shooter & Assailant Preparedness

Conflict Assessment & De-Escalation Techniques

Effective communication skills are essential to one’s success in a customer service oriented profession. This seminar and scenario based training is designed to improve customer relations while increasing employee safety by teaching the skills, principles and techniques for safe and effective communication. Attendees will learn the proper stance and positioning and develop their skills for interpreting verbal and nonverbal indicators of potential physical, environmental and terrorist violence as well as efficient and effective de-escalation principals.

Customer Service Excellence

With the workplace violence epidemic and the public scrutiny around the public service worker, 2 The Rescue has created participation based trainings to help workers professionally, efficiently and successfully manage the unique obstacles in the customer service profession. This education is designed to improve customer relations while increasing employee confidence and safety by learning the skills, principles and techniques for verbally controlling the interaction and de-escalating the conflict.

Service Worker Mindset – Customer Temperaments – Customer Service Satisfaction – Customer Service vs. Customer Experience – Factors Affecting Communication – Conflict vs. Crisis – Presentation & Greeting – Confrontational & Inflammatory Phrases – Negative Words Turned Positive – What Is Anger – Managing An Angry Customer – De-Escalating An Irate Customer – The Art of Making An Apology – Why We Fail – The 3 Principles of Personal Safety – Verbal Violence Warning Signs – Non-Verbal Pre-Attack Indicators – Survival Response Options – Safe Customer Escorts – Handgun Indicators – Field Work Mindset – Field Work Environmental Concerns – Field Work Approach, Entry & Exiting 

Career Survival: Avoiding Burnout

Some levels of workplace stress are inevitable, but at what point do those stressors put a worker at risk of job burnout? According to the American Institute of Stress (NY), workplace stress costs more than $300 billion each year in health care, missed work and stress reduction. Endless demands, global conference calls and easy access to work emails mean that career burnout happens at an earlier age now than ever before. This must-attend class from 2 The Rescue offers training for employers and employees, providing detailed guidelines and instruction on how to understand and identify the warning signs of chronic stress and avoid burnout entirely—or rekindle your career.

Facility Security & Safety Consultation

Professions Served

The following professions are best suited for this course. If you have questions about using this course for other professions not listed, please contact us.

  • Church safety teams
  • EMTs and paramedics
  • Employees at:
    • Government facilities
    • Entertainment venues
    • Private companies
  • Firefighters
  • Police and public safety officers
  • School administrators and educators
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Security companies
  • Tow truck drivers and wrecker personnel
  • Tax Assessors & Equalization Officers


“Just wanted to thank you for doing a tremendous job with the training on threat assessment and communications. I have received a lot of positive feedback regarding the content and knowledge of the material.” Darryl Lancaster, Metro Health Security Supervisor, Grand Rapids, MI

“Thanks for the beneficial but fun experience. It was truly a pleasure meeting you both as well, great job in keeping our attention. The interaction was phenomenal, and I would do it all over again and again. I can’t thank you enough for your time, efforts, and fun loving attitudes. You both are greatly appreciated, and truly a lifesaver.” Antonia Thomas Appraiser II, Detroit, MI

“Thank you so much for your impressive presentation you delivered to over 80 governmental employees at Southeastern Chapter Michigan Assessors Association continuing education class. If you develop any new classes, please let me know, our members are requesting your return.” Kim Miller SECMMA & WCAAO Board Member, Wayne County, MI

“Loved the class. Terry and Mike are very good instructors. Definitely learned valuable everyday life safety. I liked how they tied their jobs into our Assessing positions.” Debra R. Johnson Assessor Union Township, Grand Traverse County, MI

“THANK YOU for such an amazing training session!! I refer to it as “entertainment-learning with a safety twist!” I can hands down say it was the best training of any type I have ever attended. The knowledge you shared/provided was very well presented, and obviously backed by your own experience.” Elizabeth Zabik, Deputy Director & Property Appraiser Cheboygan County, MI

“The interactive parts were very helpful, as well as the videos. I loved that it wasn’t a rigid by the book class. These guys were funny and kept your attention all throughout the class. Best class I’ve taken yet!” Unknown, Kent County Learning & Development

“Your class was by far the most interesting that I’ve ever attended. No way you can sleep through this one. Loved it! Thank you for your service both on and off the force.” Lisa Finch, Mason County Assessors Association, Morton Township, MI

“You more than exceeded my expectations– but I already knew that based on my previous interactions with you both as well as the class. I had a blast– as did everyone who attended and I thank you again for making the very important subject matter engaging and involved for my staff and coworkers.” Jacqueline C., Amway Hotel Corporation Security Manager, Grand Rapids, MI

“Thank you for the excellent training you provided for our staff. We knew we were onto a good thing when nearly everyone who was scheduled for Friday’s session attended that day!” Julie V., Kent County Friend of Court, Grand Rapids, MI

“I attended the Threat Assessment class and thought it was the best and most relevant class I have ever attended. I have been an assessor for the last 20 years, past EMS first responder and current township supervisor. I would call this a “must attend” class for anyone who deals with the public. This was not a canned lecture and certainly gave me the skills to improve my safety.” Matthew N., Charlton Township Supervisor, Johannesburg, MI

“The two of you do a great job of making people aware of a lot of things they are oblivious to. I learned from your seminar, I enjoyed your seminar, and I have recommended it to the Ohio County Auditors (assessors) Executive Director for inclusion in one of our upcoming meetings. I enjoyed it and I would attend again.” Richard H., ASA, CAE, MAI, CRE, FRICS, Findley, OH

“My members have not stopped talking about your wonderful class! Thank you so much! Thank you for offering a must need class.” Kim M., President, WCAAO, Dearborn, MI

“Excellent class/training for keeping yourself and coworkers safer. The best class I’ve had since becoming an assessor! “Retreat is always an option” (until it’s too late). Thanks for making me “aware of being aware.” Mark R., Gaylord, MI

“Took your class on Thursday in West Branch. Six of the best CE credits I will ever earn. Thank you both so much!!!!” Julie T., Houghton Lake, MI

“You both did a great (FANTASTIC) job. The feedback I am getting is that it was awesome. Very detailed and very descriptive. Thanks to both of you for putting on such a great class.” Dino L., Whitmore Lake, MI


Meet 2 The Rescue Co-owner Terry Bykerk

A retired two-time Police Officer Of The Year nominee with more than 25 years in law enforcement, Terry applies over 6,000 hours of experience in the classroom and practical skill instruction to the benefit of emergency responders and others. The holder of multiple certifications relating to law enforcement, a certified subject matter expert, precision driving, executive protection and more, he has a unique way of imparting lessons learned from his successes and failures. These are presented not just as “war stories” but as practical advice seminar participants can use every day.

Meet 2 The Rescue Co-owner Mike Wierenga

A 30-plus year veteran in firefighting and law enforcement, Mike is an active-duty training officer for a police department in western Michigan. He has more than 6,500 hours of hands-on and classroom instruction, and is a certified subject matter expert. This former Police Officer Of The Year combines over 550 hours of critical incident stress management training with front-line applications in multiple line-of-duty deaths, officer-involved shootings, suicides and other violent tragedies. His passion for the safety and emotional wellness of emergency responders and their loved ones is easily seen by all in his presentations.