“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, emergency and pursuit operations to help ensure safe, legal and efficient responses in all situations.

  • Applying muscle memory for success
  • Ascertaining braking capabilities and limitations
  • Assessing driver and vehicle performance capabilities
  • Considering the totality of circumstances
  • Debunking emergency response myths
  • Discerning reckless disregard vs. due regard
  • Distinguishing between organizational and personal liabilities
  • Employing the Smith System of defensive driving
  • Executing the latest pursuit protocols
  • Exercising combat breathing techniques
  • Learning legal privileges and exemptions
  • Performing comprehensive vehicle inspections
  • Practicing advanced defensive driving techniques
  • Reviewing safe seat belt usage
  • Understanding silent run exemptions
  • Reviewing proper intersection clearing protocols
  • Understanding warning system limitations
  • And more


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.