Our guest blogger has such an extensive list of credentials that we needed to devote an entire blog JUST to introducing him to you.
Tom (or I should say Dad because he also happens to be my dad) will be posting a blog each week that goes deeper into that week’s radio show topic.
In case you missed it in our earlier blog introducing this month’s topic, each week we will cover a different aspect of Emergency Preparation and Survival.
Take a look…
Week 1 — Getting Started on Emergency Preparation
Week 2 — Meeting Your Basic Needs
Week 3 — Extended Preparedness
Week 4 — Wilderness Survival
So without further adieu, meet your expert for this month!
I want to start by introducing myself. Starting as a child and throughout my life, I have been a camper, fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. I have had extensive training and have taught lifesaving and survival skills to others, both youth and adults
I have taught classes’ on emergency preparedness, including supplies to have available, as well as steps to take in response to an emergency. Things such as first aid, wilderness survival, winter survival, urban survival, shelter in place (at home with no electricity, gas or water utilities), fire building, matchless fire building, emergency shelters, signaling, food, water filtration and purification, basic navigation, preparing a “go bag” or “evacuation kit”, a “get home bag”, “office survival kit”, auto emergency and survival kits, and the priorities of survival.
Along with classroom instruction, I have taught numerous hands on practical training courses in shelter building, fire starting, first aid, survival skills, water filtering and purification and many others. I have had a lifelong passion for emergency preparation, survival skills and responding to disaster situations.
We are so very excited to learn from Tom throughout this month, and we know you will be too! If you have any questions along the way for our expert, please click on the Contact link above and send us an email. We will be sure to forward them along.
Here’s to a great year of preparation!
Tom’s Experience and Credentials
History of service:
- U.S. Navy Corpsman, 1972-1976
- Volunteer Firefighter, 1970-1972 and 1976-1999
- Paramedic, 1983-2003
- Reserve Police Officer, 1999-2009
- Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster, 1996-2004
As a Firefighter / Paramedic:
- Fire Lieutenant – Fire Training Officer
- EMS Captain – EMS Training Officer
- CPR Instructor
- Infectious Disease and Blood Borne Pathogens Instructor
- Fire Department Safety Officer
- Committee Chairman of City Safety Committee
- Scuba Diver with the County Underwater Rescue / Recovery Unit
Fire / EMS Training:
- Certified by the Fire Service Institute, Iowa State University as:
- NFPA- Firefighter II
- NFPA- Firefighter Engineer
- NFPA- Fire Officer
Additional Fire / EMS Training:
- Aircraft Crash Fire / Rescue Response
- Flammable Liquids and Compressed Gases Fire / Rescue Response
- Technical Rescue Techniques
- Building Collapse, Confined Space, Trench, High Angle, Low Angle,
- Disaster Response Rescue / Recovery
- Incident Command & Control
- State, County, Local, Disaster Response Training @
- Starks Armory Camp Dodge, U.S. Army Reserve Base, Johnston, Iowa
- Water Rescue, Rapid Water Rescue, Ice Rescue
- Underwater Rescue / Recovery
- Certified Paramedic with the Iowa Department of Public Health
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Firearms / Weapons Trained
- Defensive Tactics Trained
Boy Scout Leader:
- Leadership Trained
- Wood Badge Advanced Leadership Trained
- Advanced Scoutmaster, Philmont National Boy Scout Ranch, New Mexico
- Silver Beaver Award Recipient
Emergency Preparedness / Survival Training:
- Military Survival Training with the U.S. Navy
- Military Winter Survival Training, Iowa State University
- Boy Scout Wilderness Survival Training
- Fire Department and Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Training