Train with Real Emergency Responders

Tech Safety Lines' trainers are fire fighters, EMTs, and members of Urban Search & Rescue. These rescue experts bring real life experience to the TSL training curriculum. Students walk away with a holistic understanding of emergency environments and the tools to ensure they get home safe day after day.

Carlos Garza

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2005

Firefighter from 1994 – Present

From Corpus Christi, TX

Lives in Waxahachie, TX

Training Philosophy: “Get them to the ground safely.”

Notable Experience: Active member of the Dallas Fire Department’s USAR team, Texas Task Force II, OSHA 10.

Certifications:

  • High Angle rescue
  • Confined Space
  • Trench Rescue
  • Structure collapse

Joe Don Dutton

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2005

Firefighter from 1999 – Present

From Van, TX

Lives in Van, TX

Training Philosophy: “The #1 reason I’m here is to help you get home safely at the end of the day.”

Certifications:

  • High Angle Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Structure Collapse Rescue
Bryan Corley - Tech Safety Line Trainer

Bryan Corley

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2013

Firefighter from 1987- 2018

From Bucaramanga, Colombia, South America

Lives in Forney, TX

Training Philosophy: “Take a deep breath and keep it simple.”

Notable Experience: Former member of the Texas Task Force. Served 2 years as a Rescue Manager.

Justin McKinney - Tech Safety Line Instructor

Justin McKinney

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2017

Firefighter from 2012 – Present

From Fort Worth, TX

Lives in Fort Worth, TX

Training Philosophy: “I want my students to understand how to effect a rescue, do it safely, and keep it efficient.”

Notable Experience: Member of Dallas Fire-Rescue’s Urban Search and Rescue Team at Station 19.

Certifications:

  • Certified Paramedic
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Structure Collapse Rescue
  • Vehicle Extrication

Marc Ball

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2005

22 Years in the Telecommunications Industry

From Honolulu, HI

Lives in Frederick, MD

Training Philosophy: “My philosophy of teaching safety and rescue has evolved over several years of teaching experience.

My mission as an instructor:

  • To provide a positive learning environment that sparks learner’s interest and enthusiasm.
  • To provide a simple, hands on approach to learning, giving the student a strong foundation on which to build his or her skills.
  • To provide immediate feedback through both classroom assessment and practical application.”

Certifications/Experience:

  • OSHA 500 Outreach Trainer
  • Structural Welding-Steel
  • AHA-CPR/First Aid
  • NWSA- Subject matter expert/ TTT-1 & TTT-2
  • 3-TV Antenna Helicopter Picks
  • The Crosby Group- Heavy Rigging
Matthew Geller - Tech Safety Line Trainer

Matthew Geller

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2011

Firefighter from 2000 –  Present

From San Antonio, TX

Lives in Wylie, TX

Training Philosophy: “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.”

Notable Experience: Current Helicopter Rescue Specialist for Texas Task Force I

Certifications:

  • Rope Rescue Instructor
  • Confined Space
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Vehicle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Rescue
  • Haz Mat

Matthew Turnell

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2017

Firefighter from 2011 – Present

Lives in Weston, TX

Training Philosophy: “I never want my students to just memorize steps to perform a specific scenario. I want my students to be able to apply their skills and knowledge of the equipment to perform in every scenario.”

Notable Experience: Member of Dallas Fire Department Urban Search And Rescue team at Station 33, Served as Team Leader in the 3-124 CAV Long Range Surveillance Detachment. Texas Task Force II Medical Specialist. Licensed Paramedic.

Certifications:

  • Technical Search & Rescue
  • High Angle Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Rescue
  • Vehicle Rescue
  • Trench Rescue

Nathan Pilcher

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2017

Firefighter from 1995 – Present

From Fort Worth, TX

Lives in Frisco, TX

Training Philosophy: “Train until it becomes second nature.”

Notable Experience: Active member of the Dallas Fire Department’s USAR team & Texas Task Force.

Certifications:

  • Multiple certifications in Urban Search & Rescue
Stephen Spencer - Tech Safety Line Trainer

Stephen Spencer

Tech Safety Lines Trainer

TSL Trainer since 2016

Firefighter from 2005 – Present

From Amarillo, TX

Lives in McKinney, TX

Training Philosophy: “Train until it becomes second nature.”

Certifications: Certified in multiple aspects of Urban Search and Rescue since 2008

Firefighter in gear

Mark has been a TSL Trainer since 2021 and a Firefighter since 2004. He is from Phoenix, AZ and currently lives in Dallas, TX

 

Training Philosophy: “Is it safe? Is it effective? Is it efficient? Safe and effective are paramount. Efficiency comes with experience and repetition.” 

 

Notable Experience:

  • Dallas Fire Rescue, Technical Rescue/ Urban Search & Rescue Team since 2005
  • Member of the Texas Task Force Two for 13 years
  • US Navy & Reserve 24 years

 

Certifications:

  • Master Firefighter & Paramedic
  • Confined Space
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Operations
  • Swift Water
  • Trench Rescue

Connor has been a TSL Trainer since 2019 and a Firefighter since 2014. He is from Nebraska and currently lives in Fate, TX.

 

Training Philosophy: “Mess up here, so you don’t out there.” 

 

Notable Experience:

  • Dallas Fire and Urban Search & Rescue Team

 

Certifications:

  • Confined Space
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Operations
  • Heavy Vehicle and Machinery Rescue
  • Trench Rescue
  • Paramedic
Firefighter in gear

James has been a TSL Trainer since 2021 and a Firefighter since 20018. He is from Los Angeles, CA and currently lives in Dallas, TX

 

Training Philosophy: “We don’t rise to the level of our expectation. We fall to the level of our training.” 

 

Notable Experience:

  • Dallas Fire Rescue, Technical Rescue/ Urban Search & Rescue Team

Sara has been a TSL Trainer since 2019 and a Firefighter since 2014. She is from Crandall, TX and currently lives in Dallas.

 

Training Philosophy: “Practice. Practice. Practice to become safe, successful, and efficient.” 

 

Notable Experience:

  • Dallas Fire and Urban Search & Rescue Team

 

Certifications:

  • Confined Space
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Structural Collapse Operations
  • Vehicle Extraction
  • Paramedic