Michael is the owner and lead instructor at First Approach EMS Education & Staffing. Michael began his EMS career in 1994 as an EMT for the volunteer ambulance service in his hometown. Over the years, Michael acquired experience in administrative, supervisory and management roles. He has worked for commercial ambulance services and still volunteers for his hometown ambulance service. Michael also works a few weekends a year as an EMT at Lime Rock Race Park. Michael is a member of The National Association of EMS Educators and Connecticut Society of EMS Instructors. Michael is also an American Heart Association CPR & First Aid instructor, Red Cross CPR & First Aid Instructor and Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP) instructor. Michael is the EMT Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, CT. He is also a NREMT Practical Exam Coordinator. Michael enjoys spending time with his girlfriend Kari, exploring sights around New England and anywhere warm in the Caribbean. Michael enjoys educating aspiring emergency medical technicians and training practicing EMS professional through refreshers and continuing education opportunities. Michael’s philosophy for educating EMS professionals is to keep the content interesting, interactive and relevant. “Prehospital healthcare is the first step of care for many patients treated in emergency rooms. My motivation is to train confident and competent prehospital providers, who are successfully prepared for the task”
Brandon is a husband to Shannon and father to 6-year-old Jade who enjoys challenging others to achieve superman-like status in the field of EMS. In his spare time, he enjoys doing puzzles and reading with Jade, watching action and suspense movies, doing home improvement projects with friends and hanging out with his family. Brandon joined the First Approach EMS Education and Staffing group in 2016 bringing a deep love and appreciation for EMS and Training along with an ALS perspective. Brandon started his EMS career as an EMT in 1996 working for American Medical Response and volunteering as a Fire Fighter / EMT for the East Farms Fire Department in Farmington. He went on to obtain his Paramedic in 2005 and began working for Aetna Ambulance out of Hartford. He went on to become a Field Training Officer, Paramedic Preceptor, Supervisor, and the Director of Training. Brandon obtained his EMS-I and AHA instructor in 2014. When other interests blossomed, Brandon went back to school and now works full time as an Electrician for Automated Building Systems, Inc. out of Glastonbury. Brandon continues to work in the field of EMS as a per-diem Paramedic for the Town of Windsor. Brandon enjoys teaching a multitude of EMS disciplines including CPR, ACLS, PALS, PEPP, initial and recertification EMT classes as well as Paramedic Continuing Education topics. He especially enjoys teaching topics on cardiology and the respiratory system. Brandon loves teaching because he feels he can broaden and shape the minds of the up and coming EMS Providers and hopes to bring a wider scope of practice to the BLS level.
Steve is one of the primary instructors at First Approach EMS Education & Staffing. Steve began his career in EMS in 1984 as an EMT with a local fire department. Steve has an extensive teaching career in the EMS field and in both the military (he retired with over 20 years of active duty service in the Air Force) and civilian communities. He has an extensive background in EMS, command and control, incident management, NIMS and has held various volunteer leadership and training positions throughout his years. Steve is one of the hand-picked few instructors authorized to train new EMS instructors in the state. Additionally, Steve holds national instructor certifications through the American Heart Association, National Association of EMTs, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Community Emergency Response Teams, and state certifications as a Law Enforcement Civilian Instructor and NREMT Practical Exam Evaluator. He is the President-elect of the CT Society of EMS-Is and a member of the National Association of EMS Educators. Steve is also the Assistant Emergency Management Director in his local town.