Training Division is an emergency services training company that was developed by firefighters for firefighters, fire recruits, and Emergency Medical Service personnel. As professional firefighters, we understand the difficulty of trying to obtain firefighter certification, EMS certification, and professional development training. A group offirefighters with many years of fire education experience has developed these programs with those problems in mind, including the NFPA 1001 certification that we offer here at Training Division. We wanted to make a fire and EMS training program that everyone could take from their own home, rather than try and sign up for a class, arrange accommodations, and schedule time off.
Our ultimate goal is to provide firefighters with a “one stop” place they can come to for their basic or advanced disciplines and certifications, including EMT certification, one of the only internet available EMT school offerings on the Internet today. We also emphasize safety in every aspect of our training. Our students learn not only to perform at the highest levels within their fields but to stay safe and keep others safe while working.
Training Division has an excellent academic reputation. Our courses hold 4 of the top ten class average scores ever recorded by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. This includes the top score ever recorded by a class AND an individual. Academic excellence and skills mastery is the top priority of our company.
Brad and his family are originally from Winnipeg, Canada and currently live in Orlando, Florida where they volunteer with wish foundation families as they come to Give Kids The World on their wish trips. Brad has been an emergency responder since 1997 and has a passion for offering EMS and fire programs to those that have the dream to help others in this way. Brad is a strong believer that Training Division is the perfect platform for helping those wishing to become firefighters or paramedics start their journey and that we can also help experienced responders excel and promote through the ranks with our additional certification programs.
When he was only six years old, Mick’s mother died in a house fire just fifteen feet from a second story window. He was rescued by a firefighter that day and his life changed forever. He has since then expressed a passion towards the fire service and what it stands for. Character, Honor, Respect, Integrity, Service and Teamwork are the pillars he has chosen to base his career and life upon. He began his journey as a volunteer for a combination department. Then he was finally accepted into his dream career as a fulltime firefighter/paramedic. He retired as a Fire Lieutenant and came on board full-time for Training Division. His favorite thing to do is spend time with his wife, two sons and baby girl on his days off.
Shaun’s venture in emergency services started through training in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has led him through many additional training programs in multiple locations throughout Canada. Shaun is very familiar with the needs of local fire and EMS programs throughout the country and continues to work with department leaders to ensure that our students are the best prepared candidates for available firefighting positions.
Instructor Green is currently a member of the Fort Worth Fire Department and a key member of the Training Division management and instructional team. He has a sincere passion for doing whatever it takes to help each and every one of our students succeed because he knows that success now will translate into serving others, being safe, and saving lives down the road.
I began my career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 19. Shortly after joining the department, I knew this was my calling in life so I went to Fire Academy and EMT school. I began my career as one of the first six
career firefighters hired with a local department and worked there for 6 years. After taking two years away from the fire service, for family reasons and wondering if I was really making a difference, I decided to refocus my life, trusting God to place me where I needed to be and was given an opportunity to go back where my career began. I am now working as a FF/Paramedic, a member of the Honor Guard, and I have earned a degree in Fire Science. I have worked with Training Division Fire Academy since 2005 and I’ve been able to fill many roles during my time here. I started as a part-time instructor and quickly identified with the vision of the company and the core values. I now take care of the day to day EMS operations. I am married to my wonderful wife, Rachel and have four beautiful children: Jaden, Elissa, Ryan and Isabella.
I knew early on in life that I wanted to be a firefighter. I tried taking a different career path and I knew God had a different plan for me and in 2001 the plan was laid out. I attended Texas A&M for my basic fire academy and EMT-B certification. I began my career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 22. I began my career as a career firefighter / paramedic in 2004 with a local department and worked there for 2 years. I was hired in 2006 by a local fire department in the Mid-Cities area and that is where I currently reside as a FF/Paramedic, a member of the Honor Guard, and currently hold the Vice Presidents seat for our IAFF Local. I am married to my wonderful wife, Sarah and have two beautiful girls: Lily and Khloe.
Lonnie Ballenger graduated from Cleburne High School in 1987 and wasted no time pursuing his dream; that Fall he began volunteering for the Keene Fire Department. From 1987 through 2009 he held every position in the department, including Fire Chief. He earned his EMT certification at Tarrant County College in 1988, his EMT-Intermediate certification at Huguley Hospital in 1991, and his Paramedic certification at Huguley Hospital in 1994… Read More »
Wayne Baker has been an instructor with Training Division since 2004. His love of public service dates all the way back to when he was a Police Explorer at age 16.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration and has over 20 years’ experience in firefighting, much of which has been volunteer work… Read More »