John is a former EMS Training Program Coordinator and has more than 20 years of experience in training and emergency response. He was an EMS responder and flight paramedic for 18 years, a 9-1-1 dispatcher/educator/trainer for 8 years, and also served as a certified firefighter. John has an extensive training background, providing training for EMS responders, 911 communications staff, and the general public on topics such as CPR, first aid, ACLS, and AMLS. All of these experiences have gained him extensive knowledge in emergency response planning, scene management, emergency medicine, cardiac care, and trauma management.
National Safety Council, Certified Instructor:
- CPR/AED/First Aid – Adult
- Advanced First Aid/CPR/AED
- Bloodborne & Airborne Pathogens
- Alive at 25, Defensive Driving Course
IVES Training Group, Certified Trainer:
- Counterbalanced Forklift
- Rough Terrain Forklift
- Aerial Work Platform
- Aerial Boom Lift
- Combined Aerial Lifts
- Combined Forklifts
- Scissor Lift
North Dakota Safety Council, Authorized Instructor:
- Basic Life Support for Health Care and Professional Rescuers
- Emergency Medical Response
- Fire Extinguisher
- Responsible Beverage Server
- Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors
- Opioid Awareness
- Slips, Trips & Falls
- ATV Awareness
- Responsible Beverage Server
- Workplace Trauma and Triage
What do you do at NDSC?
I am a full-time safety consultant, science nerd, and trainer for the NDSC. My expertise is in emergency medicine, injury prevention and cumulative injuries. Some of the courses I deliver include First Aid, CPR & AED, advanced trauma care, patient triage, bloodborne pathogens and emergency medical response training. I also conduct fire extinguisher training, equipment operator courses, respiratory protection, respirator fit testing along with several others.
Why is NDSC’s mission to prevent injuries and save lives important to you?
As a healthcare professional and emergency medical provider for 25 years, I dealt with workplace injuries daily. Many injuries were acute while others were chronic, but they were all preventable, and brought with them long-term disabilities that impacted my patient’s ability work, enjoy their families, and ultimately they denied them the physical and mental wellness they needed to enjoy retirement.
What are your hobbies?
What other talents do you have?
Carpentry & woodworking
“I have taken quite a few CPR classes in my time. The class yesterday put on by Joh was absolutely interesting and the best ever. He didn’t just each you CPR but everything that comes with knowing the body and then some.”
“The training was excellent! John was fantastic to work with and really catered the training to our specific needs. He kept the training entertaining and engaged all of his students. It’s not very often that you can say that a course flew by, but with Jon it seemed to be over in an instant. His real world experience and examples really help to get his points across.”
“Instructor had a lot of knowledge in what he was teaching.”
“Instructor had real life stories which made the class so much better.”
“The instructor was great at relaying the information to the class.”
“John had a lot of knowledge, very informative, had a lot of interesting stories.”
“Instructor had great references and personal stories.”
“John does a great job, he cares about what he does.”
“The instructor was very thorough and knowledgeable.”
“John is a wonderful instructor.”
“John has great enthusiasm.”
“John had a great attitude and was very friendly.”
“Instructor had many real life stories which caught everyone’s attention.”
“Instructor was very good, easy to listen to, and knowledgeable.”
“The instructor was awesome of explaining different situations to us.”