Kevin has had an avid interest in the outdoors since his father took him fishing at age 3, and has continued to pursue many outdoor activities for over 45 years, such as hiking, camping, fishing, trapping, and hunting. While serving as a Reconnaissance Specialist in the US Military, he started his diving career, and holds the certifications of DiveMaster and Master Scuba Diver, with over 15 specialties. For most of his life, he has not only been continually learning, but has used that knowledge about nature and the outdoors to teach others.
Kevin has taught members of Search and Rescue teams, participated in numerous SAR missions, given lectures on diving medicine at university hospitals, volunteered as an EMT and firefighter in his local community, served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with a local Boy Scouts Troop, and actively participates in educational podcasts and videos for EMS providers and the Preparedness community.
In 2010, Kevin was certified by the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology as a Diver Medical Technician (DMT). At that time, he was one of less than 2,000 people to ever receive this certification in the United States.
Kevin is also a Fellowship Candidate in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.
- Kevin is a certified EMT, and has earned Instructor and Instructor Trainer certifications from:
- American Heart Association
- American Safety and Health Institute
- Divers Alert Network
- Emergency Care and Safety Institute
- Medic First Aid
- National Association of EMTs (PHTLS)
- National Safety Council
- National Rifle Association
- Wilderness Medicine Outfitters
- Professional organizations Kevin holds memberships with include:
- The Association of Texas EMS Professionals
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors
- National Association of EMTs
- National Association of Search And Rescue
- Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
- Wilderness Medical Society
- National Rifle Association
Kari is a certified Paramedic, and a 14-year veteran of Fire, EMS, and Search and Rescue. She holds multiple Instructor certifications including CPR, ACLS, & PALS.
Kari currently works in the Emergency Department as a Paramedic, and serves as a Lieutenant/Safety Officer in her local Fire Department.
As a certified SAR Dog Handler, she trains & handles an 8 year-old German Shepherd named Finn.
Dr. James Brasiel, M.D., M.H.A., M.I.C.P., Educational Medical Director
As a youth Dr. Brasiel was very involved in Scouting and spent years backpacking and trekking through the Sierra-Nevada Mountains of California. As a young man while in college he worked summers at Scout Camps and taught various courses in Wilderness Survival, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Orienteering and Backpacking. He has been involved in medicine and allied health since 1986, beginning as a student athletic trainer, progressing through the ranks as an EMT, a Paramedic, and now a Physician.
Dr. Brasiel holds teaching certifications from the American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Safety and Health Institute, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, as well as a number of other well-known organizations. Dr. Brasiel has contributed to textbooks as a chapter writer and content reviewer. In addition, he has written several articles on various subjects in pre-hospital and austere improvisational medicine.