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 EMS professional, 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
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.
Kevin's real world experience was very obvious. He didn't kill us with war stories, but used them judiciously to underscore a point. He had great patience with me on the hands-on portion of the program. Kudos!!Jeff U. Wilderness First Aid Course
Excellent course. Am very pleased and feel much more confident. Kevin did an excellent job. He is extremely knowledgeable and was very patient working with the students. I will definitely be taking other courses.Bob R. Wilderness First Aid Course
Kevin, you hold a great class. I appreciate everything you shared in your Hemorrhage Control class. Invaluable to an average citizen like myself that has no first aid training. And thank you for your military service. Don't know if people say that enough, but I very much appreciate it.Chris C. Hemorrhage Control Course
Class was outstanding. More information than any first aid class we've ever taken. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and a good humored teacher. Thank you again!Raul Basic First Aid Course
I would like to thank you for a great class. Class content and experiences shared were very educational for all of us. The level of interaction was excellent, we had great fun participating, and we appreciate your patience answering everyone's questions. Looking forward for your course in Wilderness First Aid!!Dalmir Basic First Aid Course