TEAM

TEAM

– WE’RE PROUD OF HOW WE DO BUSINESS AT SAFETY ONE TRAINING –

 

We believe in continuous learning and improvement – answering questions, solving problems, developing custom training courses, and never settling for “it can’t be done.”

 

With deep roots in fall protection, snowcat operation, safety, rescue and survival, we are often recognized as the safety experts speaking at industry conferences and keynote events.

James Chiu (Instructor)

James Chiu

Instructor

Mr. Chiu brings over 20 years of training expertise to his position as Instructor. We emphasize not only our curriculum and the training, but the instructor and his ability to transfer knowledge to a diverse group of students.

James is fluent in Spanish, which allows us to hold classes either in Spanish entirely or bilingually.

He holds numerous certifications in the telecommunications industry, including being PIM certified and Anritsu certified. Additionally, James holds certifications in firearms and defensive tactics as well as first aid and CPR.  His history in teaching crisis management and defense brings a unique mindset to James’ style as an educator.

 

 

Certifications:

  • SPRAT Level 3
  • Tower Safety and Rescue
  • Confined Space Safety and Rescue
  • Wind Turbine Safety and Rescue
  • Bucket Truck Safety and Rescue
  • Rigging and Hoisting
  • Rigging for Rescue
  • OSHA 30
  • First Aid/CPR Instructor
  • NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
  • School Attacker Response Course
  • Combat Focus Shooting
Brian Bourquin (Director of Training and Lead Instructor)

Brian Bourquin

Director of Training and Lead Instructor

 

Brian Bourquin comes to Safety One Training with years of experience in the entertainment rigging and hoisting world. Safety and rescue at height has long been a passion. After owing his own business, being a contract trainer for Safety One for a number of years, we finally convinced Brian to join the team full time in November of 2013.

 

Not only a full time instructor, Brian has been spearheading our facility improvements including our testing and R&D areas. Primarily responsible for tracking the gear our instructors use, he also is instrumental in product reviews for many product samples we receive from various manufacturers.

 

Brian is also a Certified Rope Technician Level 3 from SPRAT, the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. He competed in his first SPRAT Olympics in 2014 and placed first in the Rescue event. Brian is also an avid rock climber, welder and photographer.

Steve Andreas (Instructor)

Steve Andreas

 

Steve Andreas’ background originates in the entertainment (concert) industry as a rigger and audio engineer. He provided rigging support for a wide variety of musicians, celebrities, and political candidates over more than 10 years and has been personally responsible for the safety of numerous stadium builds as well as an extensive background in the rigging of portable structures.  Recently, he was the Head Rigger for the Presidential Debates in Boulder, Colorado.

 

With a SPRAT III certification, he functions as a full time instructor in every category Safety One has to offer, as well as providing an active role in curriculum development.

 

In addition to a climbing and rigging background, he also has extensive experience in automotive mechanics, metal fabrication, and unique vehicle operation, which leads directly into his role as a snowcat instructor for Safety One.  Steve has spent years working with the off-road community performing mechanical services and fabrication services both professionally and as a hobby.  As a Class A CDL driver with a background in machinery operation, he has a wide range of experiences to pull from for his classes.

 

Certifications:

SPRAT Level 3

Art Seely (Founder and Instructor)

Art Seely

Founder and Instructor

 

Art Seely is a renowned authority in the field of safety and survival training, and the sole founder of Safety One Training International, Inc. Art was one of the first certified rescue paramedics in the United States. The emphasis of his work has always been to help companies keep their employees safe. In 1987, Art transitioned into snow survival and snowcat operations training. Today, he’s recognized as the leading expert in the field, and actively instructs through Safety One Training.

 

Professional Designations & Certificates

  • National Safety Council “Certified Utility Safety Administrator” with special endorsement in telecommunications
  • Elected Member American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Homeland Security Specialist Level 3 designation – American College of Forensic Examiners
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
Amanda Lantz (Client Advisor)

Amanda Lantz

Client Advisor

 

Amanda joined the Safety One Training Team as the Training Coordinator in 2013 with more than fifteen years of administrative and coordination experience in the safety, energy and legal industries. In early 2015 she made the move to sales, and is passionate about providing our customers training programs tailored to fit their individual needs. She has worked in the regulatory side of the Oil and Gas Industry including a period of time in refineries. Also, working safety in Western US and Canada based solely in Refineries. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family in the Colorado Mountains at their cabin.

Tamara Hebbert (Client Advisor)

Tamara Hebbert

Client Advisor

 

Tamara Hebbert came to Safety One from the event production industry, where the importance of safety at heights played an integral part of her work for over a decade. In her previous trade, she planned and coordinated the rigging and execution of large concerts and events, which made for a smooth shift to planning and coordinating safety training. Tamara not only arranges and schedules our classes, she also enjoys participating in them. She is a SPRAT level 1 technician, as well as a certified tower climbing safety and rescue trainer and basic snowcat operator. It is not uncommon to find her in the training warehouse practicing on-rope skills or out on a mountain climbing a tower with the guys.

Chuck Kevwitch (Commercial & Government Contracts Manager)

Chuck Kevwitch

Commercial & Government Contracts Manager

 

Chuck brings over 17 years of experience in contracting and sales management to Safety One Training, Inc. Chuck worked extensively with fleet management and safety divisions within many large companies and government agencies and gained valuable knowledge of their protocols for fleet safety and training. His expertise has given Safety One a unique advantage in the government and contract training sector.

 

With years of experience in the motorsport industry and his extensive mechanical and technical experience on off-road vehicle capabilities Chuck is often in the field leading one of Safety One’s ATV, UTV, Snowcat or trailer courses. In addition, Chuck has spent the last 3 years working in a number of areas related to work at height and fall protection. He has had the opportunity to work with many different clients across the United Sates to develop safety programs for some of the most unique at-height scenarios.

 

Chuck is a SPRAT Level 1 Rope Access Technician, he is a qualified climber and rescuer for communications and high voltage towers and often is an instructor in Safety One’s Confined Space Safety and Rescue, Snowcat Operations training and ATV/UTV Operator Safety courses.

Ty Fenton (General Manager)

Ty Fenton

General Manager

 

As one of the newest team members at Safety One Training, Ty is primarily responsible for operations and curriculum development. He brings years of experience and knowledge in distribution and inventory management to the recent development of the Safety One Pro Shop. Prior to working with Safety One Training, Ty was responsible for purchasing and inventory management for a nationwide distributor of food-service parts, supplies and equipment.

 

Ty has a lifelong passion for providing world class customer experiences and continuous process improvement. When he’s not in the shop you’re likely to find him rock climbing, cycling or working on classic cars. He has a degree from Colorado State University’s School of Business and is a certified rope access technician.

Andrew Olthuis (Client Advisor)

Andrew Olthuis

Client Advisor

Before entering the world of At-Height work, Andrew spent over a decade as a producer in the television production industry. Using his acquired communication and leadership skills, he transitioned to the rapidly expanding world of Telecom, managing tower crews as a field-coordinator. He spent several years committing to logistics coordination as well as equipment management

Focusing on equipment, Andrew began working as a sales representative for an at-height safety gear distributor. At Safety-One, Andrew enjoys expanding his knowledge of safety equipment and safety training, as well as maintaining relationships with people who climb for a living.
Andrew loves skiing, camping, gardening and watching cheesy horror films.
Robin Commons (Instructor)

Robin Commons

Instructor

 

Robin Commons joined Safety One in the fall of 2008 as an assistant instructor in the Snow Operations Training Center. Since 2003 he’s been a senior instructor with the Colorado Mountain Club teaching navigation, backcountry travel, winter conditions skills and emergency shelter construction to beginning mountaineers. Before becoming an instructor, Robin had completed several courses, including the CMC survival school and Mountain Oriented First Aid. In 2004 he was trained as a Wilderness First Responder.

Mark Dornstauder (Instructor)

Mark Dornstauder

Instructor

 

Mark Dornstauder is a training instructor for Snowcat Operation Trainings. Mark has been an experienced snowcat operator since 1997, and has been teaching since January 2005. Additionally he is an Equipment Specialist at a utility company, and an active member of the local search and rescue team.

 

Mark has extensive experience in operating LMC, VMC and Tucker snowcats. He also transports telecommunication employees to mountain sites in the Reno and surrounding areas. Mark resides with his family in Reno, NV where he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family going camping, rock climbing and riding ATV’s.

Monte Brewer (Instructor)

Monte Brewer

Instructor

 

Monte Brewer is a training instructor at Safety One Training. Monte has been teaching Snowcat Operation Certification since January 2010. He is an experienced snowmobile rider, and has been pushing sleds to their limits since 1994. As an employee of a government agency that maintains hydro power plants and dams in the high Sierra he spends most of the winter operating snow cats to access facilities. Due to the nature of Monte’s job that requires inspections of usually inaccessible features, he is also an experienced rope access technician, requiring him to perform inspections and work while free hanging only supported by a rope system.

 

Monte also comes from a competitive racing background. He grew up racing downhill mountain bikes professionally. Monte resides with his family in the Reno, NV area where he enjoys spending time outdoors, going camping, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, downhill mountain biking, and riding ATV’s.

 

Certifications

  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • OSHA 511 General Industry Safety
  • SPRAT Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, Level 2 Certified Rope Access Technician
  • NFPA 70E/Arc Flash Electrical Safety/Electrical Safety for Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Permit-Required Confined Space
Andrew Pavone (Instructor)

Andrew Pavone

Instructor

 

Andrew Pavone has worked at Safety One Training for years in various operational positions and began instructing courses in 2014. He is a lead instructor of fall protection trainings and also assists in several other training classes. He volunteers at a local fire department in addition to his work at Safety One Training.

 

Andrew also holds a SPRAT Level 2 certification and has been actively involved in much of our gear testing and construction of the training facility.

 

Current Certification:

  • ICS 100, 200, 700
  • SPRAT Level 2 Rope Access Technician
Joe Anderson II (Instructor)

Joe Anderson II

Lead Instructor

 

Since Joe Anderson joined Safety One Training, he has specialized in creating, designing, implementing and instructing custom courses for the Tower Industry. Some of these courses include: Tower Safety Training and Rescue for Bill Boards, Competent Equipment Inspector, and the Advanced ATTC.

 

Joe has also implemented and designed the Rescue Rigging Lifeline Kits and Transfer Line 4:1’s, specifically designed for Tower Rescue Procedures. Besides his lead instructor role at Safety One, Joe is also a Career Firefighter and has taken a proactive and progressive approach in the Fire Service.

Todd Horning (Instructor)

Todd Horning

Instructor

 

Todd Horning joined Safety One in 2008. He brings numerous skills to the organization related to vehicle operation and fall protection dating back to previous jobs in the construction and oil & gas industries.

 

Todd also has 10+ years of extensive professional experience teaching in the safe operation of motorcycles, ATVs, and tracked snow vehicles. He has had the opportunity to work with many different crews around the world to develop safe practices for some of the most unique at-height scenarios. Todd is very passionate about sharing his experience with others to ensure their safety while enjoying their work.

 

Certifications

  • SPRAT Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, Certified Rope Technician Level 3
  • OSHA 511 General Industry Safety
  • OSHA 501 Authorized Trained in Occupational Safety and Health for General Industry
  • EMT-B Nationally and State Registered Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Fighter 1 State of Colorado
  • Hazmat Operations State of Colorado
Nick Weighton (Instructor)

Nick Weighton

Instructor

 

Nick Weighton joined Safety One Training in 1997. He is a fall protection expert and also specializes in mountain navigation and winter survival. Using hands-on teaching methods, he demonstrates map and compass techniques, survival gear and shelter construction.

 

Originally from Florida, Nick moved to Colorado in 1990. He has traveled to all 50 states along with 24 countries providing him with a wide range of practical experience in various climates, terrain and working environments. Nick offers 36 years of professional experience as a military and civilian instructor in navigation, survival, climbing and a dozen other outdoor skills. He was a Field Artillery and Special Forces officer and presently a backpacking, mountaineering and survival instructor for the Colorado Mountain Club. Since 1966 Nick has worked, hiked, trained or taught in woodland, mountain, desert and swamp environments in all weather conditions, day and night. As an avid mountain climber, he has summited 55 mountains over 14,000 feet high, including Mount Rainier. He enjoys outdoor sports such as hiking, camping, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

 

Nick considers it a professional obligation to pass on his knowledge and experience to help keep our customers safe.

Steve Dundas (Instructor)

Steve Dundas

Instructor

 

Steve Dundas is a senior instructor and has been with Safety One Training since 1999. Steve is an experienced snow vehicle operator with over ten years in snowcat transportation through Mountain Top Communications. Steve has 35 years’ experience as an Airport Ground Operation Supervisor for United Airlines.