At Vector Rescue our mission is to provide comprehensive technical rescue solutions including initial training, ongoing team development and equipment sales.
Customized training programs.
We have the technical expertise to develop a training program and equipment cache for your agency based on your team composition and mission profile.
Vector Rescue is proud to be recognized as a Petzl Technical Partner and we are the only rescue PTP in New England.
Vector Rescue is proud to be a founding sponsor of the International Technical Rescue Association.
ITRA is a non-profit trade association that provides global recognition of technical rescue practitioners and instructors, across a wide range of rescue disciplines including swift-water, rope, boat, tactical, confined space and animal rescue.
Class Learning Objectives
James is the Co-Founder of Vector Rescue and is an instructor and assessor with the International Technical Rescue Association. James is a career Firefighter with the Danbury (CT) Fire Department assigned to Truck 1. He is a nationally certified fire instructor and has over 20 years of public safety experience.
James’ advanced fire service and technical rescue certifications include, Rope, Trench and Confined Space Rescue- Technician (Pro Board/NFPA), Rope 3 (ITRA), Confined Space 2 (ITRA), HAZMAT Technician, Vehicle and Machinery 1 & 2 (Pro Board/NFPA) among many others. He holds a B.S. in Fire Science, from the University of New Haven and is an Emergency Medical Technician.
James lives in Roxbury, CT and when not at work can usually be found on Nantucket Island with his better half, Victoria. They both enjoy the outdoors and backpack often together with their dogs Hailey, Hugo, and Hilo.
Co-FounderKevin is a Captain with the Danbury (CT) Fire Department, where he has worked for the past 15 years. Prior to his promotion to Captain, he spent 6 years as a Lieutenant assigned to the department's rescue company. He is the Co-Founder of Vector Rescue and sits on the Board of Directors for the International Technical Rescue Association. Kevin holds numerous national certifications including: Rope, Confined Space and Trench (Technician), Fire Instructor 2 and Fire Officer 3. He also holds Level 3 certifications in Rope and Confined Space from the International Technical Rescue Association where he is an Instructor and Assessor. Kevin lives with his wife Meghan and their children in New Milford, CT. He is currently teaching his 5 year old daughter to rock climb and has had moderate success to date.
Mike is our senior instructor and a career firefighter with the Danbury (CT) Fire Department, assigned to Engine 25. He is a nationally certified Instructor and Fire Officer with 20 years in emergency services.
Mike’s advanced fire service and technical rescue certifications include, Rope and Confined Space Rescue- Technician (NFPA), Trench Technician, HAZMAT Technician and well as OSHA Cell Tower Rescue. He became an Emergency Medical Technician in 2004 and is a member of the CT Region 5 Hazmat Team.
Mike lives with his wife, Amy, and their children in Thomaston, CT. When he’s not occupied with his kids’ sports, band practices and lego projects you can find him in the kitchen…..he makes a killer cheesecake.
InstructorKris is a Lieutenant with the White Plains (NY) Fire Department, currently assigned as the departments Training Officer. Prior to his promotion he worked as the chauffeur on the department's Heavy Rescue. As a 12 year veteran of the department, Kris is involved in teaching both rescue and ladder company operations within the department. Kris holds numerous advanced certifications including Structural Collapse Technician and the USAR Rescue Systems I/II/III series. He has been married for six years and has three daughters under the age of four who have not yet discovered their passion for everything ropes. Although, they love to inadvertently tangle and tie knots in 300’ sections that daddy has to painstakingly sort out while playing in the backyard.
Jason began his public safety career in 1995 after graduating from paramedic school. After two years as a paramedic in Worcester, Mass he was hired in 1997 at Warwick, RI Fire Department. During his tenure in Warwick he served as a fire instructor, hazardous materials technician, grant writer and was promoted to lieutenant in 2009.
He was instrumental in the creation of the Warwick Fire Technical Rescue Team and fulfilled training and leadership roles while assigned to Special Hazards 1, the heavy rescue. Jason received his fundamental rope training from Pat Rhodes and is privileged to pass on experiences and knowledge to students at the RI fire Academy.
Jason has completed several additional rope training programs as well as technician level training in tower rescue, extrication and confined space. Jason retired from Warwick Fire in 2018 and presently works for the City of New London Fire Department. He spends his free time with his family and resides in East Lyme, CT.
Brian is a Deputy Chief in the City of White Plains (NY) Fire Department. He holds certifications in Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Medium Structural Collapse(Shoring), Trench Rescue, Heavy Rigging, Advanced HazMat, and Ice/Cold Water Rescue. He is a certified NYS rope rescue instructor.
He has spent the bulk of his career as a firefighter and company officer on the City's Heavy Rescue. Brian has been the principal rope Instructor for the WPFD for the last several years and implemented the department wide change to 11mm rope.
Prior to becoming a Firefighter he spent 6 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Brian lives with his wife Lena and 2 children in Pawling, New York and enjoys spending his free time hiking the nearby Appalachian Trail with the family.
Cal is a 15 year member of the fire service with both career and volunteer experience. Cal is currently assigned as a firefighter to Squad 1 in Hamden (CT). He got his start in the fire service in his home town volunteer departments JR corps and is currently the departments Assistant Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Marshal.
He is a nationally certified Fire Officer 2, Fire Instructor 3, Fire Marshal and holds multiple advanced level fire and technical rescue certifications including Rope, Lead Climbing, Confined Space and Vehicle.
Cal lives with his girlfriend Alyssa and their 2 dogs Chevy and Ryder in Beacon Falls CT. They enjoy traveling with their camper and also live on a hobby farm raising animals and making memories.
Bill has been a member of the White Plains (NY) Fire Department since 2015 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2019. He's currently the Municipal Training Officer, overseeing the Department's training needs. Bill is a nationally certified Fire Instructor III and holds technician-level certifications in rope, confined space, trench, structural collapse, swift water, and hazmat. In addition, he's an Emergency Medical Technician and recently graduated from John Jay College with a Master's in Public Administration. Bill lives in White Plains, NY, and is a new father to a baby boy.
Scott is a Captain with the Warwick (RI) Fire Department, where he has been working for the past 18 years. He has been assigned to the city’s Heavy Rescue Company for the past 13 years and is the Team Leader for the department’s Technical Rescue Team. As a member of the department’s grant writing team, he assisted in securing over $12 million from various funding sources and grant programs, including the FEMA AFG program.
Scott has received certification for advanced training in many of the NFPA 1006 disciplines over the past 18 years. He is also certified as a FEMA Structural Collapse Technician, Level 2 SPRAT Rope Access Technician, ITRA Level 3 Advanced Rope, Fire Instructor III, Fire Officer II, and HazMat Technician.
Scott has been a Fire Academy instructor for the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy since 2007, teaching in both the Career Recruit Program and the Technical Rescue Division.
He lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, their two children. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing and tackling home improvement projects.