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Local experts in the field!

Mitigating Risk. That’s what we do.

All of our staff has experience in managing risk. They come from careers in emergency medicine where they performed life-saving roles in hospital emergency departments, cruise ships, helicopters, courtrooms and other unique environments. They have cared for severely injured and gravely ill patients during their tenure and they routinely share their experiences through training courses and lectures in both public and private settings.

We have varied backgrounds and experiences but our passion for saving lives while concurrently eliminating civil liability is unsurpassed. Our depth of experience includes a physician who is Director of Emergency Services at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, A thirty-year veteran law enforcement officer as well as experienced Emergency Medical Technicians and civil law deputies with excellent experience.

We have experience testifying in court and working with local, state and federal laws and have expertise when consulting for public and private companies in the area of CPR, First Aid and medical equipment. Click on our profiles to find out more about us!

Our Team

Tuck Bierbaum

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Bierbaum is our Chief Medical Officer and is also currently an emergency department physician and Director of Emergency Services at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Tonia Bello

Safety Consultant, Instructor

Tonia Bello has been involved in Public Safety for all of her adult life. She is very passionate about life and helping others. She has a well rounded and diverse career history in both the public and private sector. Tonia spent over 10 years working in law enforcement before going to work for a private air ambulance company. In 1996, she developed, designed, and managed a state of the science communications department for one of the largest and busiest air ambulance companies in the western United States.

Robin Schaefer

Chief Operations Officer

An Employee Benefits Specialist and Management Consultant, Robin spent the past 27 years organizing, developing, implementing and managing policy and procedures for a local benefits firm. She has consulted with many firms in both Marin and Sonoma developing strategy and implementing creative solutions for their employee benefit programs. Robin is excited to join the Survival CPR & First Aid team to help in the continued development of effective and efficient management policy and procedures.

Loving life and spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling are just a few of the ways she enjoys her time.

Larry Thompson

Instructor

Larry began his involvement in EMS as a National Ski Patrol, patrolling at China Peak and Alpine Meadows. His last day patrolling was the 1982 Avalanche at Alpine Meadows. Larry then became an EMT, first working in an Helicopter based Emergency Department, later working with a rural private Paramedic Ambulance company, primarily utilizing Helicopters for most of their Transports. After graduating from Stanford University Medical Center’s Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic program, Larry worked as a Paramedic in Santa Clara County, helping to implement their Trauma Center System. Moving to Sonoma County, Larry worked for a few Private Ambulance companies and was a Rescue Paramedic flying with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Helicopter unit. During this time he also became a Volunteer Firefighter with Rincon Valley Fire Protection District and completed his Firefighter 1 Academy with Santa Rosa Junior College. Larry was soon hired by Marin County Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic.

Kelly Thomson

RDA, Instructor

Dental office liaison and instructor Kelly Thomson has been a Registered Dental Assistant for over thirty years in both public and private health care. She specializes in organizing office workflow, infection control and sterilization techniques. She understands the challenges of running a medical office. Born and raised in Sonoma County, Kelly enjoys working with the local community.

Eric Thomson

Chief Executive Officer

Eric Thomson is no stranger to managing risk and taking action.  He comes from a career in law enforcement and emergency medicine where he performed life-saving roles in helicopters and other unique environments.  He has cared for severely injured and gravely ill patients during his career and he routinely shares his experiences through training courses and lectures in both public and private settings.  He is adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College where he teaches a variety of subjects to entry level and veteran public safety personnel.  He also trains police officers around the bay area in CPR and tactical First Aid.

Eric is a husband, father, cyclist, pilot, scuba diver and is currently learning to grow grapes and make wine. 

Elmer Glasser

Instructor

Elmer Glasser is currently a Federal Investigator with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. He is a retired Deputy Sheriff. He has over twenty years of expertise including experience as a coroner’s office, criminal investigator, and instructor. Elmer especially enjoys, and excels at, providing training to new Field Investigators and Law Enforcement Recruits.

Elmer has taught certified advanced training across numerous topics, performed as an Advanced Officer Instructor, a Field Training Officer, a Firearms Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor and an Adult Leader and Trainer for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a frequent speaker at Community and Youth events on a wide variety of security, safety and leadership topics.

Elmer’s leadership, teaching, training and motivational skills have earned him numerous recognitions: Citizen of the Year, Life Saving Award, and Dedication to Outstanding Youth Services. He enjoys fishing, camping, and spending time with his three adult children.

Chris Lorange

Instructor

Chris Lorange is a family man, above all else. With his wife and two children (along with their Great Dane puppies and two cats), there’s never a dull moment! Between the kids’ soccer, gymnastics, taekwondo and swimming lessons, along with his own hockey and softball games, Chris has made time for his number one passion… public safety.

Chris spent 8 years with Rincon Valley Fire District as a sleeper firefighter, serving as the fourth firefighter on the engine and responding to emergency calls. In addition, he worked 4 years with Skywalker Ranch Fire as a full time firefighter/engineer responding to emergencies in Lucas Valley and surrounding Marin County areas. He has served on strike teams including the fire storms of 2012, assisting on the Rush Fire in Lassen County, CA which, at the time, was the largest fire in CA history.

While studying at UC Davis, Chris graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and minor in Communications. He also holds his Associate of Science in Fire Technology and Associate of Arts in General Education.

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