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OUR PHILOSOPHY

We don't teach you, we train with you. Every lecture and hands-on-training is an opportunity for the student as well as the instructors to hone their skills and learn our craft. Students aren't just taught skills, they learn the methodology behind every topic. The learning doesn't end when the classes are over! Students get support both during and after each program to ensure that they can pass along their knowledge to others. 

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OUR SERVICES

LECTURES

1-8 Hour Lectures 

Round Table

KeynoteSpeeches

HANDS-ON-TRAINING

Firefighting and EMS Training Courses

CONSULTING

Training, Equipment, and Technology Consulting

 

CLASSES & LECTURES

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When people are trapped it isn't time for holding ankles. Learn how to be efficient and effective during searches.

THE ART OF SEARCH AND RESCUE

Learn how to prevent "The Perfect Storm" in your organization by creating a culture of change.

THE PERFECT STORM

Learn how to prevent "The Perfect Storm" in your organization by creating a culture of change.

MEDICAL RESPONSE TO THE FIREFIGHTER MAYDAY
PUMP OPERATIONS

Coming Soon

RURAL LARGE AREA SEARCH

Coming Soon

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

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David Mellen

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Valor Fire Training was created by David Mellen in 2015. David has over a two decades in the fire service serving in various capacities ranging from rural volunteer to paid fire and EMS departments.

 

David has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain and Division Chief of EMS. He attended Creighton University where he obtained his Paramedic in addition to Southeast Community College and Hutchinson Community College where he studied Fire Science.

Ben Burbridge

Ben is the co-founder of Valor Fire Training and currently works as a career Firefighter/Paramedic at the Bellevue, NE Fire Department in addition to volunteering with the Ralston, NE Volunteer Fire Department. 

Ben has served in various command positions both career and volunteer and has a passion for teaching. He dedicates time to teaching EMT classes and helping area department.

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Dylan Ritter

Dylan currently works in the construction industry and volunteers with the Sherman Township (KS) and Reno Township (KS) Fire Departments. He is also part of the Leavenworth County Special Operations Team and has been around the fire service his entire life.

 

Following in the family tradition, Dylan began instructing firefighters and has developed a strong leadership presence in the organizations he works with.

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Darren Shepherd

Darren works in the metal sales and fabrication industry and serves as the Assistant Chief of Operations with Reno Township (KS) Fire Department. He fabricates almost all of the Valor Fire Training props and is responsible for tool maintenance and upkeep. 

 

Darren is well known for being a "Working Boss" and can usually be found interior with his crews. As one of the most senior members of our team, he is often a sounding board for our students.

Fire For Effect:

The Lost Art of Realistic Training

FDIC
Indianapolis, Inidana
April 2020

Other Speaking Engagements

Medical Response
to the Firefighter Mayday
Norfolk, Virginia
Date TBD

Firefighter Survival 

Oklahoma State Fire School
Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 2020
Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake
Lake Ozark, Missouri
July 2020

Past Events

Oklahoma State Fire School
Tulsa, Oklahoma​
SCAFFA
Topeka, Kansas​
Revolutionary Fire Tactics at the Lake
Lake Ozark, Missouri​
Miami Beach Fire Department
Miami Beach, Florida​
Ralston Volunteer Fire Department
Ralston, Nebraska​
FIRExTalk PDX
Portland, Oregon​
Les Lukert Winter Fire Conference
Kearney, Nebraska​
Firehouse EXPO
Nashville, Tennessee​
Fire Department Instructor Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana​
Edmond Fire Department
Edmond, Oklahoma​
Sherman Township Fire & Rescue
Linwood, Kansas​
KCKFD
Kansas City, Kansas​
Wakarusa Township Fire Department
Lawrence, Kansas​
Southside Fire Conference
Danville, Virginia
Leavenworth City Fire Department
Leavenworth, Kansas​
Farmington Fire Department
Farmington, Missouri​

UPCOMING / PAST EVENTS

 
 

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