Our Instructors

James McClelland

President and Owner

James McClelland
James McClelland is a fifteen year veteran of the fire service. James currently serves with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department as fire captain. He is currently assigned to Tower Ladder Company 39 in Bowie. James has been assigned to many units including some of the busiest Rescue Companies within Prince George’s County and has also served with the department’s Special Operations Command and Technical Rescue Team. In addition to his field experience, he was lead instructor at the Fire/EMS Training Academy for eight probationary firefighter schools. James is an IFSAC Fire Service Instructor III and is certified as an Emergency Services Instructor by the Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board (MICRB). For the past twelve years, he has been teaching part-time for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. James has numerous commendations and awards, including one of the department’s highest awards, the bronze medal of valor.

    Mike Wells

    Vice President of Operations

     

    Mike Wells

     

    Mike has is a 10 year veteran of the fire service with the last 6 years in Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Mike has been assigned to both engine and tower ladder companies at Company 21 in Oxon Hill.

    Mike is a nationally certified Instructor III as well as an adjunct instructor with both the Prince George’s County, Maryland and Loudoun County, VA Virginia fire academies. Mike enjoys teaching the fundamentals as well as passing on traditions of the fire service.

     

      Doug Sudik

      Vice President of Sales

      Doug Sudik

       

      Doug Sudik is a 32 year veteran of the fire service. Doug has been serving with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department for the past 25 years and is currently a fire lieutenant. He is assigned to the busiest truck company in the department, Ladder Company 26, in District Heights. Doug has also served as a volunteer at the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department for 9 years. He held the ranks ranging from firefighter all the way up to the deputy chief of the department. Prior to working for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, Doug worked for the federal fire department in Dalhgren, VA.

      Doug has a number of years as an adjunct instructor for recruit school training for Prince George’s County.

      Doug has numerous commendations and awards including gold medal of valor and firefighter of the year.

        Brandon Frieder

        General Manager

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        Brandon is a fourteen year veteran of the fire service. Brandon began his career in Colonia, New Jersey until he moved to Maryland in an effort to further his education after high school. While in Maryland, Brandon joined the College Park Volunteer Fire Department. Brandon has served in ranks ranging from Probationary Firefighter to Assistant Chief. In 2003, Brandon was hired by the Loudoun County Fire Rescue Department in Northern Virginia where he is currently working as a Lieutenant. Brandon has served primarily in the eastern portion of Loudoun County, operating on engine, truck, and rescue companies. Brandon is a Proboard certified Instructor III as well as a State Adjunct Instructor with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs and General Manager with Fireground Tactics & Solutions. Brandon has been awarded a number of citations at both the company and the individual level. Most notably, Brandon was awarded with a Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award in 2007 for actions taken on an apartment fire with people trapped. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Management and a master’s degree in Homeland Security Studies as well as numerous class offered by the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, and the National Fire Academy.

          Justin Bassford

          Master Instructor

          Justin Bassford


          Justin Bassford or ‘JB’ as most call him, is a 7 year member of the District of Columbia Fire Department and is currently assigned to Tower Ladder 3. He began his fire service career in 2000 with the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, where he continues to volunteer his time. JB is also an instructor for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. JB has also assisted with the teaching of several District of Columbia Fire Academy classes as an adjunct instructor.

            Matthew Leonard

            Master Instructor


            Matthew Leonard


            Matthew Leonard is 9-year veteran of the fire service starting out with the New Hackensack Fire Dept. in Wappingers Falls, NY in 2003. In 2005 Matt moved to Prince George’s County, MD for college and began volunteering at the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Since that time he has held various ranks and is currently serving as the Deputy Fire Chief of the department.

            Matt works for the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department as a firefighter with Engine Co. 14 where he as been since 2010.

            Matt has an Associates Degree in Fire and Emergency Services Management from Montgomery College, A Bachelors of Science in Fire Science from the University of Maryland University College and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University’s Public Safety Leadership Division. He is a nationally certified FFII, Fire Officer III, and Instructor III.

            Matt is also a Field Instructor with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute where he teaches firefighting and management.

              Robert Callahan

              Master Instructor

              Robert Callahan

              Started in the fire service in 1980 in the Suburbs of Philadelphia (Delaware Co.).

              Hired in Washington DC in 1985 and served as a Firefighter, Technican, Sergeant,Lieutenant, Captain, and Currenrtly a Battalion Fire Chief in the Operations division. I served as a company officer on Engine, Truck, Rescue companies as well as the Hazmat Unit.

              Was involved as a instructor in the initial stages of the departments Rapid intervention training. Served as a lead instructor in the departments techincal rope rescue course. Instructed portions of the departments officer training program.

              He is a nationally certified as a F/F III, Fire Officer III, Instructor III, Incident Safety Officer, and NREMT.

                Kelly M. Byrne

                Kelly M. Byrne

                As the founder of Rescue 2 Training, Kelly brings to the table an intense desire to help people learn firefighting and technical rescue skills. His experience includes over 18 years of firefighting and technical rescue skills in a wide array of environments including rural response to target hazards such as the Appalachian Trail and Potomac River, to several years as an active volunteer in a bedroom community, and also as a career firefighter in the very urban environment of Washington DC, where he was appointed to Truck 4 and is currently assigned to Rescue 2.

                He has taught at the National Fire Academy of Colombia South America, as well as having taught members of Merseyside Fire and Rescue in Liverpool, England. Additionally, he has developed and taught several classes for the Washington D.C. Fire Department Special Operations Division.

                  Lee Havens

                  Simulator Instructor

                  Lee Havens is a 33 year veteran of the fire service, serving in both volunteer and career departments in the D.C. metro area. He started his in the fire service as a member of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department where he has served 18 of his 33 years as a chief officer, and 9 years as the chief of the department. Lee has worked for the District of Columbia Fire Department for the past 25 years. Sixteen of those years were spent in special operations at Rescue Squad 3 in southeast D.C. where he has served as a technician for 11 years. He is currently serving at a Lieutenant at the D.C. fire training academy.

                  He was awarded the Prince George’s County Fire Department Gold Medal of Valor (Firefighter of the Year) in 1982. His District of Columbia Fire Department commendations include the Silver Medal of Valor and two Bronze Bars.

                  Lee is a Fire Officer IV and an Instructor Level III with Pro-Board certification.

                    John Keller

                    Master Instructor

                      Chris Abbott

                      Master Instructor

                      Chris Abbott
                      Chris Abbott has been involved in the fire service for the last 12 years, and is presently in his 5th year working for the Prince George’s County Fire Department. He currently holds the rank of Technician, and is assigned to the Fire Training Academy. His previous assignments included some of the busiest firehouses in the county, including the Silver Hill (Sta. 29) and District Heights (Sta. 26) stations. In addition to a large variety of training certifications, Chris also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in Sociology with specific concentrations in Emergency Management and Leadership.