Bringing knowledge, skills, techniques and a “No one way to achieve a rescue” attitude to our style of teaching; for us, keeping every student intrigued, engaged and personally involved is a personal goal. Our instructors are all active, or have experience in, the field of their instruction. Many of them are current or prior military, fire, police, EMT/Paramedic, SWAT, or volunteer rescue team members, as are the great majority of our students.
We began as Rescue Training Inc. in 1996 based in New Braunfels, Texas, USA. Because we travel to other states and countries to teach, as well as having students come from all over the world to train here with us, we acquired a DBA as Rescue Training International in 2004.
Wes Meyer, the founder and 25 year owner of RTI, began as a fire fighter in LaMarque, TX, then moved to New Braunfels where he eventually retired as a Battalion Chief with the NBFD. He also initiated began the FD’s water rescue, boat rescue, vertical rescue, and a few other specialized rescue teams. He began his teaching career through Rescue 3 International, became one of their few ever existing Master Instructors, and was instrumental in creating many of their, at that time, training programs and curriculum. During his career, he also taught for a while as an instructor with TEEX. Using his varied experiences under different business practices and course curriculums, he eventually determined that he wanted to create a business with a different focus and approach for varying fields of rescue. With safety and effective rescue techniques balancing, focus on students and quality of training over higher profits, understanding that training budgets often mean getting only a few members of a department trained which results in sacrificing both safety and success for teams and patients, and with a focus on evolving the rescue field constantly so that at all times the best options are available as tools in the toolbox.
Because a great percentage of our client base are in the Fire field, we primarily work to meet NFPA within all of our courses as a core curriculum standard. We are able to customize our courses to fit the needs of the agencies or individuals who come to us both in skills taught and in the standards that need to be met. All of our courses meet our exceed NFPA to the level of that training. Please ask if you would like further clarification. NFPA, FEMA, OSHA, and many of the other acronym groups that create guidelines or rules in their prospective industries can be tricky business.
Ask us about grant opportunities that may be available to you for reimbursement of all our courses.
RTI is always improving upon our existing courses; making sure we are up to date with current standards within the rescue community, that our methods and skills taught balance the greatest safety and effectiveness, that our instructors and curriculum are interesting and easy to understand.
As well, we are constantly working to add new courses or customizations to our course cadre and training techniques and knowledge for our instructor cadre. We do extensive research, training, and testing during the building or customizing of our courses. We also GREATLY value feedback from our instructors and clients. We hope to improve and offer the highest quality the we are capable of and much of that requires constant knowledge of what areas to improve and what our clients truly need.
For example, in 2020 we introduced our new ATV/UTV/SxS SafeRide eCourse and Driver programs for adults, and are currently working on those courses for Juniors and Children. We’ve begun customizing part of our ATV Rescue program for equine addition. We’ve also already customized our Basic Water Safety course for Physical Therapists, LifeGuards, and we are now building a Basic Water Rescue option for use in Aquariums and Zoos. And that’s all within just the past year!
As of the end of 2021 we have taught over 160,000 personnel from around the world.
“Instructors can only provide the training. It is up to the student to master the skill.” – Wesley Meyer
Let us know whatever we can do to help your team or individuals master these skills. Ask us for information about individual training, customized training days, our Audit program, and our Recertification program. We want to give everyone the best chance to save a life and be safe, and to have the opportunity and resources to gain confidence, improve skills, and learn more.