About Us

STK is a Veteran Owned Small Business

We are focused on personal service to our clients

We take pride in being small vs a large corporate entity  

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Scott Russell
Lieutenant Colonel Ret.

Founder  & Instructor
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     Scott Russell is a 27-year Veteran of the Baltimore County Fire Department where he began his career as a Paramedic assigned to the Hazmat Team. He is now a Captain of the Hazardous Materials Response Team.

     He also retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Delaware Air National Guards 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.  He spent 27 years performing Aeromedical Evacuation of wounded.  He deployed nine times in support of four different overseas contingencies.  He also performed Disaster/Emergency planning with the Air National Guard specializing in Hurricane evacuation/disaster response.

      His education consists of an AA Emergency Medical Services, BS in Nursing, and a MS in Disaster/Emergency Management.

      His love is First Responder training and instilling the basics through his Safety Through Knowledge™ concepts; his company creates training focused on the responder with the principles of STK™ and the KISS (keep it simple stupid) concept.  He is passionate about First Responder training, getting off the computers and training hands on in person. His goal is to promote Survival and Safety on incidents and to prevent Cancer in first responders.

    He also founded the non-profit organization Society of One America’s Defenders which is dedicated to building houses for combat wounded Veterans.

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Dan Warchol
Instructor and 
Meter Specialist
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Dan is a 26-year emergency services veteran with experience in EMS, 911/ Emergency Dispatch Operations, Emergency Management, Fire and Hazardous Materials responses. Dan has been with Baltimore County Fire department  for the past 10 years and currently holds the rank of Fire Lieutenant assigned to the primary Hazmat Unit. He is the Meter Repair Group Supervisor in addition to his regular duties. His past experience comes from Union County NJ Hazmat Unit where he was a Captain responsible for daily responses and administrative duties including the UASI Hazmat Group Supervisor, overseeing the funding for the hazmat units in the region & the designing of 3 regional mass decontamination vehicles. He was also the Secure The Cities Marine Unit Coordinator. 

     Dan currently serves as a Hazmat Instructor for the NJ State Police hazmat tech course thru Rutgers University and is a contract meter instructor for Environics USA.  Dan has also worked as an EMT or paramedic for over 25 years and currently works in York County PA as a paramedic. 

     In his spare time he coach’s his 2 girls, Alyssa and Daniella’s rec soccer teams and enjoys camping with his wife Charlene and family. 

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Heather Russell
Lieutenant Colonel Ret.

VP & Medical Consultant
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Heather Russell is an Experienced Director Of Nursing with a demonstrated history of achieving results and working in the hospital & health care industry for over 30 years.

     She retired from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a Lieutenant Colonel after 23 years of service. She served as a Flight Nurse and the units Chief Nurse Executive as well as deploying overseas two times serving in Iraq, and Bosnia. Heather further served as the Air National Guards Chief Nurse's aide for 3 years at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. consulting on force structure for Homeland Operations and legislative bills on Capitol Hill.

     Skilled in Nursing She is a certified educator/instructor in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Patient Safety, Critical Care and Acute Care.

    She is a strong operations professional with a MSN focused in Leadership and Health Care Administration from Drexel University as well as a BSN form Immaculata University.

     She is also a consultant for healthcare issues, sought out by many health care institutions for her leadership expertise and operational solutions. She also performs legal consultation for law firms. She has a magnetic personality which is critical to her Operational Leadership, coaching and mentoring success.

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Ben Bosley
Instructor and Meter 
Specialist
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     Ben is currently a 25-year firefighter in the Baltimore County Fire Department where he has spent 20 of those as a Hazmat Technician with the Hazardous Materials Response Team.  He is a meter training expert and a master instructor.

     His teaching techniques make learning meters fun and relevant to where the rubber meets the road which prepares the student for the call  “when meters matter”.  He has a passion for teaching fundamentals of basic chemistry and hazardous materials response. He has the gift of taking complex ideas/concepts and boiling them down to what the first responder needs to know on an incident.

     He takes great pride in training the next generation of First Responders as well as volunteering much of his time to the Boy Scouts of America. He is an avid Civil War reenactor and supports The Society of One Americas Defenders in their building of houses for combat wounded Veterans.