EMS Squared (EMS²) is a small group of professionals that have a vast amount of experience in the emergency services. Most of our instructors are also adult leaders with the Boy Scouts of America.
The Mission of EMS² is to provide current and realistic safety education and training to organizations at an affordable cost.
Our Vision: people that are not intimidated by reluctance will use their knowledge and skills to help others. Education brings understanding and participation in protecting and saving lives.
Honesty – we will present the facts, not myths.
Realism – experiential learning is best, practice is essential.
Responsibility – we will deliver the best available training at a reasonable price.
Professionalism – our instructors have over 100 combined years of professional rescuer experience.
Owner / Lead Instructor, EMS Squared
Mike is a 39-year veteran of the fire and emergency medical service. He retired after 30 years of service from the Austin (TX) Fire Department, as a Battalion Chief. He served in various capacities in his career including Training Chief, Medical Operations Captain, Special Operations Captain, and Lieutenant Instructor. He served on several committees and boards to improve the AFD and Austin in general. He volunteered his services as a paramedic and firefighter for the small community where he resides. He was also one of the initial members of Texas Task Force-1, USAR Team. Mike served as a medic for the UT Royal-Memorial Stadium EMS for over 25 years.
Mike holds numerous credentials including an AAS in Paramedic Technology, a BA in Management, Executive Fire Officer Designation, Texas Licensed Paramedic, and Wilderness EMT. He has over 30 years teaching numerous emergency topics and leadership classes with many agencies including the National Fire Academy, the Austin Fire Department, the Oak Hill Fire Department, North Hays County EMS, Austin Community College and the Texas Engineering Extension Service. He has presented at numerous conferences including the Iowa EMS Conference, Texas Public Fire Educators Conference, the Texas Fire Leadership Symposium and the Women in the Fire Service Conference.
He also enjoys educating and training youth and adults in the Boy Scouts of America program in central Texas. Mike has been recognized many times as a leader including the highest volunteer leader award, the Silver Beaver Award, and the highest award in Exploring, the Wm. Spurgeon Award. He is currently serving on the Council Enterprise Risk Management committee, Past Chancellor of the University of Scouting and numerous other training positions. He is also the Council Youth Protection Training Coordinator. Mike is Wood Badge (national leadership training) trained and has served on the staff of 7 Wood Badge courses and was the Course Director for the Spring 2016 Wood Badge course.
Laura Stephenson – Instructor
Laura is a retired professional Firefighter/EMT with over 30 years experience in the healthcare field. Laura has served her community as a Firefighter on one of the busiest engine companies in a busy city, as a Fire and Life Safety Educator and Fire Dispatcher.
She has been recognized numerous times for her work in Fire and Life Safety education including awards from the City of Austin, the State Fireman’s and Fire Marshals Association and the National Fire Protection Association. She developed and implemented the first Fire Safety House for the Central Texas area and initiated many public/private partnerships to further safety education throughout the state. She coordinated and hosted the Texas Public Fire Educators Conference for several years in Austin and the DFW Metroplex.
Laura has many years experience as a Scout Leader including Tiger Den Leader, Cub Leader, Troop Committee member and Troop Advancement Coordinator. She has attended Wood Badge and numerous other training courses including the Philmont Training Center.
Aaron Stephenson – Instructor
Aaron grew up in a firefighting household and continues to pursue a career in the emergency services. He is an Eagle Scout. Aaron completed the Oak Hill Fire Academy and EMS Academy as well as Paramedic training at the Texas Engineering Extension Service EMS Academy. He has been an assistant instructor for several years.