Our Team


Bret Stohr is a 35+ year Department of Defense fire service veteran. He has over 30 years experience developing and instructing Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Structural & Aircraft Fire Suppression & Rescue, EMS, and Incident Safety Officer courses. He retired as an Operations Assistant Chief;  and was honored as a Department of Defense Firefighter, US Air Force Fire Officer, and Chief Fire Officer of The Year.

Bret co-founded the South Puget Sound Regional Hazmat Teams Program, was Vice Chair of the Pierce County Local Emergency Planning Committee, worked on the Department of Homeland Security Target Capabilities Program and the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat Fusion Center Program, and was honored with a “Life Membership” for his efforts in the state by the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs Hazmat and Spec. Ops. Division. He has over twenty years of experience teaching for InSource and serves as the InSource Operations Vice President

Craig Dyer

Craig has over 30 years of fire service experience, with 24 years with the Seattle Fire Dept. An instructor for Emergency Response Training Institute. He has ten years of experience with Seattle’s Haz-Mat team as a recruit school instructor, a driver training instructor, and a member of Project Response. This group helps the HazMat industry plan for and respond to hazmat hazards. He served as a HazMat Specialist with the FEMA US&R WATF-1 team, responding to national disasters. He has also worked as an industrial HazMat clean-up specialist and consultant. In addition, he is a committee member of the Northwest Burn Foundation, a Camp Counselor, and an IAFF National Burn Camp Counselor.

Mark Emery

Mark has over 35 years of fire service experience. He retired from the Woodenvile Fire Dept as a chief officer. He served as a fire commissioner and a Fire Chief of Yakima Co FD #9. As training officer he was a founding member of the Training Guys and InSource Inc. He was instrumental in developing the ITAC strategy & tactics training program and the “Passport Accountability” program. He has provided fire service training throughout North, Central, and South America and was awarded FDIC Instructor of the year. He has served on numerous fire service committees, is a presenter at all major fire service conferences, is an author of multiple fire service magazine articles, and is the Author of the book honorable leadership.

Tom O'Connor

Tom is a 31-year fire service veteran currently serving as Division Chief of Special Operations for an urban fire department in Washington State covering a major port, where he manages maritime response including the fire boat program and shipboard firefighting corps. He also serves in leadership roles in the regional shipboard firefighting consortium, developing training and teaching maritime incident command, and chairs the regional river safety task force for fire, rescue, and law enforcement response vessel programs. Prior to his time in the fire service, Tom served on active duty in the United States Coast Guard where he was part of a shipboard firefighting team on a large cutter based in Seattle, then a 44’ motor lifeboat coxswain on the Oregon Coast.

Prior to his current position, Tom spent 26 years in the Oregon fire service where he served in multiple command positions including Battalion Chief, Training Chief, EMS Chief, Operations Chief, and Fire Chief. He has developed content and instructed for regional apparatus operator classes, company officer academies, chief officer academies, and served as a guest advanced cardiac instructor at several fire departments and college paramedic programs. Tom holds an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from University of Washington, is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and a certified Blue Card Incident Commander. He has also earned certificates in Maritime Fire Safety from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy and in Business Analytics from the Wharton School.


Stewart Rose is a 32-year veteran of career and volunteer fire service organizations, with 29 years of experience in the Seattle Fire Department. He retired as a Deputy Chief, and his most recent assignment was Director of Training and Safety. His operations experiences include EMS and suppression positions, on-duty shift commander, battalion commander, and first-line supervisor of engines, trucks, and fireboats. He was the lead developer for the “Passport Accountability System and the ITAC tabletop strategy and tactics training. He owns InSource and has provided training worldwide with over 25 years of experience as a trainer and public speaker, including national training conferences. He has served on numerous national fire service committees.


A 32+ year Washington State Patrol Officer. He retired as a Lieutenant and Assistant District Commander. While serving with the WSP, he volunteered for Spokane County FD 9 and Federal Way Fire Department as a fire investigator and Fire Captain. After serving in the WSP, he served as the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Emergency Manager until 2001. During his public safety career, he served in a FEMA Incident Management Work Group responding to local and major national emergencies, supervising as many as 10,000 federal employees and 40 USAR teams. He is an experienced ICS, Emergency Management, and Hazmat instructor at all levels. He has served for 18 years as a  coach for football and basketball, all grade levels. He manages and is responsible for the EOC training for InSource Inc.

Brian Pille

Brian Pille is a 35+ year Department of Defense Fire Officer III with a Fire Science degree. He retired as the Training Captain for Navy Region NW, where he was honored as Firefighter of The Year—serving for over ten years as a regional Hazardous Materials team member and instructor in Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Structural & Aircraft Fire Suppression & and Incident Safety Officer courses. Providing hazardous materials training at Bates Technical College and InSource Inc. In addition to being an instructor, he owns and manages two small businesses.

Jeff Pugh

Lt. Jeff Pugh has been involved in auto and heavy extrication for over 30 years as a professional firefighter/instructor with 22 years as a company officer for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. He has competed in and helped organize extrication challenges Regionally, Nationally and Worldwide since 2000 in auto & heavy extrication. He has sat as Chairperson as well as an active member/instructor of his county’s Special Operations Team. He also held the position of Rescue Manager for FEMA WA-TF-1 for 19 years – with training in several rescue disciplines such as; SCT I & II, Rope, Trench, Water, Confined Space Rescue as well as Technical Heavy Extrication. Jeff is one of the founders and currently sits as the President of the Puyallup Extrication Team (aka PXT) that has been in existence since 2000. He has been part of instructing departments throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, El Salvador, and parts of Europe. He has competed in all levels of extrication challenges Regionally, Nationally as well as World Challenges. Jeff has written related training articles for the 5th Alarm and Fire Engineering. Jeff instructed Command & Control of a Motor Vehicle Accident and Hand Tools Only many years at Fire Department Instructors Conference (aka FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana the largest conference in the Fire Industry. Jeff is also the project lead for his department for a Senior High School DUI Emphasis program known as Arrive Alive where PXT is also involved.


A Marine Corps veteran and a 18-year fire service veteran serving as a Captain with the West Pierce Fire & Rescue, and is a Hazmat Manager for FEMA US&R WATF-1. He holds a Master’s degree for Fire & Emergency Management Planning with Oklahoma State University. He has been a Hazmat instructor for Bates Tech, InSource Inc, and numerous regional fire departments for over ten years. He participates in the Washington State Hazmat Committee, along with many other regional hazmat committees and is actively involved in Multiple non-profit and charitable organizations throughout Pierce County.


Katherine Ridenhour has 30 years of fire service experience, retiring from the Aurora (CO) Fire Department as a Battalion Chief and later volunteering for her local fire department in SW Colorado. She is dedicated to ensuring safe, intelligent emergency operations, fair workplace treatment for all members, and excellent service delivery. Her experience includes Training Officer, Paramedic, Deputy Plans Officer (FEMA USAR Colorado Task Force One), assessment center creator, and past President of Women in the Fire Service. She sits on the IAFC Bullying Prevention Task Force. She delivers one of our most popular courses, Conflict Resolution for the Fire Service. Katherine is known for her engaging and creative classes, which teach real-life tools that guarantee students take home innovative and practical information they can use immediately. She has presented throughout the country as a highly experienced trainer and public speaker, from metro to volunteer departments and many national conferences. She is one of the highest-rated InSource presenters.


Michael B. Boehlke: experience includes over 29 years of fire service experience as a Firefighter/EMT-I, aircraft firefighter, and firefighter. He has 20 years of experience as a Hazardous Material Technician and Hazardous Material Officer.

He holds an Associate degree in Business Administration, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Sciences, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree. Mr. Boehlke recently retired as a Battalion Chief after more than 22 years in the Gwinnett County Fire Department and 17 years with the City of Jefferson Fire Department as a Captain. He served as a Chief training officer and HazMat response instructor at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness. He has significant response experience involving hazardous materials, including clandestine labs, train derailments, pipeline incidents, highway incidents, industrial accidents, and hurricane/tornado responses.

Thomas Thompson

Thomas Thompson is a 35+ year Department of Defense fire service veteran. He served in all ranks and positions and retired as the Fire Chief for Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Base, earning his CFO designation. He has over 20 years of experience developing and instructing Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Structural & Aircraft Fire Suppression & Rescue, ICS, strategic planning, and accreditation. His awards include best Air Force Fire Officer of the year, Civilian employee of the year, AMC Fire Officer of the year, and Air Mobility Command Fire Officer of the year. While serving as chief, the DOD awarded the members of multiple departments’ mid and large DOD Fire Department of the year numerous times. He served as the chairman of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Adam Rosenlund

BC Adam Rosenlund is an accomplished speaker, bringing over 30 years of teaching experience from in and out of the fire service to his classes.  Adam is also an accomplished Toastmaster and has won several speech competitions.  Adam’s dynamic style will be sure to engage and inspire future fire service instructors.  He has a passion for passing on the craft of “passing on the craft”.