About Us

Our Approach

Partnering to build exceptional services

At APEX Safety and Compliance, we strive to deliver high quality training to a diverse customer base. As trainers and educators, our mission is to provide each student with the skills and knowledge to safely and competently do their job.  At APEX Safety and Compliance, we blend the experience gained in the response and training fields into a customer focused learning environment.

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Our Story

APEX Safety and Compliance brings years of response and training experience to bear as we partner with you in finding the best solution to your training needs. Our staff has vast experience in emergency response at the local, state, and national levels and have led state rescue and hazardous materials teams. Over the past decade APEX Safety and Compliance staff developed the training strategy and educational products for a nationally accredited training facility in Wisconsin. This experience provides us with the ability to deliver quality training products in person and online through our learning management system.

Meet the Team

As the partners behind APEX, Rick and Aaron have extensive experience in designing, delivering, and evaluating training for organizations big and small.  We are passionate about training delivery that ensures employees and emergency responders make it home safely.

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Aaron Droessler

 

Aaron has been involved in the fire & emergency response community for over 22 years, 20 of them on a municipal fire department.  He is a member of the department’s hazardous materials response team, special operations/technical rescue response team, has served on numerous department planning committees, and is a licensed Paramedic.

Aaron has been a member of the Special Operations subcommittee to the State of Wisconsin EMS Board, and is currently a Specialist with the State of Wisconsin Hazardous Materials Response System. He has been very active in the formation and stand-up of Wisconsin Urban Search & Rescue Task Force One (WI-TF1), where he holds the position of Task Force Leader and US&R Medical Specialist.

Aaron was a coordinator at a large, nationally accredited training center for 12 years, where he held the positions of Certification Coordinator and Senior Instructor. Aaron has instructed military and civilian responders in many aspects of emergency and disaster response - across the country and internationally - including technical rescue, hazmat, and emergency medical response, along with the planning and execution of large-scale exercises. Aaron was instrumental in the facility achieving nationally-recognized accreditation through The National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (The Pro Board) and was responsible for the certification program and curriculums.

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Rick James

 

Rick has been involved in the fire & rescue response community for over 27 years, 23 of them as a municipal firefighter. Rick currently holds the rank of Captain. He is a member of the department’s hazardous materials response team and special operations team. Rick has served on several city-wide process improvement teams as well as various department committees.

Rick serves as a principal member of the National Fire Protection Association's 1670 committee on technical rescue, working with a broad group of stake holders to ensure this standard keeps pace with an ever-evolving set of hazards our nations responders face. Rick currently serves as a Specialist with the State of Wisconsin Hazardous Materials Response System and has been very active in the formation and stand-up of Wisconsin’s Urban Search & Rescue Task Force One (WI-TF1), where he holds the position of Task Force Leader and Plans Officer.

Rick was the training coordinator for a large nationally accredited training facility for 12 years, where he held the positions of training coordinator and senior instructor. Rick has instructed military and civilian responders in many aspects of emergency and disaster response - across the country and internationally - including technical rescue, hazmat, and recovery operations to include the planning and execution of large-scale exercises. Rick spearheaded customer engagement and worked with enterprises large and small to define their needs and deliver quality training and exercise products around the globe.

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