About Us

Our instructors include a former Fire Chief and current Paramedic/Firefighter, who love to prepare and inspire all students, regardless of their experience, to effectively respond to emergencies whether near or far from definitive care.

Other professional first responders are always available to assist with meeting the instructional needs of our students.


Ken Johnson

Ken’s professional teaching career reaches back 35 years. He holds a Lifetime California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, as well as one in Fire Fighting, Fire Control and Safety. He’s also a registered State Fire Training Instructor.  All of the medical courses he teaches are authorized through EMS Safety Services.

Volunteering first as a Director with Hopland Fire, Ken continued his service to Hopland as an EMT/Firefighter, where he successfully orchestrated the development and passage of Measure X, which to date, has raised approximately half of a million dollars for the District. He then worked his way though the ranks to Chief, where he retired after 15 years with the department. “Promoting vital emergency services, along with comfort and care to those in need within the Hopland Fire District has been the most rewarding part of my job.”
With a passion for white water, Ken owned and operated North Coast Kayaking, providing white water kayak instruction and trips for over 12 years.

He brings his field experience into the classroom, preparing students to effectively bring order to chaos. All of Ken’s classes garner the highest scores in student evaluations.

Ken currently, lives in Hopland with his wife of 32 years, Nancy.

Spencer Johnson
Spencer brings over 15 years of experience with Fire and EMS to his presentations. He works full time as a Firefighter 2 – Paramedic with Lakeport Fire and part time with Ukiah Ambulance and Laytonville Fire. Spencer lives in Lakeport with his wife and son. He enjoys camping, backpacking, fishing and many other outdoor activities along with the challenges of taking each student, new or well experienced, into acquiring new skills that they’ll be able to confidently employ when the need arises.