My name is Joe and I am the Director/Trainer of Arizona Safety Plus, LLC.
I am originally from Texas and in 1974 I voluntarily enlisted in the the United States Marine Corps.
While in the Marine Corp I worked primarily in communications and instructing. I had the opportunity to become a Structural Firefighter, I jumped at the opportunity. After working with the civilian firefighters at 29 Palms, Ca. I was offered a position as a civilian firefighter, of which I accepted. I was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal (E4).
After being discharged I worked for the Federal Civil Service as a Structural Firefighter/EMT and continued my role as an Instructor/Trainer for the American Heart Association. I also worked with the local Boy Scout troop and their Eagle Scout program training young people in structural firefighting techniques.
I had an opportunity to return back home to Houston Texas and learn the Ironworker trade. I successfully completed the Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship program and spent 18 years as a union Ironworker. My travels brought me to Arizona in 1986.
I have worked on every size and type of project you can imagine, including the Diamondbacks Stadium. In 1999 While working on a multi-story project I was injured on the job and it was recommended to me that I find another trade or skill to work in.
In 2000 I was given the opportunity to work at a mine. I had worked at underground and surface mines before as an Ironworker, so I grabbed the opportunity. Because of my extensive training skills and knowledge of Safety and computers I was offered a position at the mines as the Environmental Safety and Health manager. I currently work full time in that position.
While serving in the EHS position I was continually being approached by vendors with requests for training. So I decided to start a small side business in safety training. Which has lead us to today.
I am pursuing my AAS degree in Occupational Safety & Health at Gateway Community College.
I am a Certified BLS Instructor-Trainer for the Medic First Aid International and American Safety and Health Institute.
I am also and Outreach Trainer for both the OSHA General Industry and Construction 10 and 30 Hour Classes.
I am an authorized Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) Instructor for Part 48 Surface and Part 46 training certification.
I love music and play guitar and sing a little. I also love to golf.
Every class I have given has been a learning opportunity for me. I love to teach and I am able to learn at the same time, what a fantastic opportunity.
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