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"Saving Lives Through Education"


Essential Safety Training and Consulting (ESTC) was founded in 2000 to provide "essential" training to persons and companies who desire quality affordable training.

Our founder and primary instructor, Kent Courtney, has been a Paramedic for over twenty-five years and started in the Fire/EMS Service as a volunteer in 1984. He teaches for several organizations including Northern Arizona Healthcare. A few of the classes he has taught or continues to teach are: CPR, First Aid, First Responder, EMT-B, EMT-I, Paramedic, ITLS, PHTLS, ACLS, PALS, OSHA, Emergency Driving, Vehicle Extrication, Rope Rescue, Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Emergencies, Wilderness Survival, Fire Fighter I & II, and more.

As a private pilot, he has gained experience in navigation and emergency procedures. He is also a published author and a "contributor" and "reviewer" for EMS texts and a member of both the Wilderness Medical Society and the Wilderness Education Association. He continues to work full-time for a busy company doing Industrial Medicine, Fire Fighting, and Rescue.

Prior to entering the Fire/EMS/Educator business Kent was a Logger for seventeen years. He logged all over northern Arizona and some of Western New Mexico. During this time and since, he also worked all over Arizona and in Montana and Wyoming as a Wild Land Fire Fighter. His father retired from the Forest Service in 1965 and Kent grew up in the woods. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, hiker, explorer, geocacher, and camper. There are few places in Arizona that Kent has not explored. He has been stranded in the wilderness, lost and injured and learned how to survive while treating the injuries encountered in a remote rugged environment.

During his years as a Logger, he treated many injuries that would challenge any Medical Professional. He was nearly killed when a sixty-five foot tall Pine Tree fell on him seriously injuring him. The lessons learned from this experience and other life lessons are included in our curriculum.

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Lawrence Barela is an experienced paramedic and educator. He has a laid-back approach that makes learning easy and pleasant. Lawrence has spent a lot of time camping and exploring all over Arizona and Colorado and has experience in Wilderness Emergencies and Wilderness Survival.


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Lynn Barela works as an Emergency Room Technician and Paramedic at Flagstaff Medical Center. She has experience with both traumatic emergencies and medical emergencies. Lynn has experience in both Wilderness Survival and Wilderness Emergencies and has been an educator for many years helping those who want to learn to gain the knowledge and experience they desire.

Our Programs


We offer exciting, enthusiastic and realistic training. Our approach to training is simple and straightforward. We believe that people who desire to learn should be accommodated. We believe that training should be specific to the students location, level of experience, and the knowlege they desire to obtain. We use a hands on approach and teach "real skills" that the student needs to perfect in order to provide quality health care, rescue or for survival. Our instructors have real life experience with the subjects being taught. We believe we can save lives through education. By teaching you the basics that must be taken care of for every patient, showing you what NOT to do, and instilling confidence to enable you to intercede effectively on another persons' behalf, we join with you as a team member saving lives and reducing suffering.


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