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Staff & Facility

Elevated Safety’s staff of professional trainers, technicians, and rescue professionals have logged countless hours of training and experience working both at height and with municipal and private industrial clients.

Our employees have extensive work experience training in both emergency services and construction / industrial setting, in addition to working at height.

Ross Chapman

Ross Chapman

/// CO-MANAGING DIRECTOR

Ross is a SPRAT Level 3 rope access supervisor and serves as Lieutenant with the Arlington Heights Fire Department. Ross is a Squad Leader with  Illinois Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 and a member of the MABAS Division 1 technical rescue team and training committee.  Ross  has been working in the rope and specialty rescue arena for the past 10 years. Ross has a tremendous amount of experience working with industrial confined space compliance and rescue, and directs all confined space operations at Elevated Safety.

Ross is a certified Urban Search and Rescue Specialist through the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).  Ross enjoys spending time with his family, Crossfit and competing in Ironman triathlons and other endurance events.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Fire Service Management Southern Illinois University

M.S. in Emergency Services Management, Columbia Southern University

SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Urban Search and Rescue Specialist (TEEX #2017-10)

Structural Collapse Technician (FEMA) (NFPA 1670)

Trench Rescue Technician (NFPA 1670)

Hazardous Materials Technician (NFPA 1670)

Swiftwater Technician (Dive Rescue International)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

Licensed Paramedic (Illinois)

CPR Instructor (American Heart Assoc.)

Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Lead Instructor – Gateway Technical College

FDIC H.O.T. Instructor-Tower Rescue Operations

Instructor – Northeastern Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA)

Instructor – Northwest Community EMS System

Career Firefighter/Paramedic in NW Suburbs of Chicago, IL

NATE PAULSBERG

NATE PAULSBERG

/// CO-MANAGING DIRECTOR

Nate is a Co-Managing Director of Elevated Safety, a SPRAT certified Level 3 supervisor, and directs training and rope access arms of Elevated Safety.  Nate is also a Lieutenant with the Palatine Fire Department, a member of the department Technical Rescue Team (TRT), head of the MABAS Division 1 TRT Training Committee, a Rescue Team Manager for IL Task Force 1 overseeing all rope operations for the Task Force.

Nate began instructing for Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy (NIPSTA)’s technical rescue programs and has been lead instructor at FDIC for Tower Rescue HOT Class since 2017.

When not working with rope systems, Nate is usually found out coaching one of his three kid’s sports or training for and competing in Ironman Triathlons or other endurance events.

Nate served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy from 1999 to 2003 in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bachelor of Science (BS): Business Administration from University of Iowa

Associates in Applied Science (AAS): Fire Science Technology from College of DuPage

Certificate: Emergency Management from College of Lake County

 

SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Arborist Rescue Specialist

Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA 1670/1006)

Swiftwater Technician (Dive Rescue International)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Officer (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Instructor (Illinois)

Licensed EMT-Basic (Illinois)

Lieutenant – United States Navy

Lead Instructor – Northeastern Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA)

Lead Instructor – Gateway Technical College

Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Head of Training Committee – MABAS Division 1 Technical Rescue Team

Head of Rope Operations – Illinois Task Force 1 USAR Team

Rescue Squad Officer – Illinois Task Force 1 USAR Team

Career Fire Officer/EMT-Basic in NW Suburbs of Chicago, IL

Lead Instructor- FDIC Tower Rescue HOT Class 2017, 2018, 2019

Lead Instructor- Rigging Lab Academy Tower Recue Online Course

TOM WOOD

 COLOARDO REPRESENTATIVE / HARKEN INDUSTRIAL PROJECT MANAGER
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Tom Wood is the Industrial Project Manager for Harken Industrial. A 20 year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado, he also serves as a Terrestrial Rescue Delegate to the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) on behalf of the Mountain Rescue Association and is certified to American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 2. Medically certified as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), he is a Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level 3, a SPRAT Board member and a SPRAT Evaluator. A National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) Practical Examiner, Tom is also a freelance writer, published author and photographer. He has a degree in Photojournalism from Kent State University and is a former Combat Photographer for the USMCR. He lives with his wife Maren and their three children in Morrison, Colorado.

Tom Served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1985 to 1991.

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Bachelor of Science (BS): Photojournalism from Kent State University

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Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor | SPRAT

Certified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) | National Registry (NREMTs)

Level 2 | American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

Practical Examiner | National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA)

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Board Member | SPRAT

Terrestrial Rescue Delegate | International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR)

H.O.T. Instructor | F.D.I.C. – Tower Rescue Operations

Combat Photographer | US Marine Corps Reserve

DALE ABBINANTI

 ROPE ACCESS SUPERVISOR AND LEAD TRAINER
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Dale is a Level III SPRAT Rope Access Technician and lead instructor for Elevated Safety, serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the suburbs outside of Chicago, Illinois, is an active member with the MABAS Division 4 Technical Rescue Team and Illinois Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue Team. Dale is a member of Elevated Safety’s Difficult Access & Rescue Team and works throughout the country working as a Level III providing rigging/rescue services. Dale has a passion for all Fire Department special operations and other rescue operations and devotes time in many behind the scenes trade development and training activities. When not working on ropes, Dale can be found SCUBA diving and paddle boarding around Chicago’s Lakefront.

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SPRAT Level III Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations and Technician (NFPA)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA)

Arborist Rescue Specialist

Elevator Rescue Operations & Technician

Heavy Equipment Rigging Specialist

Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA)

Swiftwater Technician (ERDI)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Officer (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Instructor (Illinois)

Licensed EMT-Paramedic (Illinois)

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Firefighter/Paramedic

Lead Instructor – Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy

Instructor & Rescue Specialist – START Group, LLC

Rope Rescue Team Coordinator – MABAS Division 4 Technical Rescue Team

Rescue Specialist – Illinois Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team

KELLY BYRNE

EAST COAST REPRESENTATIVE
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Kelly is a SPRAT level 3 rope access supervisor, and serves as a firefighter/paramedic for DC Fire/Rescue.

Kelly served as a member of the airborne infantry in the US Army from 1996 to 1999.

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SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

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Airborne Infantryman – United States Army

Instructor – CMC Rescue School

Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Career Firefighter with Washington DC Fire Department

SEAN COGAN

HARKEN INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS DEVELPMENT MANAGER / ROPE ACCESS SUPERVISOR
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Sean is a highly experienced Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor that is our lead rigging supervisor for work on spans and elevated structures. Sean has traveled across North and Central America with Elevated Safety working with inspection teams on various unique structures.

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Bachelor of Science (BS)

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SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

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Bridge Lead – Elevated Safety

JIM STEMPIEN

GEAR SALES DIRECTOR
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Jim is a SPRAT Level 1 rope access technician, serves as a firefighter/paramedic in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, member of regional technical rescue team, and is a rescue specialist with the IL Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Jim has also worked for several years on industrial standby rescue teams, and as a trainer for public safety and industrial rescue professionals. Jim’s years of experience working with a wide variety of industries with differing techniques, budgets, and equipment makes him a great resource when purchasing equipment needed for your area of work.   At Elevated Safety we support the products we believe in, and we want our partners to work with an end user of those same products.

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Bachelor of Science (BS)

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SPRAT Level 1 Technician

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA 1670/1006)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

Licensed Paramedic (Illinois)

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Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Instructor – Northeastern Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA)

MATT MULVEY

GEAR SALES ASSOCIATE
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TOM WOOD

///  COLOARDO REPRESENTATIVE / HARKEN INDUSTRIAL PROJECT MANAGER

Tom Wood is the Industrial Project Manager for Harken Industrial. A 20 year veteran of the Alpine Rescue Team in Evergreen, Colorado, he also serves as a Terrestrial Rescue Delegate to the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) on behalf of the Mountain Rescue Association and is certified to American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 2. Medically certified as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), he is a Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level 3, a SPRAT Board member and a SPRAT Evaluator. A National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) Practical Examiner, Tom is also a freelance writer, published author and photographer. He has a degree in Photojournalism from Kent State University and is a former Combat Photographer for the USMCR. He lives with his wife Maren and their three children in Morrison, Colorado.

Tom Served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1985 to 1991.

Bachelor of Science (BS): Photojournalism from Kent State University

Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor | SPRAT

Certified Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) | National Registry (NREMTs)

Level 2 | American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

Practical Examiner | National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA)

Board Member | SPRAT

Terrestrial Rescue Delegate | International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR)

H.O.T. Instructor | F.D.I.C. – Tower Rescue Operations

Combat Photographer | US Marine Corps Reserve

DALE ABBINANTI

///  ROPE ACCESS SUPERVISOR AND LEAD TRAINER

Dale is a Level III SPRAT Rope Access Technician and lead instructor for Elevated Safety, serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the suburbs outside of Chicago, Illinois, is an active member with the MABAS Division 4 Technical Rescue Team and Illinois Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue Team. Dale is a member of Elevated Safety’s Difficult Access & Rescue Team and works throughout the country working as a Level III providing rigging/rescue services. Dale has a passion for all Fire Department special operations and other rescue operations and devotes time in many behind the scenes trade development and training activities. When not working on ropes, Dale can be found SCUBA diving and paddle boarding around Chicago’s Lakefront.

SPRAT Level III Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations and Technician (NFPA)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA)

Arborist Rescue Specialist

Elevator Rescue Operations & Technician

Heavy Equipment Rigging Specialist

Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA)

Swiftwater Technician (ERDI)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Officer (Illinois)

State Certified Fire Instructor (Illinois)

Licensed EMT-Paramedic (Illinois)

Firefighter/Paramedic

Lead Instructor – Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy

Instructor & Rescue Specialist – START Group, LLC

Rope Rescue Team Coordinator – MABAS Division 4 Technical Rescue Team

Rescue Specialist – Illinois Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team

KELLY BYRNE

/// EAST COAST REPRESENTATIVE

Kelly is a SPRAT level 3 rope access supervisor, and serves as a firefighter/paramedic for DC Fire/Rescue.

Kelly served as a member of the airborne infantry in the US Army from 1996 to 1999.

SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Airborne Infantryman – United States Army

Instructor – CMC Rescue School

Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Career Firefighter with Washington DC Fire Department

SEAN COGAN

/// HARKEN INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS DEVELPMENT MANAGER / ROPE ACCESS SUPERVISOR

Sean is a highly experienced Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor that is our lead rigging supervisor for work on spans and elevated structures. Sean has traveled across North and Central America with Elevated Safety working with inspection teams on various unique structures.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

SPRAT Level 3 Rope Access Supervisor

Bridge Lead – Elevated Safety

JIM STEMPIEN

/// GEAR SALES DIRECTOR

Jim is a SPRAT Level 1 rope access technician, serves as a firefighter/paramedic in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, member of regional technical rescue team, and is a rescue specialist with the IL Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Jim has also worked for several years on industrial standby rescue teams, and as a trainer for public safety and industrial rescue professionals. Jim’s years of experience working with a wide variety of industries with differing techniques, budgets, and equipment makes him a great resource when purchasing equipment needed for your area of work.   At Elevated Safety we support the products we believe in, and we want our partners to work with an end user of those same products.

Bachelor of Science (BS)

SPRAT Level 1 Technician

Rope Rescue Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Confined Space Operations & Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Tower Rescue Technician (NFPA 1670/1006)

Hazardous Materials Operations (NFPA 1670/1006)

State Certified Firefighter (Illinois)

Licensed Paramedic (Illinois)

Lead Technical Instructor – START Group

Instructor – Northeastern Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA)

MATT MULVEY

/// GEAR SALES ASSOCIATE

Jake Arzer

Oakbrook (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 1, Instructor/Technician

Martin Barnett

Colorado, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor, Vertical Dragon Rope Access

Roy Becker

Chicago Area, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor, Over The Edge Lead

Brian Connell

Colorado Area, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Tony GrafLake

Villa (IL) FD, SPRAT level 1, Instructor/Technician

Gualdoni, James

Crystal Lake (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Chad Kurka

Palatine (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 1, Instructor/Technician

Noah LandrethEast

Coast, SPRAT Level 2, Instructor/Technician, CMC Midwest Rep

Art Maciel

Midwest, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Jered Milton

Des Plaines (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/supervisor

Collin Moon

Des Plaines (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Zachariah Nemeth

East Coast, SPRAT Level 3, Supervisor

Zachariah Phelps

Mountain Region, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/supervisor

Justin Reynolds

Chicago (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 1, Instructor/Technician

Bill Rice

Des Plaines (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Chris Roberts

Lake Forest (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

David Roberts

Arlington Hts (IL) FD, Safety Profesional

Joe Rogat

Mountain Region, SPRAT Level 3, Harken Industrial Account Executive

Adam Rothenberg

Palatine (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor

Craig Staloway

Aurora (CO) FD, SPRAT Level 3, Instructor/Supervisor, Fit to Fight Fire

John Valentine

Waukegan (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 2, Instructor/Technician

Michael Vitale

Linconshire (IL) FD, SPRAT Level 1, Instructor/Technician

Northeastern illinois public safety training academy (nipsta)

 2300 PATRIOT BOULEVARD GLENVIEW, IL 60026

NIPSTA’s 20 acre campus is located 30 min north of Chicago Center. The campus provides space for public and private first responders to train in a variety of realistic environments.

  • Academic Center with Multiple Classrooms and Auditorium
  • Indoor Training Structure for Rope Access, Fire, Rescue, EMS, Police, Public & Private Industry (10,000 sq ft)