What started as a hobby of pheasant hunting over 10 years ago with his Brittany Spaniel has turned into a passion for firearms. Derek has always believed in the Second Amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and is committed to guiding others by providing crucial training.
Derek is a member of the NRA, a certified NRA Pistol Instructor and NRA Range Safety Officer. He has completed Stop Bleed training and several defensive handgun classes, including Intuitive Defensive Shooting. He currently holds concealed carry permits in Rhode Island, Massachusetts,
He is also an author, lecturer, and contributor for a variety of EMS, water rescue, and advanced rescue techniques. Finally, Bob, an Eagle Scout, volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts of America and is a Boy Scout Troop Assistant Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Councilor.
Connecticut, New Hampshire and Utah. Derek also belongs to the Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club in Harrisville, RI, where he teaches defensive handgun classes.
You will often find him at the RI State House with other firearms advocates fighting for our Second Amendment rights and against gun control legislation.
Bob has been involved with the fire service since 1985, teaching EMT courses since 1988, a Nationally Registered Paramedic since 1989, and has been a Water Team Rescue Coordinator since 2000. Bob has over 30 years’ experience providing medical aid, responding to emergency situations, and providing life-saving measures to countless individuals.
Percy is a police officer with over a decade of experience. During that time he has worn many different hats. He has been Combatives instructor for several years and has taught at both the municipal and state police academies, along with several municipal departments and prisons. He is a certified open hand, baton and handcuffing combatives instructor.
Experience, Knowledge, Real World Application
Robert has many years experience training police officers and police recruits handgun, shotgun and rifle skills, use of force techniques, handcuffing procedures and baton/asp methods. He has taught many of these skills to police officers across the state of Rhode Island as well as being an instructor at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy. He is also the Director of Training and Senior Firearms Instructor at The Preserve Academy.
On the civilian end, Robert holds 10 NRA instructor certifications in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, Chief Range Safety Officer, Personal Protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, Refuse to be a Victim, Metallic Cartridge Reloading and Shotgun Shell Reloading. He is also an NRA Training Counselor who can create instructors in those NRA disciplines. Finally, he is a Utah Certified Concealed Carry Instructor and Massachusetts Approved Firearms instructor.
He is a former member of the Special Response Team (SWAT) member and has participated in several high risk warrant services and barricaded subject incidents. He has been trained in Hostage Rescue, Active Shooter and Explosive Breaching by members of LAPD SWAT and Las Vegas SWAT.
As for civilian training, he is a first degree black belt in Kenpo Ju Jitsu and has taught adults and children in that style for several years. He has also worked as a corner man in professional and amateur MMA fights. He is a certified CrossFIT Striking instructor and is currently studying as a gunsmith at the Sonoran Desert Institute. As a former NCAA wrestler, grappler, and professional MMA fighter, he has placed in several world and regional championships.
Percy is also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Home Firearms Safety Instructor and NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor.
Robert is an active law enforcement officer with 20 years experience to date. He is a former member of the Special Response Team (SWAT) and has a wealth of tactical training, active shooter training and raiding experience. He is also an FBI Certified Pistol and Shotgun Instructor, Glock Certified Firearms Instructor, Sig Sauer Active Shooter Instructor, Sig Sauer Shoothouse Instructor, Sig Sauer Low Light Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Active Shooter Threat Instructor, A.L.I.C.E. Instructor, C.R.A.S.E Instructor, Safariland Certified Rifle Instructor, L.O.C.K.U.P. Certified Use of Force/Handcuff Instructor, and a Glock, Colt and Remington Certified Armorer.