Meet Tim Whetstone, Owner/COO:
Tim is the founder and COO of Training Development Group, LLC. Tim served in the US Navy as an Operations Specialist and as a Search and Rescue Swimmer with several overseas deployments. Upon being honorably discharged from the US Navy, he worked several different jobs. Over time, he eventually found his calling in the greatest profession in the world! He is currently a Lieutenant and NR Paramedic with the City of Crowley Fire Department in Texas. He has been with Crowley FD for over 15 years where he received several awards including Rookie of the Year, EMS Provider of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, and most recently, Fire Officer of the Year. He also maintains advanced certifications with Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Driver/Operator, HAZMAT Technician, HAZMAT Incident Commander, TCFP Instructor, TCFP Field Examiner, as well as TCFP Advanced Level Structural Firefighter.
Tim has over 13 years of experience as an instructor in the fire service. Over the course of the 13 years he has taught several fire courses and has served as an instructor for fire academy students for that entire time. He has had the opportunity to be involved with hundreds of academies and has been known for bringing a bit of the military side into the paramilitary world of the fire service. He is very passionate about pride and ownership in the fire service and thoroughly enjoys being able to pass on his extensive experience and hard-won knowledge to new generations of firefighters.
With Tim being a current and active firefighter, lieutenant, and paramedic, he brings current, real-world training and advice to the students. He is a believer in leadership taking a “lead from the front” approach which he actively implements within the company. With his passionate belief in training every student to be their absolute best, students can put their trust in TDG Fire Academy to go out into the competitive world of firefighting and find a successful career as a Firefighter.
Meet Brandon Ferguson, CAO:
Brandon serves as Chief Academic Officer for Training Development Group LLC.
Brandon started as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 19, two years after joining the department; he began his career as one of the first six career firefighters hired with Crowley Fire Department. Brandon joined the ranks of the University Park Fire Department in 2006, completing his National Registry Paramedic, and promoting through the ranks to where he is currently serving as a Battalion Chief / Licensed Paramedic since 2015, Brandon is an active member of the UP Honor Guard, IAFF L2092 and serves on the UPFD Pension Board. Brandon earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Tarrant County College and Bachelors in Fire Administration from Eastern Kentucky University. He maintains Advance level Certification with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Driver / Operator, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer, Hazmat Technician, Hazmat Incident Commander, TCFP Instructor, TCFP Field Examiner, Master Fire Inspector, Master Fire Investigator, and Master Structural Firefighter.
Brandon is a Texas Department of State Health Services Advanced EMS Coordinator and has successfully run one of the largest EMS programs in the State of Texas for the past 10 years including EMR, EMT and Paramedic. He has 15 years of teaching experience in both the Fire and EMS.
After 20 years in the Fire Service Brandon believes more than ever, we must give back through mentoring those that come after us and honoring those that put on the uniform before us. Brandon strives to model Pride, Honor and Integrity of the fire service to each student at TDG.