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Eric Stratton, Lead Instructor

Eric Stratton Tactical EMS STS Consulting by STS Consulting, Inc.

Eric Stratton Tactical EMS by STS Consulting, Inc.

Eric Stratton has been actively been involved in EMS since May 1990. With 26 years of experience he has worked for both private and hospital based ambulance services in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. He currently works full time as a fire fighter / paramedic for Fire District #1 in South Hadley and per diem for AMR / Springfield.

Prior to working for the South Hadley Fire Department (SHFD) he spent over 18 years working for the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.  While there he worked multiple corrections assignments, which included duties as a Special Response Officer, Pod Officer, Central Control Officer, and Segregation Officer.  He was promoted to the rank of Corporal Training Officer for Special Operations for 7 years. For the last 8 years of his career he was assigned to the Training Division which is focused on defensive tactics, firearms, patrol rifle, sub machine gun, less lethal weapons and specialized in drug identification and education. While a Corporal in the Training Division he traveled the Commonwealth teaching a variety of courses for the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association. He also had the distinct honor of being the chairman for the Use of Force Committee that oversaw all of the instructors and instructor trainers for all the Sheriff’s Departments in the Commonwealth.

Eric Stratton is the owner and president of STS Consulting Inc, which runs Tactical-EMS.com. STS Consulting specializes in tactical EMS, officer down rescue techniques, and drug education. For several years Smith & Wesson Academy hosted our Tactical courses before streamlining the Smith & Wesson Academy.

Other teaching assignments have taken him to the DEA headquarters in Quantico VA, Canada, Alabama, Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, , New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Eric  has taught at several EMS conventions, such as the Snowbirds Convention in New Hampshire, the Western Massachusetts EMS Convention, and the Rhode Island Metro EMS Expo. He has also been a guest speaker for the Western Massachusetts Guidance Counselors Association and twice at the Department of Fire Safety annual Fire & Life Safety Education Conference.

Eric enjoys teaching both the hands-on courses and the lecture courses to a wide variety of audiences.


  • In-Custody Death Instructor
  • WMD Awareness (ODP/OHS)
  • Point Shooting (M.Rayburn)
  • Aerosol Restraint (MCJTC)
  • Defensive Tactics (MCJTC/MDTS)
  • Firearms (MCJTC/MSA)
  • S.C.B.A. (Scott)
  • Patrol Response to an Active Shooter (NTOA)
  • Tactical Response Team Tactics (HCSD)
  • Use of Force (MCJTC)
  • Submachine Gun (Smith & Wesson)
  • First Responder (MSA)


  • Tactical EMS (McKnight)
  • Defensive Tactics (MSA)
  • Firearms (MSA)
  • Expandable Baton (MCJTC/MEB)

Mark D. Robbins

Mark D. Robbins joined STS Consulting in December of 2003 as a Staff Instructor. He is now currently the Vice President, Primary Course Instructor and a Program Designer. Mark has 12 honorable years of experience with the US Marine Corps where he served as an Ordnance Technician, Helicopter Crew Chief and Crew Served Weapons Instructor before moving over to the ground side and Weapons Company as a Forward Observer and Scout/Sniper. After his military service, he joined the Law Enforcement community in 1994 and has served in a variety of duties from Patrol Officer, Court Liaison, Narcotics and Contraband Officer and 6 years as an Academy Instructor specializing in Firearms, Tactics and Medical Support. Mark has spent a life time dedicated to serving his country and is now just as dedicated to the training ofour Law Enforcement, Military and Medical Professionals.

Dean R. Blair

Dean R. Blair has served in Operation Iraqi Fredom in various roles including Primary Protective Officer for his clients. He was a combat arms instructor and a military installation security team leader and Team Leader for the 104th HHC 1-104th INF and before that a member of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993. His cirruculum vitae (resume) can be requested by contacting STS Consulting. Deans photo, at right, shows him with a rifle liberated from a sniper who no longer needed it. Click the image to view the full photo.

Derek Debarge

Has been involved with firearms, tactics and emergency medicine for over twenty years.  Derek spent four years in the United States Marine Corps in the infantry and as a security force Marine. After returning home he worked in MA State Corrections, and then as a Field Officer for The Franklin County Sheriffs Office until becoming a police officer with the Town of Ludlow MA starting in July of 2000 to present.  Derek is a State Certified and departmental Firearms Instructor in 2003.  In 2005 Derek took the initiative to build and train Ludlow Police Department’s first ever Special Response Team (SRT) which is active to this day. Derek enjoys teaching safe firearms handling to all that wish to learn the correct way.

Zachary Smith

Zachary Smith holds significant knowledge and expertise in all major Public Safety disciplines gained over his extensive career. With experience in both urban and rural systems, he works as a front line Police Officer, Paramedic, and Emergency Manager in Western Massachusetts. Well respected by peers in his field, Zachary is currently the authority on Tactical EMS and disaster response in his county. Zachary is also Adjunct Faculty for a well-respected college-based Paramedic program and holds instructor credentials with multiple pre-hospital and emergency medical organizations. With over a decade of experience on a Federal Disaster response team as a Paramedic and Security Officer for multiple deployments, Zachary brings first-hand knowledge of medical response and security concerns while providing emergency aid to individuals in austere environments, as well as VIPs during high profile engagements. Individuals trained by Zachary include individuals from the community, and personnel from an extensive list of local, state and federal agencies.

Ofc. Edward Oey

Certified  MPTC / MSA Level II Firearms Instructor  for 30 yrs., NRA 15 years, MPTC Use of Force, Level III Defensive Tactics, Applied Patrol Procedure, Officer Survival  Instructor.  For 23 years and currently Chief Firearms / DT /  Armorer / LEOSA / Ballistic Shield  &  Taser Instructor for the Belchertown Police Dept.  Completed  ALERRTS Level 1 Instructor,  IALEFI Master Instructor, MLEFIAA Certified Firearms Instructor.  Spent 8 years as a Tactical Team Leader.   Trained with Homeland Security, USAF, Federal Agencies.  Competition shooter Police Combat / IPSC / IDPA

Jay Bathgate

Jay Bathgate has extensive experience as a firearms trainer and instructor trainer. Jay spent five years as the Senior Firearms Instructor at Smith & Wesson. While there he was responsible for course development and implementation as well as being a trainer. After S&W Jay spent three years as the training coordinator at Delta Arsenal performing the same functions. In Jay’s career as a trainer, he has accrued over 1100 hours of instructor level credentials and certifications. Jay is currently a Lt with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Law Enforcement Division and as a contract executive protection specialist for high visibility clients.

Art Groux

Art has been a Paramedic for over 22 years and worked in EMS for over 25. During his career he has spent time in both the role of provider and management in both small rural systems to time with New York City EMS and Magen David Adom in Israel where he spent time working out of the Jerusalem office covering the occupied territories of The West Bank. He serves as the Planning Section Chief for CT region 3 Incident Management Team. He also serves as a member of the Integrated EMS Response to Active Shooter work group as part of the Connecticut Capital Region. Art has also authored works on EMS Management and currently serves as the Chief of Service for Suffield EMS and Emergency Management Director for the Town of Suffield.

James Pijar

Four years Marine Corps. Close combat instructor, Marksmanship instructor, Direct Action Hostage Recovery Team Member. Completed Reserve Police Academy. Chicopee Fire Fighter/Paramedic. Confined Space rescue tech, Rope Rescue tech, Swift water rescue tech. Three years Navy Corpsman. Worked EMS for 16 years in Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke area. Worked every major incident in the last 16 years from the June 1st tornadoes to the Chicopee West st shooting.

Roy Landry

Roy A. Landry joined STS Consulting in 2009 as an assistant instructor.  Roy worked for over 30 years in law enforcement and as a first responder in Chicopee. Roy has held instructor certifications in PR24 baton, CPR/First Responder, Patrol Procedures, QuikClot® application, Nasal Naloxone administration, and Officer Down Rescue Instructor-Trainer.  He is certified in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) by the National Association of EMTs.  Through his career, Roy has received eleven Letters of Commendation.  In 2012-13, SGT Landry was decorated by his Department, the Massachusetts Police Association, and the Massachusetts State Police for his actions in an active/barricaded shooter incident resulting in an Officer Down Rescue (ODR) and rescue of pinned down civilians. Roy retired from the Chicopee Police Department in 2015 and now supports his local community as a Public Safety Telecommunicator and continues to instruct various courses for First Responders and the public.   

Thom Kane

Thom Kane the newest member to the sts crew,  has taken various courses through out New England. Through  countless rounds down range, endless hours practicing and passion for shooting, thom brings a civilians point of view to the teaching experience.