Firearms & Tactics
Phone: 888-486-3674, ext. 9
If you are reading this and your defensive firearm is not within reach, all of your training was for nothing. - Col. Jeff Cooper
With over ten years of law enforcement and military experience Joe serves as our lead firearms and tactics instructor. A U.S. Army combat veteran, Joe has served as both an Infantry team and squad leader with the 10th Mountain Division. During his military service, Joe served on multiple deployments, including a combat deployment with the Joint Coalition Task Force 180 Operation Enduring Freedom IV Afghanistan, where he conducted both ground and air assault missions in search of Taliban and terrorist forces.
Joe is currently an accredited Police Training Commission Police and Firearms instructor at the Essex County College Police Academy where he serves as the lead tactical firearms instructor. Joe has trained local, county, and state law enforcement officers in firearms and advanced tactics. He holds a SWAT instructor certification and Executive Protection certification through the US Training Center. Joe is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Sniper Observer School. Joe holds several firearm instructor certifications from both the National Rifle Association and New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in the following disciplines: Assault Rife, Subgun, Pistol, and Shotgun. He is a certified CPR, AED and First Aid Instructor through both the American Heart Association and American Safety and Health Institute. Joe is also a certified NJ EMT with over ten years of emergency medical service experience.
Joe now serves with Belleville, New Jersey’s police department in the patrol and training division where he assists with instruction in the following disciplines: firearms and tactics, CPR, AED, First Aid/First Responder, Haz-Mat, CBRNE, and emergency vehicle operations. He is currently assigned to the Emergency Services Unit where he functions as both assistant team leader and team instructor.
I am unsure if you remember exactly who I am but I attended your CPR class as part of the SORA and I also attended Simunitons 1. Black BDU's and if you remember you helped me and threw a second magazine to me when I was kneeling in the corner of the bedroom in the SIMS class. I have been meaning to come down and give you a personal thank you but unfortunately my weekends are tied up with classes these past few weeks and a fundraiser for the special forces community yesterday but I would like to let you know your teachings in that CPR class came into play with my father. Although I did not perform CPR on him, some things you mentioned in the class enabled me to make some decisions and get him off of the beach and as it turns out when we got home that day he had his second major heart attack, he is doing well and had a full recovery. During your class you mention being aware of where other people are if you are performing CPR, using the AED and realizing the person you are performing the CPR on may have a husband or wife or parent in the crowd who may come running over to you and interfere or worse touch them while you have the AED on. While going through the class in my head as I noticed my father was out of breathe walking on the boardwalk I started to look for who was around to possible help. How far to a cop? Is there a cop? Who has a radio? We were on the portion of jenkinsons boardwalk where they hold the volleyball tournaments. If you are familiar then you know there is no businesses just houses, no people, I had my bathing suit on so I had no phone, and it was fairly early in the am to begin with. I truly felt that I was going to have to perform CPR when I saw he was getting tired and out of breathe and by going through the steps in my head I calmed down and realized I knew how to solve that problem and moved on to finding the few fastest and easiest exit routes. If not for you teaching that class and going over some things and side tips I may have been more focused on the CPR and less on the exit route and the situation may have went differently. So again Joe thank you and see you at the next Urban Pistol 1.
WOW! That was the most fun I've ever had with my clothes on. I actually heard one of the other students say, "Fuck Great Adventure".
On a serious note, that was one of the best hands-on classes I've ever experienced. Joe and Justin did an incredible job. You should be proud of them, and the entire GFH Team. Just pre-registered for Urban Pistol 2 when it becomes available.
Thank you for putting together a first rate class. My hands and legs are sore! My gun needs a major cleaning. And, I learned things about my shooting and myself that you cannot put a dollar amount on. Joe is the best. I need to save up for the next level class.
Hi Anthony, You guys put on another blockbuster class with CRASS this past weekend! Great instructors, good group of students, and lots of interesting and potentially useful information. The Simunitions scenarios were an awesome experience, plus the setting was perfect.
Unfortunately, I did just as badly as I had feared I would on the Sims portion, embarrassingly so, given all the school I've attended in my life. Now that I've had a chance to think about it, while I believe I could have done OK on a written test, my mind and body failed to connect under pressure, as Joe accurately observed. I thought this class might be a good intro to Simuntions, but in retrospect, it would have been a good idea to have taken basic Sims first.
There was so much information to process, that given the slight adrenaline of the scenarios, I defaulted to childhood games of Cops and Robbers. If there were any small things I could feel good about, they were that I stayed in the fight, managed ammo well, and kept some small measure of pressure on John until he was ready to let me take him out. I should note that John does a great job in the unheralded role of Bad Guy, calibrating his level of tactics and agression to what he feels is appropriate for each shooter.
I guess the lesson I should learn from all of this is that it's better that I suffer some mental discomfort in training situations where I can learn from my deficiencies, than that I face these challenges for the first time when my life is on the line. Once again, it was great training with you guys, and as soon as my ego mends a bit (it's already feeling better today), I'll look forward to learning from all of you again sometime soon.