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Emergency Response Services, Inc. was formed September 16, 1996 with a primary goal of  providing the highest quality and the most cost-effective training  to industrial emergency response teams. Emergency Response Services, Inc. has since accomplished its initial goal with a proven record of delivering the highest possible levels of training to industry, both standard and custom, at exceptionally reasonable prices.

Our philosophy is that a quality emergency response training program must always start with a team of qualified and experienced instructors.  We believe the highest levels of industrial safety are attained through clear and constant communication, even after our training program is complete.   Therefore, we believe that our industrial clients stand to benefit most from our services by re-enforcing our message through on-going communication, and training follow-ups.  And finally, we believe outstanding hands-on emergency response training can be accomplished without harm to our associates, clients, public or the environment.  Our golden principle is: "Safe operations make good business sense and all accidents can be prevented".

ERS has become one of the nation's leading providers of Industrial Emergency Response Training and Services. We are proud to have trained over 8,000 Industrial Responders last year from a very diverse cross section of industries. This diverse client base gives us valuable experience and a wealth of knowledge about “what works and what doesn’t work” when it comes to Industrial Emergency Response.

ERS has built its reputation for outstanding training on the foundation of its professional instructors. The ERS team currently consists of a staff of full time instructors (see bios) with many years in the emergency services both as responders and trainers. We are proud to support our emergency response training and contract emergency services with a team of over 50 professional and dedicated emergency responders.

Emergency Response Services, Inc. would be pleased to assist in your industrial safety program, whether your training needs focus on standard fire, hazardous material emergency response, confined space rescue or incident command training.   We can also design a training program specific to your company's hazards.   For emergency response assistance in your facility, call Eddie or Ralph at  Emergency Response Services, Inc. today for a free consultation: 256.997.9087.


Eddie Sisco

Emergency Response Training Consultant

Eddie Sisco started his emergency response career at Scottsboro Fire Department in 1978 where he served as a volunteer firefighter, and later as a full-time career firefighter. He currently serves as a lieutenant for the volunteer department.

In 1987 Eddie left the municipal fire service to start his industrial career with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a Captain, providing fire, confined space rescue and hazardous material emergency response at nuclear plants. In 1989, Eddie was employed by the Mead Corporation to train their emergency response teams across the nation, in various types of industrial facilities. In September 1996, he became a founding partner to form Emergency Response Services, Inc. based in Fort Payne, Alabama.

Eddie has a A.S. in Fire Science as well as graduate work toward his B.S. in Fire Administration with Memphis University. In 1997, Eddie was appointed as a Special Expert on the NFPA committee to develop the standard for Professional Qualifications for Industrial Fire Brigades (NFPA 1081). E-mail Eddie Sisco

Ralph Johnson

Emergency Response Training Consultant

Ralph, a partner and training instructor with ERS, Inc., began his emergency response career in 1979 with the Fort Payne, Alabama Fire Department, and later, with the Huntsville, Alabama Fire Department. He also pursued his fire science technology degree and attained EMT II status. With this background Ralph responded to all types of real-life emergencies, gaining valuable experience.

In 1988, Ralph entered the industrial rescue world with the Tennessee Valley Authority as a firefighter in TVA's Nuclear Program. With the TVA, he learned how to apply his real-life experience and formal training to industrial loss prevention and safety.

Ralph moved on to training industrial emergency response teams in 1990, before becoming a partner in ERS, Inc. Whether haz-mat response, fire emergencies, high angle or confined space response, Ralph has both the experience and technical training to deliver emergency response training at it's best. E-mail Ralph Johnson

Reggie Sprinkle

Emergency Response Training Consultant

reggie sprinkle at ers training

Reggie joined our staff in September 2009 with over thirty years of experience and a strong background in emergency response. Reggie began his career in 1976 when he joined the Hatton Volunteer Fire Department where he currently serves as captain. After joining the department, he earned his EMT-B and is currently licensed in the state of Alabama. Reggie was employed at BP Amoco Chemicals for 34 years. Reggie began as an operator, and was then assigned to the Emergency Response Team due to his background in fire service.

In 1999, Reggie was promoted to Chief of the Emergency Response Team and also served as Facility Security Officer as well as Alternate Qualified Individual for OPA-90. As Chief, Reggie conducted training for a team of 72-member volunteer industrial ERT that included industrial firefighting, HAZMAT, medical response, land and water spill response, as well as high angle and confined space rescue.

In his tenure at BP Reggie earned numerous certifications. Reggie attained his Firefighter 1 certification from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa Alabama. He also earned certification in Industrial Fire Brigade and Advanced Exterior and Interior Structural from Texas A&M University. He also holds certification from Oklahoma State University in Fire Sprinkler Inspection and Testing, as well as Fire Pump Inspection and Testing. Reggie attended HAZMAT Technician/Specialist training at Technology Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado. 

Reggie serves as Executive Board Member of the Morgan County LEPC and 911 Board of Directors in Lawrence County Alabama. Reggie is also an American Heart Association BLS Instructor.  Reggie is a member of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments and serves on the AAVFD Honor Guard. Email Reggie Sprinkle


Jimmy Lee

Emergency Response Training Consultant

Jimmy started his career in Emergency response in 1976 with the Calhoun Fire Department, in Calhoun, TN. In 1980 he went to work for Olin Chemical Corporation holding many positions in production and emergency response. In 1995 he accepted the position of Safety and Emergency Response Specialist. Among many other responsibilities, he facilitated the sites annual emergency response training, OSHA Health and Safety compliance, was a coordinator for Olin Corporation World Wide Emergency Action Network and worked closely with the LEPC’s of Bradley and McMinn Counties with respect to disaster planning. Jimmy has an array of specialized training, education and experience to bring to the table including; American Association of Railroads Railcar Specialist, National Registered Emergency Medical Technician IV, credit toward an Environmental Technologies / Haz-Mat Degree and real life experience in industrial fire, haz-mat and rescue.

He currently serves as Captain for the Calhoun Fire Department, Assistant Chief for the McMinn County Haz-Mat Team, Firefighter with the Charleston Fire Department and was named a member of the Users Advisory Council for Scott Health and Safety in 2003 and 2004. E-mail Jimmy Lee

Rickey Gilbert

Emergency Response Training Consultant

Rickey Gilbert brings over 18 years of experience into being an Emergency Response Service Inc.Instructor. Receiving his Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Intermediate levels of training from Northeast Alabama State Community College. Rickey is also a certified instructor for the DOT's Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC), which involves classroom knowledge and vehicle operation skills.

Receiving his Emergency Medical Technician Basic and Intermediate levels of training from Northeast Alabama State Community College. Rickey received his Paramedic level of training from Gadsden State Community College and Certification as a National Registered Paramedic. As an EMT Paramedic with Jackson County Ambulance Service of Scottsboro, Alabama for over 16 years, Rickey has been involved in all aspects of rescues from confined space, industrial accidents, to medical emergencies. Rickey also has the “hands on” field experience from serving since 1987 as a member of the local emergency medical and rescue squad services, as well as, serving in the local volunteer fire department. In 1999 Rickey joined the staff at ERS Inc. as a member of their Confined Space Rescue Standby Team and as an Emergency Medical Response Team instructor. E-mail Rickey Gilbert

Joey Gruber

Emergency Response Training Consultant

Joey Gruber began his career in Emergency Services in 2003 when he was employed with the City of Fort Payne Fire Department as a firefighter. During his tenure with the fire department Joey was certified as Firefighter Level II through the Alabama State Fire College. Joey received training in various fields of study, such as Confined Space Rescue, Trench Collapse Rescue, and Structure Collapse Rescue. During his time with the fire department Joey served as a firefighter and Engineer on an Engine Company, a Truckman on a Ladder Company and a Rescue Technician on a Rescue Company. Serving in these capacities Joey acquired extensive experience in the use of the Incident Command System.

Joey also held a certification from the State of Alabama Board of Health as an Emergency Medical Technician and served as a member of a Swift Water Rescue Team. As a collateral duty Joey was a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Heavy Rescue Company 9 stationed out of Northeast Alabama responsible for responding to emergencies on a large scale national basis.

Joey began his career with Emergency Response Services as a part time instructor in 2003 while still employed with the fire department and in 2006 accepted a position as a full time instructor. As an instructor Joey has shown an ability to adapt to new situations and in a classroom environment present information in a professional and consistent manner. E-mail Joey Gruber

Gregory L. Cain

Emergency Response Training Consultant


Gregory Cain began his interest in Emergency Services during his tenure in the US Navy. While serving on board an aircraft carrier he attended numerous classes in shipboard firefighting and damage control measures. After receiving an honorable discharge from the military Greg returned to North Carolina and began his career serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Rowland Volunteer Fire Department in Rowland, N.C.

Greg relocated to Sunset Beach, NC and joined the local volunteer fire department. Within two years he was elected Fire Chief in which he served for two years. During this time Greg acquired his certification as a Firefighter III and Emergency Medical Technician/Defibrillator and also served with the local volunteer Emergency Medical Services.

Greg began his teaching career after he acquired his certification as a Fire Instructor with the NC Fire Commission with specialties in Hazardous Materials Response, Confined Space Rescue, Driver/Operator, and Pump Operations. During this time Greg was employed by the Brunswick Community College as a Fire Instructor and an EMT In-service Instructor. In 1994 Greg was employed by the Horry County Fire Department as one of two full time Training Officers, a combination paid/volunteer fire department made up of 35 full time members and 625 volunteer firefighters. While at Horry County Fire Department Greg served as a technician with the county Hazardous Materials Team and was responsible for the day-to-day operations and training of the county Technical Rescue Team.

Greg presently holds a certification as a NPQ level II Fire instructor through the Georgia Training and Standards Council and has a degree in Industrial Electrical Technology Construction and Maintenance as well as his OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 certifications. Greg has been involved with training and consulting Industrial Emergency Response Organizations for nine years. Greg became a full time instructor at ERS in 2008. E-mail Gregory L. Cain



Cheri Foshee

Office Manager


Stacey Greene

AP/AR Manager

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