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12/285 Canberra Avenue,
Fyshwick ACT 2609

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Our Team

Adam - Director/Instructor

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Adam has been employed as a professional firefighter with ACT Fire & Rescue since 2011, and with Surf Lifesaving Australia since 1998 as a volunteer and professional Ocean Lifeguard. Prior to joining the emergency services, he was a high school teacher here in the ACT. Adam taught Physical Education and Outdoor Education at Lanyon High School and Hawker College and has been educating and training for over 15 years. When Adam delivers training, his passion is clear. He provides the best quality training available and ensures that all ACTWell courses are of the highest standard.

Adam founded ACTWELL in 2012 after attending several serious emergency incidents with Fire & Rescue and realising there was a real need to inform the public about the ways that they can assist during an emergency, prior to the arrival of emergency services. It started with teaching people about the importance of bystander CPR and has expanded from there. 

“Having responded to countless calls for emergency assistance in my capacity as a firefighter, I am too aware that most of the time, bystanders don't know how to help during an emergency... or they are too afraid to help. There is usually at least 7 mins before emergency services arrive on the scene, and a lot can happen in that time. We remind our students to do no harm but to do something. We focus on taking the fear and misconceptions out of play, so that bystanders have the confidence to make a difference”

“I have dedicated the past 10 years to helping Canberran's understand their role in an emergency, and I plan to continue it until ACTWell has reached its goal of saving 100 lives.”

“Having a competent and confident person managing a scene, whether it be an evacuation, medical emergency, or other, can be the difference between life and death. I wanted to start a business that would deliver this life-saving and vital training."

Adam holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Public Safety, and several other qualifications that complement his training and emergency skillset.

Since opening in 2012, Adam and the staff at ACTWell have trained over 25,000 students in a range of First Aid, Fire & Emergency, and Health & Safety courses. 

Ben - Director/Instructor

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Ben has had an interest and a passion for emergency response for the past twenty years and during this time has worked in a multitude of first aid and emergency response roles, both professionally and as a volunteer.

Ben worked as a surf lifesaver in Australia, as well as a pool lifeguard in the United States. Since 2011, Ben has been employed in the Emergency Services as a firefighter, requiring a theoretical and practical knowledge of first aid, firefighting and portable fire equipment, and emergency response. He regularly delivers training to his peers within Fire & Rescue.

Ben has been working as an ACTWell instructor since 2014 and loves the values that make up this company. He enjoyed working here so much that in 2016 he became a Director and Co-Owner.  

“I strongly believe there is a necessity to educate the public on how they can assist their family, colleagues and others when an emergency situation arises. Having attended many serious incidents with the Emergency Services, I am well aware of the benefits of having bystanders that are both willing and well trained to respond. I am passionate about providing quality education in a fun and engaging way, instilling people with the required knowledge and confidence to enable them to use it in real life situations.”

One of Ben's roles within Fire & Rescue is as an emergency call taker.  He has answered thousands of emergency calls, and this experience provides him with a wealth of insight into the stresses people endure during emergency situations. 

Ben has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and worked in the ACT public school system for many years as a teacher’s assistant. “I look forward to continuing to teach within my capacity as an ACTWell Instructor.”

Phil - Director/Instructor

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Phil comes from a background in radio, having spent 12 years working at local radio stations Mix 106.3 and HIT 104.7. This experience, as well as his friendly and funny personality make him very popular with our clients.

In 2012 he joined the Emergency Services and has been working protecting the community with ACT Fire & Rescue ever since.

“Working with Fire and Rescue I have seen first hand the importance of good emergency training and the difference it can make.”

Phil came on board in 2017 and has applied the delivery skills that come from a radio background with the practical experience gained from working in the emergency services to help continue the quality program the ACTWell customers have come to expect. In 2021, he became our 3rd company director, and is now helping take ACTWell to new heights.

One of Phil's roles within Fire & Rescue is as an emergency call taker.  He has answered thousands of emergency calls, and this experience provides him with a wealth of insight into the stresses people endure during emergency situations. 

Phil holds a Cert IV in Public Safety, Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Media and Communications all first aid and fire qualifications. He delivers a range of our first aid, fire and safety courses.

  

Tim - Instructor

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Tim has had a connection with Emergency Services for over 20 years. Currently, he works as a professional firefighter with ACT Fire and Rescue, and he has been in this role since 2012. Prior to working as a professional firefighter, he worked for ACT Parks and Conservation as a fire training officer, as well as a volunteer and first aid instructor with ACT Rural Fire Service.

"Training and development have been passions of mine since 1998 when I first obtained my Cert IV in training.  I believe every day is a learning day and everybody has something to bring to a course.  I will never get tired of helping people to build their confidence in providing help to family and friends in their time of need."
 
"I am one of ACTWELL's newest staff members and since commencing, I have been overwhelmed with the passion and excitement of the team to make each and every course the best they have ever delivered."
 

One of Tim's roles within Fire & Rescue is as an emergency call taker.  Tim has answered thousands of emergency calls, and instructs new 000 call takers. This experience provides him with a wealth of insight into the stresses people endure during emergency situations. 

Tim holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Certificate IV in Public Safety, and several other qualifications that complement his training and emergency skillset.

 

Dani - Instructor

Dani brings an engaging and enthusiastic personality to our team, having previously worked as a tour guide at the Australian Institute of Sport. She joined the Emergency Services in 2016, and has been working protecting the community with ACT Fire & Rescue since that time.
 
Her enthusiastic and passionate personality provide an entertaining and engaging learning environment, and our students love her.
 
"I have had a passion for sport and health my entire life both socially and through work. During this time I have participated in many first aid courses, but it wasn't until I joined Fire & Rescue that I realised what capacity a first aider has to help a person in an emergency, and what capacity I have to spread that message."
 
"Regularly seeing emergency care provided by paramedics, seeing what happens when treatment isn't provided early enough, and being involved in those scenarios helped me understand the importance of my role if I am ever a bystander at emergency incidents"
 
"I'm glad I now have the knowledge and experience to be one of the people spreading this message, and I am passionate about helping others to realise that they too can be the difference in a life or death situation. The life they save could be someone very important to them."
 
"I want people to walk away from our courses with not only the skills and knowledge around first aid, but  also the confidence to actually utilise those skills should they ever be faced with such a situation."
 
Dani holds a Cert III in Public Safety & Cert IV Training and Assessment. She delivers a range of our first aid, fire and safety courses.

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