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About PRI

Professional Rescue Innovations puts action behind the motto “Prepare for the Worst, Train to Be the Best” when training firefighters, industrial workers, and emergency personnel. PRI believes teaching this mentality helps prepare those who face a wide range of hazards and complexity within their job description. 


Professional Rescue Innovations is dedicated in providing quality-training programs that meet or surpass OSHA and NFPA standards to provide a safe work environment. We want to not train you to know the material, but lead you to become the best you can at the subject being taught. From water to ice, high angle rope to extrication, hazmat to grain bin, we provide the instructors that are specialists in their field to prepare you for that worst call. Providing you these training opportunities will lead you to bring out the best you can be when that time comes.


Fire departments and Industry all over Iowa have taken advantage of our training programs and many more agencies continue to voice a demand for our training. We at PRI will strive to meet the needs of our customers. We at PRI pride ourselves on the teaching techniques that are safe, tried and tested in the field.


If you feel PRI can be part of your next training session please contact us by filling out the contact PRI form.


About the Owner

Jerry Eslick, Owner

Jerry is a thirty-six year veteran in the fire service and recently retired from the West Des Moines Fire Department as the Deputy Chief of Training. He is currently a Field Staff Instructor for the Fire Service Training Bureau and owner/instructor for Professional Rescue Innovations. Jerry began his career in the Air Force as an ARFF firefighter.


After 4 years of active duty, he and his wife came back to Iowa to raise a family. At that time, he joined the Des Moines Fire Department and within eight years was in charge of the training department.  He left the Des Moines Fire Department for the opportunity to be the Chief of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Another career change came with the new position on the West Des Moines Fire Department where he retired after 17 years of service. He retired after twenty-one years of service from the Air National Guard in Des Moines.


In 2008, Jerry received the Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructor’s “Instructor of the Year Award”. As a result of developing, Professional Rescue Innovations, Jerry has been teaching fire/rescue related programs to fire departments in the Midwest as well as safety programs focused on industry needs for over 25 years. He has brought these experiences and techniques to the training ground through out the State of Iowa and surrounding states.

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