Ben Sonstrom, founder of STORM Training & Consulting, LLC, has been serving in public safety for nearly 30 years.
As a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Michigan, Ben has extensive experience in policing some of America’s most violent neighborhoods, where he has spent the majority of his career in criminal/narcotic interdiction, undercover narcotic operations, and special operations/canine.
As an instructor, Ben’s area of passion and expertise include advanced shooting techniques, delivery of medical care in hostile environments, and the integration of other critical skillsets with this training. Ben developed the Critical Incident Casualty Management™ program, which he has instructed to agencies throughout the United States. As a canine handler, Ben understands the importance of being responsible for the health and wellness of working dogs. In support of this, he has developed and delivers tactical canine care courses, and was instrumental in authoring State of Michigan legislation on the care and transport of sick or injured canine partners by EMS.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Ben worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic, where he focused on disaster medicine and specialized rescue. Ben has been actively involved in Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) since 1999. His extensive TEMS experience includes providing and overseeing tactical medical operations, instruction and curriculum development on the local, state, and national level.
He is a member of the National TEMS Initiative and was an invited participant on a federal initiative to enhance national preparedness for Active Shooter and IED Incidents. In 2011 he was honored to be the recipient of the NTOA TEMS award.
Ben is constantly researching and refining best methods to decrease morbidity and mortality during critical incidents and how to most effectively deliver these essential lessons to the first responder and civilian populations.