BEN SONSTROM, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Ben Sonstrom, Founder of STORM Training & Consulting, LLC, is a dedicated, innovative, proactive leader in the fields of Law Enforcement Special Operations, Operational Medicine, Criminal & Narcotic Interdiction and Public Safety. His 30+ year professional career includes proven leadership as a Tactical Paramedic and Tactical Medical Team Leader. He has an history of instruction and involvement at the local, state, and national level, including work with federal agencies and military units worldwide.
Ben has developed and delivered training in Shooting Techniques, and the Delivery of Medical Care in Hostile Environments, while integrating other critical skillsets into this training. Ben developed the Critical Incident Casualty Management™ program, which he has instructed in agencies throughout the United States.
A recognized innovator, advocate and thought leader, Ben was instrumental in authoring State of Michigan legislation on the care and transport of sick or injured canine partners by EMS. In 2018 he created the Tactical Rescue Challenge and has served as Coordinator every year since.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, Ben served as a Firefighter/Paramedic, with a focus 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.
Ben continues to train throughout the country and has been recognized at the national level for competitive excellence in shooting. In 2011 he was honored to be the recipient of the NTOA TEMS award. He is one of only eight individuals in 45 years to obtain a perfect score of 125 points at the Rogers Shooting School, receiving recognition as a Rogers Shooting School “Possible” Shooter. This was earned on October 28, 2022. Ben is honored to have his name join the list that includes Bill Rogers and Rob Leatham.
Committed to a lifetime learning process and continuous improvement as a professional Ben is constantly researching and implementing best methods to win deadly force encounters and to decrease morbidity and mortality during critical incidents. Through feedback and constant innovation, he is committed to improving his effectiveness in delivering these essential lessons to the First Responder and Civilian Populations.
ZAC ZUK, INSTRUCTOR
Zac Zuk has spent nearly two decades in law enforcement in Southwest Michigan. During that time, he was assigned to various units and details to include: Field Training Officer, Police Academy Instructor, lead instructor of the defensive tactic’s unit, Narcotics Detective and Senior Sergeant within the Patrol Division.
The last six years in law enforcement was spent with METRO SWAT. Zac finished his career in law enforcement as the Assistant Commander of the SWAT team. While on METRO SWAT, he specialized in several disciplines and training including: dignitary protection, designated marksman/sniper, TCCC, barricaded subjects, high risk search warrants and hostage rescue.
Hundreds of operational missions honed his understanding of the importance of training to achieve the desired outcomes in the field. Proper training is paramount when applying tactics, techniques, and procedures to preserve life in high-risk situations. Zac has since continued to develop skills necessary to train the current and future individuals charged with preserving life and property in both the public and private sector.
Zac is currently working as the General manager of JagerWerks Engineering where they manufacture products for the responsible citizen, law enforcement, and military units. He continues to use his knowledge and skills to put the best equipment and training in the hands of those who need it.