F.A.S.T Center

Your  Training Specialists

Jason Mechtel


Jason served in the United States Marine Corps as an Aviation Ordnanceman.  While deployed in Afghanistan, Jason performed Security duties, in addition to building aircraft munitions. His passion for the outdoors began at an early age.  He has spent recent years honing his skills in basic and advanced wilderness survival, hunting, fire starting, along with primitive, and ingenious homemade survival craft. His devotion to these crafts has developed into his dream being realized with FTS as the director of training for wilderness survival. Using his years of hands on training and experience he has, in conjunction with FTS, created several courses, classes and much more to thrill the most hardcore woodsman and inform while building confidence for the novices with a love of the outdoors.

USMC Aviation Ordnance Team Leader

FTS Director of Training for Wilderness Survival

FTS Range Safety Officer

FTS Basic Pistol

FTS Basic Rifle

FTS Basic Shotgun



W. Brian Boggs


FTS Director of the Archery Department


Will offer basic to advanced classes.  Whether you are an adult or child that never picked up a weapon or bow to someone who has shot for years, we offer a class for you.


Brian’s passion for archery comes from a child holding a recurve at age six and has been shooting ever since.  His career in security began in 1998 working for a private company protecting the Shippingport Nuclear Power Plant starting as a watchman and advanced to an armed response team member.  The trainings during his employment included CQB, force on force and weapons training in pistol, rifle and shotgun.



  Act 235

 Basic Pistol

 Basic Rifle

 Basic Shotgun

 Firefighter (basic)

 First Aid/CPR/AED

 EMT B (expired)

 Rope/High Angle Rescue

 OSHA 10 Hour Safety and Health



Tim Nease

Kevin D. Scott


Career Overview After 25+ years of dedicated service with the Pennsylvania State Police, 19 years in a supervisory role, my mission is to use the extensive experience and training I have gained with the PSP, along with 37+ years in the Fire Service, and EMS experience to continue a career in law enforcement, Homeland Security, or in the private security sector.  I have been furthering my education in the area of Homeland Security graduating with a certificate in Homeland Security in December 2012, and I continue to pursue a degree in Homeland Security.

 Areas of Expertise:  Dignitary/Executive Protection; Homeland Security/Risk and Vulnerability; Intelligence;  Special Events Management; Police Tactics/Crowd Control; Incident Command/Management/NIMS; Law Enforcement Management; Investigations and Surveillance; Security; Public Safety - Police, Fire, EMS.

 Experience  Crescent Township Police Department/Patrol Officer (PA Act 120 certified) January 2014 – Present  Independent Security Specialist and Consultant (PA Act-235 Certified) February 2012 – Present  Provide executive protection, security and surveillance, and investigative services for firms including SEB Security (USS), Shaffer Security, Becker & Co., Pinkerton, Recon, Reed Smith and Kline (surveillance experience), and Tutela Services (Pipeline/Gas Well security and surveillance).


 Pennsylvania State Police, Sergeant/Special Operations Supervisor-Troop B, Pittsburgh  Enlisted August 1986 – Retired February 2012 (Honorable Discharge)  Supervised all Pennsylvania State Police special operations and details, including high level dignitary protection and motorcade transportation of POTUS and other political and protected persons.  Member of the dignitary protection and transportation sub-committees during the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA working closely with federal, state, county, municipal, and civilian agencies.  Formulated and executed the operations plan for the protection and transportation of all 32 principals/protectees and their spouses during the G-20 summit.  Formulated operations plan and supervised traffic control for the 2007 U.S. Open in Oakmont, PA.  PSP Incident Commander during the weeklong 2006 MLB All-Star game events in Pittsburgh, PA.  Detail supervisor for large Mobile Field Force riot platoons managing large crowds.  PSP liaison to Pittsburgh International Airport, 911th Airlift Wing, and 171st ARW PANG.  PSP member of the Pittsburgh International Airport Crisis Management Team.  Incident Commander for several large scale critical incidents.  Responsible for all special PSP enforcement programs including DUI and traffic enforcement initiatives.  Implemented the PSP "Operation Yellow Jacket" speed enforcement program in 1993.  As Station Commander, I supervised all 70 station personnel both enlisted and civilian employees.   Troop B Crime Section Supervisor overseeing all major criminal investigations in the Troop area, Major Case Team, Vice/Narcotics supervisor, Intelligence Unit supervisor, and CIA Unit supervisor.  Supervised the Forensic Services Unit, Fire Marshal Unit, Polygraph Unit, and all criminal investigators.  Station Commander at Troop P, Laporte in charge of all station personnel and operations.   19 years as a PSP supervisor, 10 years as a Corporal and 9 years as a Sergeant before retirement.

 Honors and Recognition • Received several letters of commendation from the PSP Deputy Commissioner of Operations, Area Commanders, and Troop Commanders for exemplary performance and actions both on and off duty. • Received PSP Commissioner Awards for significant operations at Flight-427 crash and the G-20 Summit. • Nominated for PSP Trooper of the year. • Received professional formal recognition from several Federal, State, Municipal, and civilian agencies. • Received Honorable Discharge from the Pennsylvania State Police after 25 1/2 years of service.

 Volunteer Leadership Crescent Township Volunteer Fire Department, Fire Chief • Served in command level positions including Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Training Officer, Safety Officer, RIT Commander, Water Rescue Commander and scuba diver over 37+ years.  • Member of Region-13/Allegheny County Swift water/Flood Response Team Board of Directors.

 Education  CCAC, Pittsburgh, PA  Homeland Security – Graduate of Certificate program, currently attending degree program.   University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA   Pre-Engineering


Christopher C. Covert




Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA Master of Science in Administration of Justice                                                                              May 2013 GPA: 3.91


Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA                 May 2011 Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice        Major GPA:  3.56 Concentration:  Corrections Minor:  History





CERTIFICATIONS  Anti-Piracy Defense (Instructor)  Facility Security Officer (Instructor)  Company and Vessel Security Officer (Instructor)  Facility and Vessel Personnel with Designated Security Duties (Instructor)  Maritime Security for Military, First Responders and Law Enforcement Personnel (Instructor)  Basic Watch Stander (Military Sealift Command)  Advanced Watch Stander (Military Sealift Command)  Non-Lethal Weapons Basic Instructor (Military Sealift Command)  Certificate of Contamination – Oleoresin Capsicum Instructor  Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals – American Heart Association (CPR Instructor)  Heartsaver First Aid – American Heart Association (Instructor)  Transportation Worker Identification Credential (expires December 2018)



Tristan Nicholson

Paul Woods




FTS Basic Pistol

FTS Basic Pistol Instructor

FTS Chemical Munitions

FTS Chemical Munitions Instructor

FTS Defensive Skills

FTS Defensive Skills Instructor

FTS Edged Weapon

FTS Edged Weapon Instructor

FTS Expandable Police Baton

FTS Expandable Police Baton Instructor

FTS Master Firearms Instructor

FTS Range Safety Officer


IMSN VSO Instructor


IMSN FSO Instructor

IMSN Proctor Certification


Military Sealift Command Small Arms Course (MSCSAC)

Military Sealift Command Watch Stander Advanced (MSCWSA)

Military Sealift Command Ship’s Reaction Force (MSCSRF)



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