When someone meets me for the first time, they often ask me what I do...
The answer isn't so simple because my background is like no one you've probably ever met.
I've worked in the public safety field for nearly 25 years, but I've done much more.
I'm an entertainer and safety educator. I'm a freelance writer and book author.
I'm a professional speaker and trainer.
I'm also a survivor of something many people don't want to discuss - PTSD & depression.
I'm the author of multiple books and I write assorted content and commentary for a variety of newspapers, magazines and social media outlets. I'm currently an opinion columnist for the Shawnee Dispatch, a newspaper in the Kansas City metro area.
I've also been featured as a disaster subject matter expert on TV, radio and newspapers.
I have my own blog titled "The Random Writings of Marty Augustine" which offers interesting, informative and humorous articles about life and whatever else crosses my mind.
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I speak about real world scenarios based on things I've seen and done. I share my stories to help others.
As a professional instructor, I developed an interest in emergency preparedness and disasters after the tragic attacks on America on September 11th, 2001. Since 2002, I've presented specialized disaster preparedness training and safety education programs for law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies, the US military, schools, hospitals, churches, corporations and the general public.
I'm a nationally certified fire & life safety educator as well as a former faculty member at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. I have numerous certifications from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and the National Fire Academy as well as other government agencies and professional training resources.
I have extensive training and experience in law enforcement and security.
I've spent my time on the streets as a patrol officer. I've also been a police field training officer, D.A.R.E. instructor, school resource officer and crisis intervention team member.
I've worked for a variety of agencies over the course of my career including municipal departments, schools, a state prison and a private military contractor.
As a professional mental health speaker, I offer presentations on depression and post-traumatic stress based on my personal experiences. PTSD and depression contributed to losing my marriage, my family, my job and my mental stability. It almost cost me my life also.
Disclaimer: The thoughts, opinions, views, comments and teaching presented in my writing, books, website, photos and other media are my own.
They do not represent any other entity for which I have been, am now or will be affiliated with.
Since the age of 17, music has been a passion and an outlet for me.
While I've dedicated my life to serving others, I've also had a dual career in entertainment.
I've worked as a professional DJ entertainer on the radio, in clubs and as a mobile operator as owner of my own business. I've also had a short run a stand up comedian.
Having this unique background has greatly enhanced my skills as a speaker and instructor. It's allowed me to create what I refer to as "edu-tainment". I engage my audience with lots of visuals, stories, personality, humor and energy to motivate and inspire while discussing sensitive topics which are usually not the most lively or fun.
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