Walt Riley

    Mike McCreary is an owner of the Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy located in Mobile, Alabama.  He joined the fire service full time in 1981.  In 1996 he began instructing full time and has taught courses all across the United States and in several foreign countries such as Australia, Central America and Turkey.  Mike has a degree in Fire Service Management and currently serves as a member of the NFPA 1006 ‚ÄúProfessional Rescue Technician‚ÄĚ committee.  Mike has had a passion for the fire service and training for now more than 33 years.



    • Alabama State Fire College (ProBoard): Firefighter I&II, Apparatus Operator, Aerial Apparatus, Fire Officer I&II, Fire Service Instructor I, HazMat Technician, Live Fire Awareness , Rope Rescue Awareness, High Angle Rope Rescue, Industrial Fire Brigade Member Incipient, Advanced Exterior, Interior, Marine Firefighter
    • RISC America/Rural Metro Emergency Response Corporation: Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician, HazMat Technician, Industrial Firefighter
    • Radiological Monitoring
    • Nationally Registered EMT-Basic
    • University of South Alabama EMT-Paramedic
    • NIMS 100, 200, 300, 700, 800
    • AHA CPR Instructor


    Experience/Work History

    • 1989-present Mobile Fire Rescue Department. Positions held: Firefighter, Firemedic, Driver, Company Officer.
    • 21 years as a Company Officer on Mobile Fire Rescue Department
    • Captain of the Mobile Fire Rescue  Hazardous Materials Response Team
    • 4 years as a Training Officer at the Mobile Fire Rescue Training Academy
    • Member of newly established High Angle Rescue Team on Mobile Fire Rescue Department
    • Assistant Instructor for RISC America/Rural Metro Corp.
    • 20 years of industrial Emergency Response Training
    • Instructor for Specialty Rescue Training inc.
    • Contract Chemical Plant Operator at kerr-McGee Chemical.
    • Academy Position
    • Training Program Manager



    Over the last thirty years, Randy has served in various positions in the public service arena ranging from local law enforcement, electronic security to national defense. He previously owned an alarm company that was the First Alert authorized dealer in Southwest Georgia. For over a decade, Randy served in the global war on terror as a Special Forces Group Commander and prior to retirement, he completed his last assignment as the Deputy Commanding General of the United States Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, NC. Now Randy brings his business development skills and tactical experience to the Gulf Coast Academy team.

  • Walt Riley
  • Walt Riley