Marine Emergency Response Group
Maritime Training for Maritime Professionals

Public Safety Emergency Response Training
NASBLA BOAT Program Courses
USCG Captains License Courses
Jet Boat Operations


Jim McAllister - Owner / Instructor
Jim began his service in public safety as a lifeguard for a boys and girls club in upstate New York in the early 1980’s. Jim has served as a volunteer firefighter since 1985 in New York, Florida, and Virginia, and has held every rank up to Department Chief, including Assistant Chief of Marine Operations for the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department in Northern Virginia. He earned his instructor certifications within the fire service in 1995 and became a Commonwealth of Virginia Fire Programs Associate Instructor 1996. Jim currently holds numerous fire department certifications for both fire and EMS.
Jim also holds a USCG Master 100 Ton License a with Towing Endorsement. Through this experience, Jim has become a USCG Approved instructor for the USCG Merchant Mariner Master Certification, OUPV and Towing courses.
Jim is an instructor for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrator's (NASBLA) Fire Boat Small, Boat Crew Member and Boat operator Search and Rescue courses.

Jim has written specifications, designed, and purchased equipment for the fire department including the marine division for the past several years. He has provided input and design considerations for the MCM, fire boat series “FIRESTORM” and PHOENIX”.

As the training coordinator for the Potomac River Rescue Association, Jim has planned and conducted several multi-jurisdictional maritime response drills.

Jim has served on or currently serves on the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, Potomac River Regional Response Plan Committee, and the USCG National Capital Region Area Maritime Committee.

Currently employed as an air traffic controller for the FAA, Jim has earned additional instructor credentials and has helped develop courses that are taught across the country today. He spent several years researching, designing, and purchasing equipment used by the FAA in today’s air traffic operations.