About Us

Mission Statement

Training For Safety, Incorporated is a California nonprofit, public-benefit, 501 (c)(3) corporation. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of safety-related training for government employees, security professionals, and the general public. We accomplish this goal by combining exceptionally qualified staff with motivated and experienced instructors, using the latest adult-based learning techniques, to produce an educational product which is always accurate, up-to-date, and informative. In addition, we offer select consulting services and products which complement our training and add to the overall safety of our clientele.

Our Instructors

James O'Neil, ENP began his public safety career in the mid 1980's and recently retired from public safety as an Inspector with a San Francisco Bay Area police department. He has worked in patrol, crime prevention, public relations, corrections, traffic, training, and investigations. He also spent eight years as a Telecommunications Specialist in a Bay Area 9-1-1 center.

Mr. O'Neil began teaching public safety personnel in 1993, first at the basic academy level, and then in-service training. His areas of specialty include: Slow and high-speed driving; Emergency vehicle operations; Driver simulator instruction; Public safety technology, Tactical communications; and Workplace violence.

James has been with Training for Safety since its inception. He is a Senior Instructor, and also serves on the Corporation's nonprofit Board of Directors as a corporate officer. He has a Bachelor's degree in Management.

James O'Neil
650-692-0437 ext 104

Janet Childs is the Director of Education for the Centre for Living with Dying in Santa Clara, and the Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team. A former Emergency Room Nurse, Janet has over 30 years of experience dealing with Public Safety and Critical Incident stress.

She has a Bachelor's degree (Special Major) in Psychology and English from San Jose State University, and has a Masters degree in Theology. Janet is a Certified Diplomats by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She has taught hundreds of stress management and critical incident courses to thousands of public safety personnel throughout the United States and worldwide conducting training and debriefing for the survivors and first responders of the 1989 Loma Prieda Earthquake, the Oakland Hills Firestorm, urban search and rescue and first responders involved in the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Some of her many accomplishments include working with victims of Hurricane Katrina in both Louisiana and Mississippi, establishing Critical Incident Stress Management teams in Sydney, Melbourne, Moscow, Northern Ireland and countless other locations across the United States.

She presently oversees the educational programs and coordinates the Bay Area Critical Incident Stress Management Team. For the past 14 years, she has offered POST Certified Training for public safety personnel and for the past 23 years, has provided Certified Training for social workers, nurses and therapists. Combining her love of music with her personal and professional experience with loss, she creates a safe and healing environment to gently examine these difficult life issues.

Because of her teaching style, care, and concern, Janet is one of our most popular and most often requested instructors.

Janet Childs

Dennis Dunne began his law enforcement career three decades ago as a reserve police officer while attending college at the University of California, Davis. After graduating with a BA in Political Science, Dennis was hired as a regular police officer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He worked in patrol, investigations and traffic and was promoted to sergeant in 1979 which is also when he completed his Master's Degree in Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame. Dennis instructed at several law enforcement regional academies and retired from full-time law enforcement in 2002.

After retiring, Dennis worked full-time for a regional law enforcement training academy where he was an instructor and coordinator for in-service courses such as FTO, Background Investigation, Law Enforcement Driving Simulator, Force Option Simulator and various Supervisory Courses.


Dr. Agi Schenley, Ph.D., LMFT, is a Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Crisis Intervention Trainer. She has dedicated her work to Public Safety and First Responder training since 1996.

Agi earned her Ph.D. in Clinical/Forensic Psychology and also possesses a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Bachelor's degree in International Business and Economics.

Agi is a well-known and experienced First Responder and Mental Health Trainer, and has developed a variety of courses and consultation services for State and County agencies, private businesses, and the general public. Agi is also a certified 5150 trainer and has taught thousands of First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, and Public Safety Employees.

Her training focuses on behavioral management, as it applies to crisis intervention and prevention. This results in a more effective, compassionate, and safer approach to interact with persons suffering from emotional distress and / or mental illness. She also teaches verbal and nonverbal communication and de-escalation techniques. These skills address the trainees´ ability to deal with their own stress, anxieties, and emotions when confronted with challenging situations.

Dr. Agi Schenley
831 261-4709

Rey Pagarigan has over two decades of Public Safety experience on the San Francisco Peninsula, serving as a Police Officer, Tactical Public Safety Dispatcher, and Academy Instructor. On the evening of September 9, 2010, he was the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Dispatcher for San Mateo County and was tasked with coordinating the response of over 100 law enforcement units from 23 different jurisdictions to the San Bruno gas main explosion and fire.

Rey is a foremost authority in Chemical Suicide Hazards for First Responders. He currently works as a patrol officer and a part time dispatcher. Rey has been an Instructor with Training For Safety since 2010.

Rey Pagarigan
650 504-1175

Dave Hall began his law enforcement career in 1985. Since then he has held a variety of assignments including patrol officer, detective, field training officer, gang investigator, Sergeant, watch commander, and personnel and training unit supervisor. For twenty years, Dave has been interested in the subject of leadership in police organizations. Early on, Dave worked with POST in California on the development of programs related to organizational effectiveness and culture awareness. Within his own agency, he has coordinated strategic planning, leadership development, and peer support. Dave has taught leadership classes for the Leadership in Police Organizations (LPO) program, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The LPO is modeled after the West Point Leadership Program. In addition to the leadership positions he has held in public safety, Dave has led community based organizations as a Board Member and Board President. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies. He continues to put into practice leadership principles as a supervisor for a Bay Area police department.

Dave Hall
650 692-0437 ext 115

Heather Gonzalez has 15 years of dispatch experience in San Mateo County, serving as a fire/police/EMS dispatcher and training officer, as well as a per-diem dispatcher for the towns of Atherton & Belmont. Heather is a Team Captain for the San Mateo County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is trained in crisis intervention. She is also a tactical dispatcher for the County of San Mateo Regional Tactical Dispatch Team. Heather was recently certified as a Terrorism Liaison Officer. Along with Training For Safety Instructor Rey Pagarigan, Heather was the primary fire dispatcher on September 10th, 2010 for the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion. She also developed our active shooter class for dispatchers.

Heather holds a bachelors degree in Law & Society from UC Santa Barbara.

Heather Gonzalez
650 740-5105