About Us

Our Mission

Giving firefighters the knowledge and skills to mitigate elevator entrapments

A simple-to-complex procedure firefighters can follow to assure minimal to no damage, maximum efficiency, and most important, quick civilian rescues without harm to occupants or firefighters.

We’re ready to train you!
Anyplace. Anytime.

“The better prepared you are, the more likely your chances are of successfully rescuing someone, and making a positive difference in another person’s life.”

— Captain Mike Zichichi
Vacaville Fire Department
Founder of Specialized Rescue Training

Meet Your Instructor


Michael Zichichi has been a professional firefighter since 2000. Currently a Captain with the Vacaville Fire Department, Mike is a Shift Training Assistant and has been a registered California State Fire Training Instructor since 2007. His specialty is technical rescue skills.

Mike has shared his expertise in elevator entrapments and rescue since 2015 and founded Specialized Rescue Training that same year. He has taught elevator rescue skills to hundreds of California firefighters through his 8-hour, in-person training. Now he has developed an online companion class, to reach even more first responders.

Read Solutions to Mitigate Elevator Entrapments Mike wrote for Firefighter Nation.