• Trainers of OSHA and Federal regulatory compliance
  • Experts in vertical, confined space and trench rescue
  • Fire suppression and industrial fire brigade training
  • Emergency medical training (first aid, CPR and AED)

START Group is a nationally recognized corporation that provides specialized safety and technical rescue services. START Group’s core expertise includes classroom and manipulative skills training related to OSHA Compliance, Technical Rescue, Industrial Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Training, Emergency Preparedness and Traffic Control. In addition to training, START Group also provides specialty services including respirator fit testing, transit emergency management, expert witness and loss control evaluations. Training and specialty services are delivered through a nationwide network of certified, experienced and highly knowledgeable staff comprised of firefighters, rescuers, EMT personnel and safety and loss control professionals.

START Group is a privately owned corporation managed under the leadership of Director, Michael J. Kelly. The corporation is currently comprised of sixteen primary instructors, twenty-three support instructors, and six office support personnel. START Group was founded in 1995 and was originally known as Michael J. Kelly, Safety Consulting. For more than 20 years, START Group has provided service to countless public and private entities throughout the United States. Clients include municipalities, fire departments, park districts, schools, hospitals, manufacturing, construction, commercial businesses and more.

In order to provide our customers with superior services, START Group is partners in training with the following companies: Air One Equipment, Amerisafe Group, Elevated Safety, Gallagher Bassett, PSS, and Technical Rescue Products.

  TSA TWIC Certified

"...thank you for the professionalism and thoroughness demonstrated as you trained our employees in Permit-Required Confined Space Entry and Rescue... I couldn't recommend your services more highly."

-Juliette Garesché, Environmental Health and Safety Manager
Kemper Valve & Fittings Corporation

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"START Group has provided specialized safety training for our plant for the last decade. Because of their hard work, countless lives have been saved during our dangerous confined space entries."


-Al Holewinski, Pechiney Plastics Pkg., Inc.
Formerly American National Can Company

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"Thanks to START Group for providing Confined Space and High Angle Rope Rescue training for our department. The training we receive from START Group far exceeds any training we have received in the valley."

-A-Shift, Clearwater Paper Fire Department

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"You graciously offered your personal time and rearranged your busy schedule to build a training program that would be presented before 1,500
first-responders. It was your creativity, work ethic and ‘make it happen’ attitude that was truly enjoyable to work with."

-Captain Jeff P. Delinski, Metro Transit Police

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"The Chicago Fire Department’s transition into MSA Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus was handled in the highest professional manner imaginable. The actions of your organization have spoken louder than words and have gained the highest respect from this great department."

-James T. Joyce, Fire Commissioner, Chicago Fire Department

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"Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago has been very fortunate to employ the services of Michael J. Kelly and the START Group for the majority of our confined space, trenching/shoring and respirator training classes."

- Jack Fahey, Chairman of Catholic Cemeteries of Chicago’s
Environmental Advisory Committee

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"From new students to long time members, we can always be assured that the best possible training will be from the members of START Group and look forward to the future trainings we will receive."

- Captain/Training Officer, David Primaky, Company A,
Clearwater Paper Fire Department

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"The Team ensured compliance with confined space regulations, and gave me a sense of confidence that the work could be progressed in a manner that minimized risk to health and safety, while at the same time allowing for productive construction operations."

- Ralph Swenson, PE, City of Kingston, NY

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