About Northwest Response

Located in the Pacific Northwest

We primarily provide onsite training for corporate clients with open enrollment courses in Bremerton at the American Red Cross offices, and the occasional open enrollment in Gig Harbor at the Inn of Gig Harbor

Our Staff

Senior Instructors: Thomas Bliss, Dave Larkin are all acknowledged subject matter experts in Lay Responder through Emergency Medical Responder by occupation, and as Licensed Authorized Instructors.

Our Core Values

Our OSHA, Labor & Industries and USCG approved certification courses are designed to enhance confidence levels, strengthen skills, and foster a safer, more informed First Aid Responder.

We Foster Education

Northwest Response is dedicated to educating and empowering lay responders through professional emergency medical responders with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed, safe decisions when responding to a medical emergency whether at home, on the job, or in a public environment.


We Pursue Excellence

Northwest Response trains responders; we are not a certificate mill. If your goal is to learn how to respond to a medical emergency, or train your personnel, then we are your training solution.

We Are In Practice

Northwest Response trainers are dedicated healthcare professionals from EMR’s through Paramedics. We are passionate about training, and saving lives. You get real world examples, and real world expectations in emergency medical response.


We Create Fun

Most of our clients report back to us how informative and fun it is to attend one of our classes. We believe that adult education should be fun and informative; never a dull moment in our courses.

About The Founder

Captain Thomas Bliss is a Licensed USCG Master Mariner and self described “Safety Nerd” who has logged approximately 2800 hours a year in various safety training courses from BST, Emergency Medical Responder, complex SAR (Search and Rescue) training courses and Fast Rescue Boat OTW operations. As a cold water survival expert Thomas has traveled to the far reaches of the planet including the Beaufort Sea,  270 miles north of the Arctic Circle to teach cold water survival to seismic ship-board exploration crews.

A former Assistant Director for Fremont Maritime Services/India Tango where he specialized in Maritime Safety and Response Training; Thomas continues to serve with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary as a COXSWAIN in the 13th Coast Guard District. Thomas dedicates his time not only to educate professional mariners, but also to community recreational boating education.

Thomas is also the founder Northwest First Aid, an event stand-by EMS service providing care and medical coverage to thousands of event patrons from Marathons to Music Festivals.

For the past 25 years Thomas has resided in the Maritime Community of Gig Harbor, WA.