Our Approach

Using our combined 40 years of law enforcement experience specializing in tactical response, we create customer specific training programs that are realistic and of the highest quality. Our programs are designed to help you prevent, prepare, and survive workplace violence, active shooter, and terrorist attacks. We have trained well over 1000 civilians and law enforcement officers in active shooter response. We look forward to doing the same for your organization.

Our Story

Over the past 6 years we have instructed over 1,000 citizens, as well as law enforcement, the survival skills needed during Active Shooter events.  It all started out as part of our assigned duties as law enforcement officers for our agency.  As time went on we noticed the increased need for more education in the private sector.  As the demand for this training increased, we found ourselves having to turn away smaller groups.  Our agency and many other local police departments are simply not able to handle the high demand, so we decided to go out on our own and opened Survival Response LLC.  Our motto is ‘Ad vita paramus,’  which translates to “We are preparing for life.”

Meet the Team

Gene Petrino


Gene Petrino is a highly decorated Law Enforcement Officer, SWAT Commander, Street Crimes Unit Sergeant, and Educator whose dedication to keeping people from harm’s way has earned him the reputation as a an ambassador of safety.  Over the course of nearly three decades, he has gained in-depth expertise in the areas of tactical command, security threat analysis, and active shooter instruction.

With his passion for helping people survive running as deep as it does, Gene decided to establish Survival Response LLC., where he is on a mission to teach businesses, religious organizations, and public agencies how to effectively respond to active shooter situations in order to reduce and more importantly, prevent mass casualties in the first place.


  • B.A. Criminology University of South Florida
  • University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Command Officers Development Course Graduate

Assignments (Current to Past)

  • S.WA.T. Commander
  • Street Crimes Unit Sergeant
  • Patrol Sergeant
  • Multi Agency Gang Task Force Officer
  • S.W.A.T. Operator
  • Internal Affairs (Temporary Assignment relating to Specialized Investigation)
  • Field Force Commander
  • Bike Patrol Sergeant
  • Domestic Violence Response Team
  • Road Patrol Officer

Instructor Qualifications

Instructor Certifications:

  • Active Shooter/Killer Instructor
  • S.W.A.T. School Instructor
  • Firearms Instructor
  • Chemical Munitions
  • Distractive Devices
  • Chemical Aerosol
  • Impact/Less Lethal Munitions

Jay Kowalewski


Over 15 years of experience as a law enforcement officer with extensive experience in tactical operations and active shooter instruction to both law enforcement and public organizations.


  • B.A. Communications University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Assignments (Current to Past)

  • S.W.A.T Team Leader
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Officer
  • Multi Agency Gang Task Force
  • Field Force
  • Road Patrol

Instructor Qualifications

  • Firearms Instructor
  • M4 & MP5 Machine Gun Instructor
  • Ballistic Shield Instructor
  • Chemical Munitions Instructor
  • Impact/Less Lethal Instructor
  • Distractive Devices
  • Simunition Instructor
  • S.W.A.T. School Instructor
  • Active Shooter/Killer Instructor

Next Steps…

Call us today to schedule a free consultation.