Alfred Felker is the founder and director of Strategic Self Reliance and Defense,LLC.  He obtained numerous skills, promotions, commendations, certifications and high level tactical training during his law enforcement career as well as has having continued his education relating to wilderness and primitive skills, firearms training, wilderness survival, advanced land navigation, woodland search and rescue techniques and tracking.

Strategic Self Reliance and Defense,LLC was founded not only to provide solid firearms training geared towards the daily needs of those who wish to provide security for themselves and their loved ones, but also to provide self reliance training from basic to advanced skill levels. This training is available for all individuals who participate in outdoors activities which may place them in potentially harmful situations, or for those who just want to live a more self sufficient existence.

Alfred has a love for the outdoors and has spent time since early childhood, almost 40 years, hunting, studying and learning the Eastern Woodlands. He lives full time with very few modern conveniences in a woodland environment, and spends on average 6-8 months per year afield living a predominantly self sufficient lifestyle and away from modern culture. He also lives a largely homesteading lifestyle the remaining duration of each year.

He is also currently working on bridging a training gap he noticed during his years in public service, as well as since that time, related to non-specialized law enforcement/first responders/search and rescue personnel/rescue squads,etc. and their uninterrupted functionality in remote woodland areas over extended periods of time, and currently serves as a MantrackingSearch and Rescue Instructor for an area Rescue Unit.  His goal is to provide high level training in land navigation and woodland search and rescue techniques as well as  teaching self reliance and confidence building skill sets to those public service professionals. This will provide those first responders and their administrators the peace of mind to “keep them in the fight” regardless of changing environmental conditions.

TRAINING/HISTORY:

Over a decade in Law Enforcement serving in 3 Tennessee Law Enforcement agencies, as well as an area S.A.R. unit. Also worked previously with private and State Dept of Correction in 5 different correctional facilities.
POSITIONS:

  • Chief Deputy
  • Narcotics/Criminal Investigations (conducted urban and rural surveillance and reconnaissance, as well as organizing and executing search warrants)
  • Police/Patrol Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Street Crimes Unit
  • K-9 Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Patrol Supervisor
  • Aerosol Weapons Instructor
  • Impact Weapons Instructor
  • Field Training Officer
  • Correctional Supervisor
  • Bicycle Patrol Officer
  • S.R.T. Member
  • Mantracking/Search and Rescue Instructor

Since leaving law enforcement has worked in the private sector until transitioning to a mostly self reliant and self sufficient lifestyle and away from the typical lifestyle that modern living promotes.  He has also attended numerous firearms related training and instructor courses as well as several survival and primitive skills schools. Continues to pursue future relevant training and feels that one never stops learning until their last day on earth.


CERTIFICATIONS/TRAINING:

  • OPTIONS FOR PERSONAL SECURITY
  • TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (T.E.M.A.)
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE (NASAR)
  • GOVERNMENT TRACKER AND THE INSTITUTE FOR SPOOROLOGY RESEARCH
  • NATURE RELIANCE SCHOOL
  • NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL ACTIVE SHOOTER INSTRUCTOR
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.) PREPARING FOR MASS CASUALTY INCIDENTS – SCHOOLS,HIGHER EDUCATION AND HOUSES OF WORSHIP
  • TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE SARTECH EVALUATOR
  • P.P.C.T. MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
  • NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION OUTSIDE THE HOME / ADVANCED AND INSTRUCTOR
  • SIGMA 3 SURVIVAL SCHOOL
  • FORENSICS OF VISUAL TRACKING/SCOUT TRACKING OPERATIONS
  • THE PATHFINDER SCHOOL
  • U.S. ARMY 3RD SPECIAL FORCES
  • NRA DEFENSIVE PISTOL / INSTRUCTOR
  • WILDERNESS FIRST AID
  • SARTECH
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.) ACTIVE SHOOTER
  • NRA PERSONAL PROTECTION INSIDE THE HOME / INSTRUCTOR
  • NRA CERTIFIED PISTOL INSTRUCTOR
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.)WORKPLACE SECURITY AWARENESS
  • TRAINING JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION
  • URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE MANAGEMENT
  • RECOGNIZED EDUCATIONAL PARTNER OF THE COMMITTEE FOR TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE
  • TENNESSEE CORRECTION ACADEMY
  • CPR/AED/FIRST AID
  • TENNESSEE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.) COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS
  • INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS
  • STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY CERTIFIED HANDGUN INSTRUCTOR
  • NRA BASIC PISTOL INSTRUCTOR
  • AMERICAN SAFETY AND HEALTH INSTITUTE
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.)EMERGENCY SUPPORT FUNCTION – SEARCH AND RESCUE
  • TACTICAL,MEDICAL,EXPEDITIONARY (T.M.E) TRAINING
  • CPR/AED/FIRST AID/BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS/EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR
  • WILDERNESS FIRST AID/FIRST RESPONDER/EMT UPGRADE INSTRUCTOR
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (F.E.M.A.) EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
  • ADVANCED FIRST AID//BASIC LIFE SUPPORT/EMERGENCY OXYGEN ADMINISTRATION/CHILD CARE SAFETY INSTRUCTOR

TRAINED/SKILLED IN THE FOLLOWING RELEVANT SUBJECTS:
GRID AND PATTERN BASED SEARCHES, PERIMETERS, RAPPELLING, RIFLE, PISTOL, SHOTGUN, RIOT CONTROL, SELF CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS AND FIRE RESPONSE, NON-LETHAL WEAPONS, TRACKING, BASIC AND ADVANCED FIRST AID, WOODLAND SEARCHES, SELF RESCUE, RIFLE MARKSMANSHIP, IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (I.E.D.) RECOGNITION AND AVOIDANCE, CAMOUFLAGE TECHNIQUES, FIELDCRAFT, SMALL UNIT MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES, RECONNAISSANCE, FIRECRAFT, BASIC AND ADVANCED LAND NAVIGATION, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, WILDCRAFTING, SMALL UNIT WARNING AND OPERATIONS ORDERS, DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS, SELF DEFENSE, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (W.M.D.) AWARENESS, DEFENSIVE TACTICS, GAME TRACKING/HUNTING AND TRAPPING, AEROSOL WEAPONS, IMPACT WEAPONS, STANDARD AND ADVANCED WILDERNESS SURVIVAL, BUSHCRAFT, PRIMITIVE SKILLS – (PRIMITIVE FIRE METHODS, PRIMITIVE SHELTERS, WATER PROCUREMENT/TREATMENT METHODS, PRIMITIVE NAVIGATION, PRIMITIVE CONTAINERS, PRIMITIVE WEAPONS, PRIMITIVE TRAPS AND SNARES, EDIBLE AND MEDICINAL PLANTS, PRIMITIVE CORDAGE, PRIMITIVE FIBER ARTS, ANIMAL PROCESSING/PRESERVATION AND MORE.