Brian Horner

Brian HornerDirector, Founder


About Brian:


Brian Horner, founder and president of LTR Training Systems Inc., is a professional instructor specializing in rescue and survival training programs. He is a leader in the field of development of instructional programs designed specifically for behavior-based emergency response training. 

Brian founded LTR Training Systems (Learn to Return) in 1986 after a successful 11-year career in the U.S. military as a specialized SERE Instructor (Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion). He used this career as a stepping stone to high altitude climbing and a position on the Denali National Park high altitude rescue patrol. What followed were numerous expeditions as both a medic and a rope safety professional, including positions as a field safety specialist in Antarctica, Greenland, Peru, Russia, the Georgia Republic, China and Costa Rica.

He is well versed and educated in all disciplines of safety and rescue training and speaks internationally on cold weather survival and emergency decision making. He started the scuba programs at the University of Alaska and developed swiftwater rescue training for northern oil spill workers. As a remote medical instructor, he has spoken for the Wilderness Medical Society, The International Society for Mountain Medicine, FEMA, SOMA, and is on the review committee for the State of Alaska Guidelines for Delayed Care Treatments. Brian specializes in discussions of the treatment of suspension trauma, remote medicine and underwater escape from submerged vehicles.


Training and Certifications:

  • USAF Survival, Escape, and Evasion Specialist
  • US Army Parachutist
  • US DOI Aircraft Immersion/ Survival Instructor
  • Wilderness EMT I Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor
  • Tactical LE Medic, H&K Firearms
  • Tactical LE Medic, Insight Training School
  • State of Alaska, Emergency Trauma Technician
  • NRA Instructor (National Rifle Association: Pistol)
  • NRA Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO)
  • HIT, Alaska Hunters Education Instructor
  • NAUI Certified Scuba instructor: All Specialties
  • PADI Certified Master Scuba Diver, Dive Master
  • Dive Rescue Specialist, Dive Rescue International, CO.
  • MSTC, University of SL, Lifeboat Coxswain
  • SRT II, Swiftwater Rescue Technician, Instructor, Certified Lifeguard
  • AMSEA Instructor (Alaska Marine Safety Education Association)
  • HUET Ratings: MSTC, SSI Halifax, RGIT
  • NFPA Certified Professional Rescue Technician - Structural, Confined Space
  • Miller Fall Protection Wind Tower Instructor
  • Petzl Competent Equipment Inspector
  • Capital Safety Competent Person / Competent Industrial Rescuer
  • Speaks passable Spanish and Russian


Specialized assignments:

  • National Park Service, Denali National Park, High Altitude Rescue Patrol
  • Assistant Mountain Guide Denali, Mountain Trip Expeditions
  • Member of Alaska Mountain Rescue Group
  • ASAP-Helicopter Dive Rescue Team, Kodiak, Alaska
  • US Customs Service, Aviation Survival Instructor, US, Puerto Rico
  • DEA, Drug Enforcement Administration, Aviation Survival Instructor, US, Puerto Rico
  • US Army Assignment, Desert Survival Instructor 5th Group Special Forces
  • WMS, Wilderness Medical Society, Conference Faculty
  • SOMA (Special Operations Medical Association) Conference Faculty
  • ISMM, Bolzano Italy, X World Congress on High Altitude Medicine and Physiology, Faculty
  • University of Alaska, Wilderness Studies Instructor,
  • Mt. Vaughan Antarctic Expedition, National Geographic Television, 1993
  • Mountain Guide, Lost Warriors of the Clouds, Discovery Channel, Chachapoyas, Peru 1997
  • Greenland, 2013, Grumman Duck, "Frozen in Time Expedition" Glacier Field Safety Specialist
  • Search/Rescue team for Cody Dial, Corcovado Costa Rica