ARES Instructor Profile

Justin Miller

  • Lead Instructor

Justin Miller is a 20+ year veteran of the US military, fire service, and civilian EMS. Justin started his medical career as a sports medicine student and shortly thereafter joined the US Army and spent seven years as an infantry medic sergeant with a deployment to a war torn Bosnia and earning multiple awards. Justin then continued to grow his skill set as a firefighter and ultimately a captain and Fire Training Officer with multiple fire departments. He was responsible for the overall training and education for several public safety disciplines. He was also awarded Firefighter of the Year... Twice. Simultaneously, Justin began his law enforcement career with multiple agencies, quickly utilizing his medical and hazmat knowledge for special operations medicine and high risk rescue skill sets. Justin is currently a Master Swat Operator on an active SWAT Team as well as an active shooter and stop the bleed instructor. After leaving the Army, Justin then joined the US Air Force and continued to educate and lead the next generations of firefighters. He has also had an international impact, serving and training host nation firefighters in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan while filling roles such as Rescue Instructor, Fire Training Officer, Crew Chief, and technical advisor to the US State Department. Justin holds a B.S. degree in Fire Service Administration and an A.A.S. Degree in Fire Science. In his diverse career, Justin has amassed numerous certifications, qualifications, and commendations across multiple public safety agencies and military affiliations. Throughout his career, Justin has maintained a high level of passion for leading and training those that serve and protect others.


  • 2017Columbia Southern University - Fire Service Administration
  • 2016Columbia Southern University - Fire Science
  • 1998Poplarville High School


  • EMS Instructor
  • Fire Service Instructor
  • Law Enforcement Instructor
  • Technical Rescue Instructor


  • 2018Poplarville Fire Department Dedication to Service
  • 2003Firefighter of the Year - Poplarville Fire Department
  • 2002Firefighter of the Year - Poplarville Fire Department