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Course Contributors

Thank you for making this program possible and helping save lives.

Applying De-escalation and Safety to All Aspects of Life

Keeping Staff Safe Since 2019

Meet The Pioneers That Helped Develop this Program

Dave Fritsch


  • Owner of Iron Temple Training Center (ITTC)

  • DESS Creator and Thought Leader

  • Forty-year career in Self-Preservation Arts

  • Twenty-two years in Law Enforcement

  • 15 years’ experience with Behavioral and Mental Health

  • Dedicated over 10 years to Adults with disabilities  through  programs such as Autism Radio and            Life with Joy.

Marion Fritsch

Former Executive Director at National Council of Drug Abuse

  • Former Executive Director at National Council of Drug Abuse

  • 30 years working in substance abuse 

  • Crisis Counselor, Interventionist, Educator 

Dr. Paul Rockwood

NJ Licensed Psychologist

  • New Jersey Licensed Psychologist

  • New Jersey Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

  • Work centers around conflict resolution and dealing with life stressors. 

  • Deals extensively in treating alcohol and substance abuse.

Diana Sebzda

Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey

  • Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey

  • Fellow in Thanatology through association for death education and counseling

  • 17 Years as Director ID the Joseph T Quinlan Bereavement Center

  • 19 Years as Counseling, Education, Speaking, and Consulting

Danielle Struble


  • Worked in healthcare for 28 years in both private and CPT hospital settings. 

  • Titles held: CMA/ CMCCA/ NCET/ RN

  • Cardiac Nurse

  • Studied at Berkeley and Morris County College

Founder of Iron Temple Training Center



Dave Fritsch has taught Close Quarter Defensive (CQD) tactics to the US Military and a variety of local, county, and state law enforcement officials. He has developed Response Control Techniques (RCT) to healthcare and security professionals as well as first responders for over the past three decades. His Staff Response Training (SRT) is utilized in several healthcare facilities by healthcare professionals who have attended Iron Temple workshops. With over 40 years in the martial arts and 22 years as a member of law enforcement, David Fritsch continues to grow and adapt his theories and methods to the needs of society and his clients. His humanitarian approach to client safety and patient care, minimizes the use of force in exchange for a counterintuitive approach utilizing De-Escalation techniques.

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