Darren Foote was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, where he currently resides with his wife of 31 years. They have 5 children.
He owned and operated a property maintenance company while still in High School. In 1988 he became the co-founder of a construction company specializing in insurance-related repairs (wind/water/fire/smoke) with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. Responsible for the company’s 24-hour emergency water and smoke damage cleanup services, Darren received his IICRC WRT certification in 1994. This opened his eyes to the exciting potentials of water damage remediation using the proper equipment and science, which, coupled with his experience in the construction industry, gave him a passion for structural drying which has never left him.
In 2007, after over 20 years as owner/operator of Foote Brothers Construction and Water Extraction Technologies (W.E.T.) a Restoration/Construction company with offices in Nevada and Utah, W.E.T. was acquired by BELFOR Property Restoration, the largest restoration company in the world. Darren retained ownership of Remediation Training Institute, which was founded in 2006.
Darren became the General Manager for Remediation in Reno and Salt Lake City for BELFOR, and later become the Director of Training and later the Head of Technical Training for BELFOR USA and 1-800WATERDAMAGE, providing and overseeing staff training, quality assurance implementation, and technical support for existing and acquired offices and new franchisees. Darren also provided project management & quality control on CAT Losses. He also co-developed and implemented the Classification and Competency Program for BELFOR personnel and the on-line training system.
Darren owns and operates Remediation Training & Consulting, an IICRC approved school and provides industry training and consulting throughout the United States and Canada for technicians, Insurance Agents, Adjusters, Facility Managers, Risk Managers, Real Estate Agents, and other industry professionals.
Darren has personally completed thousands of successful water damage jobs with clients ranging from individual homeowners, to large homebuilders, hospitals, hotels, school districts and government buildings. His knowledge and passion are evident in his presentations. Darren has presented many classes, workshops, and seminars, live and online. He has also been retained in numerous cases as an expert witness or to provide job/estimate analysis and review.
IICRC WRT Technical Advisory Committee Vice Chairman
RIA Education Sub-Committee Chairman
Listed Contributor ANSI/IICRC S500 2015 4th Edition
Consensus Body Member ANSI/IICRC S500 5th Edition
RIA Certified Restorer (CR) #526
RIA Water Loss Specialist (WLS) #107
ACAC Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor (CMRS) #702117
ACAC Council-certified Structural Drying Supervisor (CSDS) #1201024
ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate (HCC)
IICRC Approved Instructor WRT & ASD
IICRC Certified Master Water Restorer (MWR)
IICRC Certified Master Fire/Smoke Restorer (MSR)
IICRC Certified Water Damage Restoration (WRT)
IICRC Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration (FSRT)
IICRC Certified Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT)
IICRC Certified Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
IICRC Certified Health & Safety (HST) (10 hour OSHA)
IICRC Odor Control (OCT)
IICRC Carpet Repair and Reinstallation (RRT)
IICRC Carpet Cleaning (CCT)
IICRC Certified Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning (UFT)
IICRC Certified Journeyman Textile Cleaner (JTC)
IICRC Trauma & Crime Scene (TCST)
CTS Successful Subrogation I & II (and approved Instructor)
EPA Certified Renovator (RRP) #R-I-18599-10-00290 (intentionally lapsed)
OSHA 30 Hour Trained #600463310
EPA AHERA Accredited Asbestos Inspector #25473IR (intentionally lapsed)
Accepted/Designated Expert Witness
Major Projects/ CAT Response
Reno/Sparks Nevada Flooding 1997
Reno/Sparks Nevada Flooding 2005
Roseville Mall Fire/Water Damage 2010
Nashville Floods 2010
Superstorm Sandy 2012
Boston Blizzard 2015
Hurricane Matthew 2016
Hurricane Harvey 2017
California Wildfires 2017
“Made learning the material fun and kept the entire class involved” -Joseph N.
“Great examples of personal experiences. Great explanations of principles”
What did you like most…”Extensive knowledge & experience; related lots of instruction to real world, actual situations”