The Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center was founded in 1976 by Willard “Willie” J. Wright, an active FDNY firefighter and a trained EMT. Willie recognized a need for more training opportunities beyond what was only available to the municipal employee or the standard first aid course that provided minimal training.
SIEMT became one of the first New York State Department of Health EMS Course Sponsors and, in 1977, began offering CPR training through the American Red Cross. In 1980, SIEMT added American Heart Association courses to the list of offerings which led to being awarded the status as an authorized AHA training center. Through the years, SIEMT has provided EMT training, AHA training, instructor training, and internships, training thousands of emergency medical technicians, including our current medical director, who is now a Physician for the FDNY.
SIEMT has hundreds of instructors affiliated with the AHA training center and has been the starting point for many people to enter a career in healthcare or public service. SIEMT has been a family since its inception and has even been responsible for the marriage of two senior instructors.