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Richard Perse, II

Since 1980, he has been a Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor, American Heart Association Instructor Trainer, Medic First Aid instructor and currently HeartSmart is an educational center for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) which is an internationally renowned organization that provides training to meet regulatory requirements for OSHA, JCAHO, and state offices of EMS and Health.

Rich is a pioneer in public access defibrillation (PAD) programs and has been an AED implementation specialist for Philips Medical since 1997. He has helped numerous agencies such as the US Olympic Committee, CU-Boulder, CSU athletic department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado State courts, SunCor Energy and the City of Boulder put in their programs.


Nancy Perse, BSN, MSN

Nancy acts as a technical consultant for program development and Dr. Debra Gradick , the head of Avista Hospital ER, is our medical director for our AED programs.

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