Help Emergency Medical Training Save Lives

Has someone you know died from cardiac arrest? There's a good chance the answer to this question is yes. As per the American Heart Association, "The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives."  Want to join me in making a difference? Please consider donating to Emergency Medical Training an authorized American Heart Association Training Center. We are trying to raise money which will help us to continue offering life-saving training in our communities. Your tax deductible donation will make a difference and could result in saving a life.  Donations go into our general fund which allow us to purchase/upgrade equipment, help with expenses of running a Training Center as well as provide community CPR awareness courses and place Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) in all public places. I would like to invite you to read our story down below as well as to invite you to visit our website at  . In addition, I would like to thank you in advance for your contribution towards making our Training Center successful in saving lives. 

CPR Facts & Statistics as per the AHA

"Globally, cardiac arrest claims more lives than colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, influenza, pneumonia, auto accidents, HIV, firearms, and house fires combined."

"According to 2014 data, nearly 45 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survived when bystander CPR was administered. The majority of Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrests (OHCA) occurs at public settings (18.8 percent), mostly homes/residences (69.5%) and nursing homes (11.7%).

"Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statist could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur. Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love."

About our Organization

Emergency Medical Training is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. A receipt will be sent to each donor. In addition, you do have the opportunity to be listed on our donors page of our website.

Our Story

My name is Stephanie Griffith and I am the Executive Director for Emergency Medical Training. Our Training Center has quite a history and it's important for me to share that with you.  Our Training Center is technically Exeter Ambulance Association d/b/a Emergency Medical Training. Back in 2010, our Executive Director was thinking about closing our Training Center. I didn't want that to happen because I knew the training that was being provided was so important and critical to the members of our community. At that point, we were small but had potential to grow. 

From 2010 through 2015, we grew our Training Center quite a bit and was helping so many people in the community. Unfortunately, it was announced in 2015, that Exeter Ambulance Association was closing the ambulance portion of the association due to being in debt. At that time, I had a very hard decision to make. Do I keep our Training Center going and work through obstacles that I knew were coming? Or do I close the Training Center I worked so hard to build. It was a decision that I struggled with as the AHA said our entity had to stay the same or else we would have to close.  At that point, I choose to keep the Training Center opened and vowed that I would work through all the obstacles that I knew were coming. 

Quite a few people asked me,  is it really work it to pay down all the debt just to continue a Training Center?" The answer was yes. I hold CPR training very close to my heart. And there is a reason for that.  When I was in high school, I knew I wanted to go into the medical field. My first choice was nursing, so I took all the health courses I possibly could including CPR and First Aid classes. When I was 18 and a senior in high school, my dad went into cardiac arrest on the evening of February 1st, 1999. I performed CPR on him until EMS arrived to take over his care. Unfortunately, he passed away because he had a massive heart attack. This hit me hard because I had went through the courses and knew how to perform CPR, so why didn't it work?  The one detail our instructor left out was that when someone has a heart attack that is bad enough, the heart being a muscle is damaged, and no longer able to sustain a rhythm.  The one comfort I had was at least I knew what to do. If it wasn't a massive heart attack, the skills I performed could have saved his life. This is what fueled me to keep our Training Center going because I believe everyone should know how to do CPR. 

So I continued my journey and worked hard and in 2016, we were approved by the American Heart Association to become a National Training Center. We were growing and more and more people were getting trained but the debt was still there.  I did make the decision to forfeit my paycheck for almost 2 years just to keep this Training Center running. It was the only thing I could do in order to work through the past debt. It hit our family hard but I can honestly say I am very blessed to have the support to do this from my family.  In addition, the support we have received and continue to receive from Dr. Patrick Borja at the Spine and Wellness Center has made it possible for us to continue. Without his support in giving us a place to hold our classes, I can honestly say we wouldn't have made it to where we are today. I am very blessed for all the help and support that I have received to keep this Training Center running.  

There is nothing more rewarding than to have a past student come back to me and tell me that they performed CPR and saved a life.  That is what makes this all worth it. I have so many dreams for our Training Center but unfortunately everything costs money. That is where you come in. With your donation, we will be able to upgrade our equipment to provide quality training. In addition, we will be able to offer more community programs and discounted training for students, girl/boy scouts, etc. Currently, we offer 3 community CPR events for the community. We work in conjunction with State Representative, Mark Rozzi and Berks Technical Institute to provide these. In addition, we hold 2 at the Spine and Wellness Center each year however this is not enough. We need to offer more of these events. 

In addition, I believe all high school students should know how to perform CPR, operate an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and perform First Aid. I also believe that every place of business should have an AED. Unfortunately, all of these things cost money and that is where you come in. Your monetary contribution can help us offer these services to more people and make our community much healthier and safer.  I thank you in advance for taking the time to hear our story and I thank you for considering your support towards helping us make a difference in our community.  

43833494_1575659106343772_r.jpegCPR Class at Twin Valley School District

43833494_1575659142793769_r.jpegCommunity CPR Event (Volunteers) - Spine & Wellness Center

43833494_1575659182407685_r.jpegCommunity CPR at the Spine & Wellness Center

43833494_1575659584450973_r.jpegBaby Sitter Training Class - Spine & Wellness Center

43833494_1575659619545093_r.jpegBLS Provider Course - Spine & Wellness Center

43833494_1575659663350919_r.jpegBLS Provider Course (Skills Testing) - Spine & Wellness Center

43833494_1575659831503652_r.jpegAED Training - Grove Dental
43833494_1575659889511788_r.jpegGrove Dental Staff - After completion of the BLS Renewal Course


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Stephanie Griffith 
Reading, PA
Emergency Medical Training 
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