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The focus of Emergency Skills, Inc. (ESI) is to train corporate employees to respond confidently and calmly to workplace emergencies. Our goal is to save lives and to improve quality of life through a properly handled emergency.

Founded in 1977, ESI offers quality safety training programs to businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and individuals in the New York City area. Since 1997, ESI has been working to expand the availability of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). ESI is currently the main distributor for Philips Medical Systems in New York City. 

In 2000, ESI was selected to become an American Heart Association Training Center. Currently, we train more corporate employees in the Heartsaver AED program than any other training center in New York. In 2007 alone we trained over 15,000 people. Nearly 100 percent of our AED training programs are on the Heartstart AED.

As of July 2003, ESI received the added distinction of Multi-Regional Training Center. This enables ESI to offer training anywhere in the United States. 

We maintain a close relationship with both our clients and the Regional EMS Council of New York City, the agency that collects all AED data for New York City. ESI also stocks essential accessories for the HeartStart AED and provides same day delivery if needed. 

Selecting ESI will enable you to have access to our knowledge and expertise in the field of automated defibrillation, training and public health law compliance. 


Executive Staff

Sarah Gillen
Training Center Faculty

Ms. Gillen started working at Emergency Skills, Inc. in 1986. It began as an after-school and summer job in high school and continued through college. Upon graduating from University at Buffalo in 1993, she has specialized in professional education. In 1995 Ms. Gillen began working full time with ESI. As of 1999, she and Ms. Niebur, ESI’s founder, are the partners in ESI.

Ms. Gillen is the Instructor Trainer for Emergency Skills, Inc. She is the lead sales person for the Philips Medical Systems HeartStart Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and our turnkey public access defibrillation program.

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Lucille Niebur

Ms. Niebur founded Emergency Skills, Inc. in 1977. ESI was the frst company in New York to offer this type of training. Prior to founding ESI, Ms. Niebur was Assistant Director of Ambulatory Care for Beekman Hospital. She was the first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Instructor in New York. In 1977, she developed the ALIVE! First Aid training program. It was the first program to be recognized by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and is still the only first aid program specifically tailored to the emergency response needs of corporate employees. 

Dore Lebeau M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Lebeau graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed a residency at New York University in Internal Medicine in 2001 and is now in private practice in Manhattan. She also has a Masters in Public Health from Boston University.

Dr. Lebeau has been affiliated with Emergency Skills, Inc. since 1993 and has served as their Medical Director since 1999.