Rich Rattan In 2006, Rich Rattan had a dream become reality when he formed Safe Health Educators. He has a continuous mission of providing premium educational programs for emergency service professionals, and consultative services for organizations. Rich Rattan has been providing emergency services in challenging environments for over 30 years. With experience as a Captain in the United Nations Fire Service, he was tasked with training 360 firefighters to FDNY standards, procuring equipment, and opening 17 independent fire stations in Kosovo and Bosnia. Rich offers a vast background in the healthcare field and emergency services, consisting of; working as a Paramedic in New York City, volunteering as a firefighter on Long Island while serving as Captain three times.  

Rich has developed curriculums for Hazardous Materials Operations for Hospitals and taught this program to over 70 hospitals across the United States. He also holds instructor certifications in Defensive Driving (DDC6/8) and Certified Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (CEVO) with the National Safety Council. Recently, he has obtained instructor certification on ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training), Department of Homeland Security Instructor for CBRNE and Hazmat Awareness and Operations, and a variety of NIMS courses. In addition, he is an American Heart Association (AHA) instructor for Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Over the past ten years, Safe Health Educators has grown and provided a variety of educational and consultative services to hospitals, fire departments, police departments and private industry.

William Croak has worked in emergency serviced for the past 38 years. During his time, he has shown great dedication and has extended himself above and beyond. William has given 30 years of service to the U.S. Navy as both active duty and reserve. During his time in the service, he was an instructor for Officer Candidate training, drill instructor, and a combat skill instructor.

Not only did William serve and stay active in the military, but he also joined his local volunteer Fire Department and has given 38 years, worth of service as a volunteer to his community. And after spending his entire life to serving others above himself, he took a career as a New York City Fire Fighter, where he gave 31 years of service. During his time there, he spent 24 years as an active Lieutenant, where he again became involved in teach others. In the Fire Department, he trained safety officers, taught at their main academy, and at the NYS First Line Supervisor Training Academy. William was also an instructor for trainings hosted by the Office of Emergency Management, and the Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team. These trainings we designed to pre plan against disasters, mass casualty incidents and even terrorist activity.

William now serves as our Chief Operating Officer at Safe Health Educators since January of 2015

Luke Salamon has been working in healthcare for the past 10 years. Luke is one of our lead instructors and teaches all classes from, ACLS, PALS to BCLS. He started out as an EMT, and as a volunteer for the local Fire Department. After fours years of being an EMT, he was brought in to Safe Health Educators. Starting out by teaching Basic CPR, Luke has advanced his skills and proficiency in healthcare by becoming a NYS Paramedic. Becoming a Paramedic has given him the advanced training and experience to bring into the classroom, challenging the students with life like scenarios and personal experience.



Mike Kates joined the Safe Health Educators team in 2011. Mike is a dedicated healthcare professional with over 20 years of nursing experience. He has worked at bedside, critical and emergent care situations, and as a staff educator at South Nassau Communities Hospital, he orients new staff members, presents in-services to staff on routine basis, and asists with continuing mandatory education. Mike became an instructor with Safe Health Educators in 2011, being an instructor for both ACLS and PALS.



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Adam Gonzalez has worked in health care and emergency services for the past 12 years. During his career, Adam has held roles as an Interventional Radiologic Physician Assistant, New York City Paramedic and American Red Cross instructor. Some of Adam's accomplishments include implementing quality control & improvement mechanisms at ProHealth Care Associates.

Adam has been teaching life saving skills for the past 11 years to healthcare providers, lifeguards, rescue divers and civilians. He joined Safe Health Educators as a Lead Instructor in 2009 and is currently responsible for leading classes and curriculum development & improvement.

Adams experience span a broad spectrum of roles from pre-hospital care to Interventional Radiology and Endovascular Surgery to clinical instruction.

Adam is also former EMS Assistant Chief, Captain and Paramedic on Long Island. His professional memberships include the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and Divers Alert Network. Adam is also the recipient of numerous awards and citations including the Paramedic Keith Fairben Memorial Award for Academic Excellence, Pre – Hospital Life Saving Award and EMT of the Year. Adam is also an Eagle Scout.