Epi-Center Rescue Services
When time is of the essence, The Epi-Center has you covered!
On Site Emergency Medical Services
Pop Up First Aid Stations
We want all of our customers to experience the impressive level of professionalism when working with The Epi-Center for Emergency Training + Event Safety. All of our on site Emergency Medical Services, exist to make your life easier and stress free when an emergency occurs. You can trust us to supply you with the best medical providers, as well as top quality customer service.
Rescue Jet Ski + Rescue Sled
Next Level Service
Motorized water rescue craft are as diverse as the types of environments they are used in. Surface waters rescue account for the majority of recreational water rescues. The PWC provides fast access and are efficient for quick-grab rescues to be transported to an awaiting boat or designated EMS crew on land. A MUST HAVE for all open water events! Add us into your emergency action plan and experience the impressive level of professionalism when working with Epi-Center Rescue PWC operators.
Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technicians
Private CPR/AED + First Aid Classes
Know What to do When an Emergency Strikes!
Why not learn how to handle an emergency yourself? All of our services, including our training classes, are taught by certified American Red Cross and American Heart Association Instructors. You can set up a private class today by simply getting in touch and letting us know what you need!
Next Level Service
Our certified Swiftwater/Flood Rescue technicians are available for your next television or film production. Behind the scenes or in front of the camera our level 1 swift water technicians are trained for fast moving water and flood conditions including but not limited to: river search techniques, water rescue equipment, swift water rescue techniques, boat-based rescue techniques, and rescue swimmer techniques. Our technicians meet two NFPA standards (1006/1670) for Surface and Swift Water Rescue for Operations and Technician (levels 1 and 2), and it also meets the NIMS typing for Swift Water/Flood Rescue Technician
Need an Expert? Look No Further.
This is one of our most popular services available. It’s made a big difference for many of our clients, and is provided with the highest level of excellence. With this service, we ensure all details are simple, seamless and handled prior to race day. Whenever you work with Epi-Center Rescue, you can trust that you’re in great hands.
Professional Lifeguard Staffing
Film, Television, Triathlons, Open Water Swims, Private Parties & More!
Frequently utilized by the majority of our customers, this service has been essential to our clients success. When it comes to lifeguard staffing, you can count on us to take care of your every need. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, training, experience and guarantee you’ll be stress free with our lifeguard team in place. Let us know how we can staff your event today!
In The News
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Lifeguards to Try to Protect Themselves While Working to Save Lives
MAY 18, 2020 1:38 PM EDT
From stubbed toes to cardiac arrests, open water lifeguards are trained to act as first responders for all manner of medical emergencies that can happen at the beach, often putting them in close proximity to beach patrons. And when it comes to making water rescues, they sometimes come in direct physical contact with people who might be spitting up water or gasping for air — an aspect of their job that’s raising new concerns due to the ways that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, spreads. Lifeguards from places across the country who spoke to TIME expressed concern that the unique nature of lifeguarding will lead to a high level of risk of exposure to coronavirus this summer. They say that although they are working to minimize that risk, the fact remains that many protective precautions are useless in the water.
With Memorial Day — the May holiday weekend that marks the start of the summer season at many U.S. beaches — swiftly approaching, lifeguard patrols are doing what they can to try to ensure that their employees will be equipped to do their jobs without risking exposure to the virus. Unfortunately, with the prospect of crowded beaches and the dangers of water rescues in the mix, there doesn’t yet seem to be a foolproof method to guarantee lifeguards protection from infection.
Effective coronavirus safety measures are particularly complicated given that,according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 25% of people infected with the virus may not show symptoms. Cary Epstein, the owner of professional lifeguarding service Epi-Center Rescue and a longtime lifeguard at Jones Beach in Wantagh, N.Y., says that this statistic requires lifeguards to operate under the assumption that everyone they come in contact with on the beach is infected. “There are people who are symptomatic and people who are asymptomatic, so there’s no way to look at someone and judge whether they’re a carrier of the coronavirus,” he says. “We need to assume that every person we come in contact with has the virus [and interact with them as such].”
As states like Delaware, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are set to open some state beaches in time for Memorial Day weekend, Epstein says that lifeguards will likely need to be supplied with more personal protective equipment (PPE) on a daily basis than they have been in the past. Although basic lifeguard first aid kits typically include some PPE like surgical gloves and safety goggles, he says that N95, surgical or other protective face masksrecommended by the CDC to combat the spread of coronavirus aren’t a frequent fixture. Reassessing these types of safety protocols is a top priority for lifeguard patrols across the country right now, Epstein says.
“That’s what we do”
Of course, when lifeguards need to rush to the aid of a swimmer who is struggling in the water, PPE that works on land isn’t applicable. “There’s this whole other issue of how do we have the same conversation [about safety] when we talk about making water rescues. Because that’s what we do,” Epstein says. “Of course we respond to emergencies on the beach, but lifeguards make water rescues, and N95 masks and surgical gowns and whatever other personal protective equipment you can think of to use on land can’t be used in the water.”
Meet Your Lifeguard Director
Meet the lifeguard director of the NYC Triathlon from The Epi-Center for Emergency Training + Event Safety!
Triathlete Meets Lifeguards & OtherFirst Responders Who Saved His Life
It was an emotional reunion for a Long Island man who nearly died during the New York City Triathlon. On Sunday, he met with the first responders who saved his life. CBS2' Ilana Gold reports.
Lifesize LG Quadwash Dishwasher to hit the streets of NYC!
LG is trying to make washing the dishes a little more fun with an inflatable water park in Manhattan.
The South Korean electronics manufacturer is harnessing the heat of summer this weekend by transforming a block on New York’s Upper East Side into a water attraction inspired by its new LG QuadWash dishwasher. The 6,750-square-foot pop-up park—roughly the size of two and a half tennis courts—is a maze of dishes, complete with cups, plates and giant spoon slide. It has the look and feel of a bouncy house with sprinklers, and as visitors reach the end, they come in contact with giant spray arms meant to replicate the dishwasher’s four-pronged method of washing dishe
Owner and founder of Epi-Center Rescue, Cary Epstein is an expert in his field. With more than two decades as an Emergency Medical Technician and ocean lifeguard with the prestigious Jones Beach Lifeguard Corp, Cary brings not just a wealth of medical/aquatics knowledge to all of his clients, but the experiences as well. In 2017, he was awarded New York States "Lifeguard of The Year" & received a proclamation from the NYS Senate. In 2018, Cary was one of the first groups to train at New York States Preparedness Training Center, operated by the Department of Homeland Security. While there, he completed over 56 hours of intense water rescue & ropes training & now holds certification as a Basic Rescue Technician & Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician. An avid triathlete and 4x Ironman finisher, Cary saw the need for more advanced water safety services both privately and in the professional world. Since forming "The Epi-Center", he has worked independently as the Lifeguard & Swim Course Director on several events for the World Triathlon Corporation & manages/oversees the entire water safety operation for The New York City Triathlon. Cary has a Masters Degree in Health Education and has worked both as a high school teacher on Long Island & NYC. In 2016, he was awarded The Long Island University College of Education, Information & Technology Adjunct Faculty Award. In the Fall of 2018, he accepted a position as a full time Professor of Undergraduate Health Education & is the Coordinator for Teacher Preparation in Health & Physical Education & is currently Assistant Dean to the College of Education, Information & Technology.