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Gregg and Alison with Bulldogs Hazel and Luna.  Photo by Elena

Pooch Paramedic Instructors

Gregg & Alison Nevarez

Gregg and Alison Nevarez are longtime members of the South Bay and have resided in Redondo Beach for several years.  They are active in their community and care deeply about helping others.  


With an extensive background in CPR and First Aid Training, Gregg often speaks with friends and family about life-saving techniques everyone should know.  One particular friend, who also happens to be the owner of multiple dachshunds, witnessed one of his dogs bite into a lamp wire, at which point the dog was instantly electrocuted and thrown into respiratory and cardiac arrest.  Their friend, in the best way he could remember, performed cardiac compressions on his dachshund and breathed into his snout before rushing him to the vet. To his surprise, the dachshund began breathing! Though the dog had acquired burns around his mouth, it did recover and went on to live a happy life for many more years.

Days after the event, their friend reached out, thanking Gregg for the training he'd given so long ago that ultimately helped save his pet's life.  It was then that Gregg and Alison realized this was just one story of many, and Pooch Paramedic was born.


Gregg and Alison have since created training programs to educate pet owners and pet professionals from all walks of life, helping them regain control in an emergency situation, where they would otherwise feel helpless and scared.  Their extensive backgrounds, which are listed below, outline their professional experience and training, as well as their capability of creating educational courses based on real-life experiences.  

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Gregg holds an EMT Certification through the State of California and has been an instructor and trainer for over 30 years.  His expertise in administering life-saving services stems from decades of working alongside highly reputable organizations. Some of his past experience includes: 


  • CPR & First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross, Business & Industry Division, Los Angeles, CA

  • CPR & First Aid Trainer for the State of California's Department of Justice, Governor of California’s Security Unit, the Bureau of Organized Crime, Insurance Risk Management, and the Department of Corrections

  • Chief Crisis Management Trainer for Lifeline Basic Life Support Instruction, 

  • Chief Basic Life Support Instructor for Lifeline B.L.S. Instruction

  • Member of the Trauma Intervention Program, Los Angeles City Fire Department

  • Owner & Chief Instructor of Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) Training Center

  • Chief Instructor for the "Train the Trainer" Program


In addition, Gregg is also holds certification in the following areas:


  • Certified in CPR/First Aid/ AED from American Heart Association

  • Certified in CPR/First Aid/AED from American Red Cross

  • Received certificate from Cornell University in K-9 CPR

  • Certificate from Safe Dog Program

  • Certified Instructor for Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI)

  • Trained in animal disaster preparedness by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Over the years, Gregg has taught over 15,000 people in Crisis Management, Basic Life Support Instruction, Disaster Preparedness, and K-9 Cardiac Resuscitation & First Aid.  In Spring of 2018, he will also feature in a national campaign for Johnson & Johnson.



Alison received a Bachelor's of Science Degree from California State University Long Beach.  


Alison holds certifications in the following areas:


  • CPR/First Aid/AED from American Heart Association

  • CPR/First Aid/AED from American Red Cross

  • Certified Instructor from America Red Cross

  • Certified Instructor for Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), Boston, Massachusetts, in Pet First Aid & CPR

  • Trained in animal disaster preparedness by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • ​"Become a Veterinary Assistant" course completion through El Camino College

  • Certificate from Safe Dog Program 

Both Gregg and Alison have received training in Pet Basic Life Support and have been approved by The American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care