• 5/5 stars May 22, 2013

    James was thorough and realistic. He made learning CPR fun, while stressing the importance. He was patient in being sure the class understood and could apply what we learned. This class was convenient and affordable. I would recommend Gotham EMS to anyone looking to become or renew their CPR certification.

    Jennifer A.

  • 5/5 stars September 5, 2012

    Thank you james he was very good and patient he is a great instructor and he was very quick I would recommend him to anyone

    Quadedra L.


    See our write up in Chalk, the blog of the Adult School of Montclair.

    To the rescue


    James Borden first took a class in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as a 16-year-old lifeguard-in-training. “It was a six- or eight-hour class, and it was horrible,” says Borden, who grew up in Glen Ridge, and knew early on that he wanted to become a nurse. “I’m going to have to take these classes for the rest of my life,” he thought. “I might as well become an instructor, and do it my way. Make it fun...see more

    And our Interview with Thumbtack:

    Question and answer

    Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

    A. Most common classes are re-certification classes for professionals who don't want to have to go through the grueling class over and over again. Our students find our class fun, quick and informative. Even new students can master the skills of CPR, First Aid, BBP & AED in less time than those other companies because we are actually engaging our students through visual, instructional and hands on learning

    Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

    A. The 3 most recent jobs were as follows:

    (CPR & AED For Professional Rescuer) 3 RNs and 1 LPN in Central park who needed Re-Certification. This class was approx. 30 minutes long and this included a refresher course, skills training and testing. They were Re-certified on their lunch break!

    (Adult, Child & Infant CPR, AED, First Aid & Choking) 20 Expecting Mothers and their partners in their home learned parent specific First Aid for children and infants, while also learning choking relief, CPR and how to use a child/infant approved AED. 

    (CPR, First Aid & BBP) 1 personal trainer who also has a tattoo & piercing parlor needed to be certified in her office for CPR, First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens. 

    Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

    A. Find a provider who offers the best rates and offers the same quality of classes that the most expensive provider does

    Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

    A. Not all CPR certifications are the same. Gotham EMS offers training from EMS Safety Services, the third largest provider of CPR classes in the country, and is rated equal to American Heart Association and above Red Cross. Our Classes are based on the guidelines from the 2010 International Conference on CPR and ECC Science which meet OSHA and ILCOR requirements.

    Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

    A. Ask whether the Certification is valid for one year or two. Gotham EMS offers 2 year certifications, and we have them printed and active at the end of the class. Most of our competitors require 2 weeks from the end of the class to mail you their certifications.

    Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

    A. What type of Certification do you need? CPR & First Aid? CPR, First Aid and AED? What would you like to be specifically trained in? Accidents in a healthcare profession differ from those in Fitness, Hospitality and Day Care.

    Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

    A. My work stands out from others because I am not only the president, but also a member! Haha, I am a Nurse who understands the need to know emergency response training and I also know how these classes should be run. Unfortunately, my competitors have taken the old boring route and make you sit in an unfamiliar place (their location) and play a 6 hour video with little interaction. We use the videos when appropriate, but we have also found a way to interact with our students in an energetic way creating an atmosphere conducive to learning while speeding up the process for those who are already comfortable with the material.

    Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

    A. I was a Lifeguard as a teenager and had to sit through these classes EVERY year (I only had a one year certification from Red Cross). Then I became an EMT and found that I could take a class from American Heart Association and it would last 2 years. The class was still boring. I felt that there should be different classes for different ability levels. For those who knew what they were doing this class should be quick and to the point. For those who are learning these skills for the first time, there should be more interaction and reasoning behind the instruction. Since I could not find anyone who did this, I decided to do it myself!

    Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

    A. Because I certify government employees and military personnel, I am required to know the latest advancements in emergency response training. Gotham EMS was training our students in the compression only technique as soon as it was discussed at the conference, a whole year earlier than it was required

    Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

    A. Our classes are not complicated, but our pricing is determined by a few factors:

    Distance we have to travel.
    Type of class (Whether it is CPR, CPR & AED, CPR & First Aid, BBP, etc) 
    How many students. You will get the best deal if you have 3 or more students, but if you are close to us, even an individual can get the same deal. Either way, you will find that our prices are better than anyone else in our area. We make sure of that