Meet Our Instructors

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Bernhard Szilagyi

Engineer Bernhard Szilagyi has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since 1997, and began his fire service career with the Gilroy Fire Department in 2001.

In addition to being a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor, Bernhard holds certification as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and Fire Officer.  He currently lives in Gilroy and enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Says Bernhard, “I am grateful to be given the opportunity to share and teach the lifesaving skills community CPR has to offer.”


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Herb Lee

Engineer/Paramedic Herb Lee has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since 2004, and began his fire service career with the Gilroy Fire Department in 2011.

In addition to being a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor, Herb holds certification as a Paramedic, ACLS and PALS certified provider, as well as a Fire Officer.  He currently lives in Morgan Hill and enjoys spending time with friends and family.  Herb is thoroughly dedicated to, “…training everyone to be a CPR hero!”


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Kris Teresi

Firefighter/Paramedic Kris Teresi has been in the Fire Service for 11 years and with the Gilroy Fire Department since 2010.  Kris’ commitment to the Department includes holding positions as the Co-Coordinator for the HazMat Program, EMS trainer, and member of the Emergency Medical Services Advancement Group.

Kris Teresi has been an EMT and CPR Instructor for 8 years.  He graduated from CSU Chico with a Bachelor of Science in the Administration of Health. He is a proud husband and father of three boys: ages 5 years, 3 years, and 9 months.  Kris has a passion for making sure, “people learn the proper way to do CPR,” and feels a deep obligation to train the public as the real lifesavers of the community.


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Randy Wong

Captain Randy Wong has proudly served with the Gilroy Fire Department since 2002 and has been in the professional fire service since 1993. Before being promoted to Captain he has held the ranks of Engineer and Firefighter.

Randy is certified as a Fire Officer, Fire Instructor by the State Board of Fire Services, CPR and First Aid Instructor, and EMT Proctor. He is also a state certified Senior/Primary Instructor in Technical Rescue and Firefighter Survival.  Randy holds an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology.


Tomas Faddis

Firefighter/Paramedic Tomas Faddis started in the fire service in 2005 as volunteer firefighter, and has served with the Gilroy Fire Department Since 2011. In that time he has also worked as a paramedic on an emergency 911 ambulance.

Prior to teaching CPR for the Gilroy Fire Department Tomas instructed CPR classes for NCTI.   He also instructed and proctored EMT classes. Tomas is excited to meet and teach the citizens of Gilroy.


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Jim Wyatt

Chief Jim Wyatt has been involved in the fire service and EMS for over 33 years.  Starting as a firefighter/paramedic, Jim worked through the various ranks until becoming the EMS Coordinator for the Gilroy Fire Department.

Jim is a certified CPR & First Aid instructor, and teaches Emergency Medical Technician to aspiring firefighters at two local community colleges.  Jim is married and is a father of 3 and grandfather to 3 more. In his spare time, Jim is active in the Boy Scouts where he loves to teach first-aid and camping skills.


Steven Hayes II

Engineer/Paramedic Steven Hayes II began his EMS career in 2002 with the Hollister Fire Department.  Steven was hired with the City of Gilroy in 2006 as a Firefighter Paramedic and promoted to Engineer in 2013.

Steven is a licensed Paramedic, certified as a Fire Officer, CPR instructor with AHA and ASHI and is currently one of our Fire Departments Paramedic Preceptors.   He is an EMT Instructor at Evergreen Community College and has taught CPR for the City of Gilroy since 2008. Steven is a resident of Morgan Hill where he lives with his wife and two daughters. 


Jeff MacPhail

Firefighter/Paramedic Jeff MacPhail has been involved in Emergency Medical Services since 2006, and began his fire service career with the Gilroy Fire Department in 2011. 

 In addition to being a certified CPR and First Aid Instructor, Jeff contributions include participating on the Gilroy Fire Department Bike Team, Emergency Medical Services Advancement Group, and Wellness Committee.  He is the author of our internal wellness newsletter.  He currently lives in Gilroy and enjoys spending time with his wife and one year-old daughter.  Jeff emphasizes, “I love living in the very community where I can help make a difference in people’s lives.”


Mario Bena

Firefighter/Paramedic Mario Bena began his fire service career as a volunteer for the Gilroy Fire Department in 1999. By 2002, Mario had been selected and trained as a Firefighter Paramedic.

Mario has been a certified CPR & First Aid instructor with AHA for over 10 years.  He is co-chairperson for the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services Advancement Group and is part of a select group of paramedics who train others on the latest lifesaving techniques.  Mario and Kris Teresi are the visionaries who brought firefighter taught AHA-certified CPR training to the community of Gilroy.


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Firefighter/Paramedic Thomas Cooper has been with the Gilroy Fire Department since 2013. Prior to employment with the city of Gilroy Thomas worked as a 911 paramedic and EMT in Santa Clara County and volunteered his time as a Firefighter with the Branciforte Fire Protection District in Santa Cruz County.

Thomas currently assists in the management of the AED public access program for the City of Gilroy where he is responsible for maintenance, accessibility and publication of these AED’s. To learn more about the PAD program please see the AED/PAD link.