The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides interactive, all-hazards education focused on reducing the public health and safety consequences of emergencies and disasters. We were founded in 2003 and named in honor of Manuel Del Valle, Jr. Manuel was a firefighter with Engine 5 for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), who was killed while responding to the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Manuel was the stepson of Dr. Peter Moyer, former Medical Director for Boston’s public safety agencies, Police, Fire, and EMS.
The DelValle Institute links the latest research and guidance with best practices in the field to deliver high-quality, skills-based preparedness and response education for healthcare and public health practitioners and their public safety partners. As a result of our partnership with Boston EMS and programs across the Boston Public Health Commission, we have access to a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise. Both organizations have missions that provide the framework for the work we do at the Institute:
Boston EMS, the provider of emergency medical services for the City of Boston, is committed to compassionately delivering excellent pre-hospital care and to protecting the safety and health of the public.
The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. Its mission is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all Boston residents, particularly the most vulnerable.