Our Vision:

At BVST Sawtooth EMI our goal is to provide a practical, affordable, and quality training experience to both healthcare providers and the lay-person. Our experienced, compassionate, and dedicated educators will use national and state guidelines and their real life experiences to help you on your mission to become an exceptional Healthcare Provider with the power to positively influence the lives of many.

Our Story

As of November 2020 STEMI is now doing business as Big Valley Safety Training.  Together the three new owners bring over 30 years of EMS experience, over 50 years of fire experience, and military deployment experience.  We want to deliver to our students a positive learning experience and the knowledge, confidence, and ability to provide excellent medical care.

Meet the Team


Aaron Groshong

Co-Owner/ Instructor

Aaron Groshong is a retired FEMA Incident Commander and experienced firefighter.


Peter Schaumburg

Co-Owner/ Instructor

Peter began his career in Wild-land Fire with the BLM in 1983, joined the Forest Service in 1995 with experience on jump and hot shot crews. He became a member of the Middleton Fire Department in 1998 and in 2004 became the Engine Captain.  His EMS experience began in Ski Patrol and elevated to a National Ski Patrol instructor in 1998. He became an NREMT-Basic in 2000, NREMT-Advanced in 2003 and he progressed to an EMT-Instructor in 2004. From 2005-2010 he was the BLS and Wild-land Fire Instructor for the North ADA County Fire and Rescue district (NACFR.) Between 2006 to 2010 he was the Forest Service Med Unit Lead while also doing contract wild-land firefighting as an Engine Boss and EMT-B.  Today Peter is part of Homeland Security and works with FEMA as a Receiving and Distribution Manager.


Darryl Sandberg

Co-Owner/ Instructor

Darryl is a certified Physician Assistant with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.  In the mid-90's he began his EMS career in Illinois working for a private ambulance company in the Chicago area before transitioning to a 911 county service in Jackson County Illinois. He became a NREMT-P and moved to Leadville, Colorado where he worked with a hospital-owned ambulance service for Lake County, ultimately becoming its Director. He attended Rosalind Franklin University in 2005 and became a certified Physician Assistant in 2007. From there he joined the U.S. Army and served for over 10 years with two deployments to Iraq and one deployment to Afghanistan. For the past two years he has been practicing family medicine in rural Oregon.

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Michelle Giokas

AHA Center Coordinator

Michelle is the AHA Training Center Coordinator.