William Perez began his Emergency Services Career in 1987, as an Emergency Medical Technician with American Medical Response (AMR), in Bridgeport. While with AMR, he later became a Paramedic, then a Field Supervisor and then their Supervisor of Operations.
He is also a United States Navy veteran, serving as a Hospital Corpsman, receiving many awards and recognition while performing active duty during Operations Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
In 1993, he was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the East Hartford Fire Department, where he moved up through the ranks of Pump Driver/Operator, Lieutenant, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Assistant Fire Chief Acting Fire Chief.
Following his retirement from East Hartford, Chief Perez became the Chief of the University of Connecticut Fire Department, where he was instrumental in combining the Storrs and Farmington campus’s into one Department.
Chief Perez has been an active member of the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association, the Capital Region Emergency Planning Committee, the Capital Region Fire Chiefs Association, the Capital Region Hazardous Materials Response Team and the North Central Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors.
He has also served on the Advisory Committees for the Capital Community College Paramedic Program, the Post University Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, the Goodwin College Public Safety and Homeland Security and Homeland Security Program, the State of Connecticut’s Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board and the state’s Commission on Fire Prevention and Control.
A lifelong promoter of education, he earned his Associates Degree, in Paramedic Studies, at Capital Community College. He then was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree, from Charter Oak State College, and his Masters Degree, in Public Administration, from Anna Maria College. He further earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Hartford. Chief Perez also achieved a Executive Fire Officer designation from the National Fire Academy. He actively teaches both Paramedic and Fire Science programs throughout Connecticut and is also an Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
In 2022, he was named the Connecticut Fire Department Instructors Association’s “Richard Platt Sylvia Instructor of the Year”.