Over 60 Fire/EMS leaders graduate

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08/04/2013 -

Company and Chief Officers, EMS Supervisors, and aspiring leaders from across the Southeast joined the alumni ranks of UNC Charlotte’s EMS Management Institute and Fire and Rescue Management Institute in February 2013. Both Institutes have become a longstanding tradition in the region for university-level leadership education for emergency services professionals. Both the EMS and Fire programs are cohort-based and offer four modules: Leadership & Team-Building; Supervision and Personnel Management; Operations Management; and Communication and Public Relations. Graduate photos and names are listed below.


Registration for the 2013-2014 Institutes, which begins October 2013, is now available at http://uncc.edu. Click on Certificates in order to select the program of interest.

Summer One-Day Leadership Classes

In August and September of 2012, UNC Charlotte hosted the first Annual Summer Series, consisting of one-day leadership topics for emergency services professionals. The topics are not only designed to provide alumni of the Institutes with opportunities to continue their leadership education beyond the cohort program but also allow those who have not participated in either Institute an affordable, independent class to take as well as an opportunity to experience the quality of courses UNC Charlotte has to offer if they choose to participate in an Institute in the future.

In August, over 40 students took Retired Chief John Salka’s class on Leadership Lessons from the FDNY followed by an afternoon on Fire ground Scenarios, which was well-received. In August, John Bierling of the Incident Management Team taught a two-day class open to fire, EMS, and other public safety and emergency services professions using his 20 foot Our Town table-top incident simulation diorama. Both programs were well-received.

Coming August 2013, the 2nd Annual Summer Series will kick-off when rising FDNY fire service leader and USMC Major Jason Brezler will teach a one-day class on “Fostering a Culture of Survival and Discipline for the Fireground” which teaches the mindset and leadership techniques that yielded effective results on the battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan that can be transitioned into the fire service and other emergency response organizations.

On Sept. 19, 2013, David Griffin of the Charleston, S.C. Fire Department will teach “Tragedy to Triumph: Lessons Learned from the S.C. Fatal Fire,” a class which is receiving national attention for both its strong personal message and effective and proactive organizational improvements that were made as a result of the tragedy that can be used by other departments. Both classes are appropriate for all ranks and agency types.

Registration for Summer Series classes is available online at http://ContinuingEd.uncc.edu. Click on Professional Development and Emergency Services Professionals.

2012-2013 EMS graduates

Joe Dennis, Crew Chief, Catawba County EMS; April Sigmon, FTO, Catawba County EMS; Blair Richey, Specialty Services Coordinator, Iredell County EMS; Angela Clark, Corporal, Moore County Dept of Public Safety; Alan Parnell, Operations Officer; Wilson County EMS; Jamey Gualdoni, Training Officer/Shift Supervisor, Caswell County EMS; Thomas Wilson, FTO, Cleveland County EMS; Scotty Bobbitt, Assistant Supervisor; Surry County Emergency Services; Jeff Hutchens, EMS Captain, Guilford County EMS; Jim Teague, Training Officer, Henderson County EMS; Jory LaRose, Chief Trainer, Catawba County EMS; Christopher Parker, Clinical Affairs Officer, Wilson County EMS; Ross McKamey, EMS Training Supervisor, Guilford County EMS; Eric Southern, Assistant Supervisor, Surry County Emergency Services; Anthony Horton, Senior Paramedic, Durham County EMS; Arlene Smith, Supervisor, Abbeville EMS; Steve Mauney, Assistant Director, Iredell County EMS; William Blackwell, Deputy Director, Abbeville EMS; Tyler Canfield, Supervisor; Abbeville EMS; John Carrico, Field Training Specialist, Henderson County EMS; Carol Mecimore, Assistant Supervisor, Lincoln County EMS; Craig Sullivan, Director, Watauga Medics, Inc.; Kenny Ormand, Shift Supervisor, Lincoln County EMS; Melanie Massagee, Gaston County EMS; Travis Adams, Lieutenant, Gaston County EMS; Cindy Harrington, Gaston County EMS; Lisa Gunn, Gaston County EMS; David Jones, Gaston County EMS; William Cannon, FTO, Cabarrus County EMS.

2012-2013 Fire and Rescue Graduates

Adam Moore, Engineer, Greensboro Fire Department; Mark Beasley, Lieutenant, Johnson City Fire Department; Jody Long, Sergeant, Town of Kill Devil Hills Fire Department; Lee Hansen, Engineer, City of Lincolnton Department; Rick Casey, Lieutenant, Johnson City Fire Department; Billy Bass, Captain, Edenton Fire Department; Nicholas Martin, Lieutenant, Mebane Fire Department; Brian Pethel, Captain, City of Monroe Fire Department; Tanner Hairford, Captain, City of King Fire Department; Brandon Hutchins, Captain, Greensboro Fire Department; Nicholas Johnson; Firefighter, Greensboro Fire Department; Donald Porter, Captain, Elizabeth City Fire Department; Tradd Mills, Lieutenant, Burton Fire District; Buddy Walters, Fire Marshal, Town of Fuquay Varina; Chan Collins, Engineer, Edenton Fire Department; Scott Carpenter, Captain, City of Charlottesville; Michael Thomas, Fire Equipment Operator, Greensboro Fire Department; Randy Gibson, Lieutenant, City of Laurinburg Fire Department; Edwin Shaver, Fire Investigator, Charlotte Fire Department; Brad Shumate, Captain, Greensboro Fire Department; Christopher Moyer; Lieutenant, Burton Fire District; William Warren, Battalion Chief, Gastonia Fire Department; Robbie Everhart, Firefighter Driver, Mebane Fire Department; Matthew Donaldson, Captain, Town of Cary Fire Department; Shawn Petras, Fire Chief, Whitney Fire Department; Stephen Gauldin, Captain, Kernersville Fire Department; Matthew Patterson, Firefighter, Greensboro Fire Department; Rob Pruitt, Captain, Mebane Fire Department; Brad Cheek, Assistant Chief, City of King Fire Department; Ronnie Boles, Captain, Kernersville Fire Department; Christopher Carver, Captain, Elizabeth City Fire Department; Todd Gauldin, Fire Chief, Stakesdale Fire District Inc.

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