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Fifer Named Program Director

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Assistant Professor David Fifer, MS, NRP, FAWM has been appointed to lead the Eastern Kentucky University Emergency Medical Care Program. Called "Program Coordinator" within the hierachy of the University, the position is referred to as "Program Director" by the Commission on Accreditation for the EMS Professions and within the EMS industry generally. 

Professor Fifer assumes the position of Director/Coordinator from Associate Professor Bill Young, Ed.D, NRP who has elected to return to full-time teaching within our program after several years at the helm. Dr. Young led our program through a period of steady growth, including the creation of our online degree completion options. The position of Program Director has day-to-day responsibility for all aspects of our program, as well as overall responsibility for continued accreditation, regulatory compliance, and strategic growth.

Fifer is a 19-year veteran of EMS, having practiced at the EMT, EMT-Intermediate, and Paramedic levels in Virginia, Kentucky, and Washington, DC. He's worked as a volunteer and career single-role EMS provider, professional firefighter/paramedic, ED technician, agency training officer and director, and public health emergency manager. While teaching full-time in our program as a Lecturer since 2015, he has continued to work part-time as a Paramedic for a local EMS agency and deploys intermittently as an operations officer for the federal National Disaster Medical System. He serves on the Education Committee and Protocol Development Workgroup of the Kentucky Board of EMS, and is a frequent speaker and instructor at conferences throughout the country. 

Fifer earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management here at EKU, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

Published on August 19, 2019

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