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David Fifer M.S., NRP, FAWM

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  • Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
  • B.A., Political Science
  • M.S., Safety, Security & Emergency Management
  • Nationally Registered Paramedic
  • Graduate Certificate, Emergency Management
  • Fellow, Academy of Wilderness Medicine


Contact Information

  • Department: Paramedic Science
  • Office: 159 Stratton
  • Mailing Address: 521 Lancaster Avenue
  • Email:
  • Phone: (859)-622-2454
  • Office Hours: By Appointment
  • Expert Areas: Wilderness Medicine, Rescue Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Operational Medicine, EMS Management, Simulation, Skill Training


Assistant Professor David Fifer is the Coordinator of our online Paramedic-to-degree programs. David also works as a Paramedic for Powell County Ambulance Service, and deploys to disaster areas, national special security events, and public health emergencies as an Emergency Management Specialist/Operations Officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response. 

David is a member of the Kentucky Board of EMS Education Committee, and also leads the KBEMS' Wilderness Paramedic Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine who teaches and speaks about wilderness medicine throughout the world, and is the founding coordinator of the RedSTAR wilderness EMS unit in Kentucky's Red River Gorge. He serves at the nationwide represenative of EMS providers to NEMSAC

David earned his B.A. in Political Science and M.S. in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from EKU, and is a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

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