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The EMS Program Committee’s mission is to enhance Vector Solutions’ EMS content using in-depth reviews, discussion of trends, identification of new and updated protocols, and feedback from course evaluations.
Vector Solutions is organizationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). To ensure Vector Solutions’ EMS content complies with industry standards, the EMS Committee Program reviews EMS Continuing Education courses, discusses best practices and consults with Vector Solutions on an ongoing basis.
The committee is composed of seasoned professionals in the EMS field with years of formal education and field experience. Learn more about the members of Vector Solutions’ EMS Program Committee.
Dr. Bradley Elias, MD is a board-certified physician medical director in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Florida and is affiliated with the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville and is the Program Committee Director for the EMS Program Committee.
Dr. Elias graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1997 and has been in practice for 19 years. He holds positions regarding disaster preparedness and response at a local, regional and state level. Dr. Elias’ positions also include serving as a medical director for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department, an OPS government operations consultant for the Florida Department of Health and as a team physician for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Jacksonville Sheriff Office.
Ricky L. Rod, RN, NRP is a retired QA/QI Clinical Nurse Coordinator for the EMS Division, San Diego Fire Department, and Rural/Metro San Diego. He is currently a Deployment asset, both RN and Paramedic, for the US Department of HHS, NDMS.
Prior experience includes Paramedic Field Training Coordinator, RN Clinical Educator, and Paramedic Field Training Officer in San Diego since 1987. Ricky has been employed and licensed in Emergency Medical Services since 1973, including being one of the first EMTs in the United States Navy.
Ricky holds various EMS teaching credentials, having been an educator in various EMS programs and colleges since 1980. He has been awarded a Meritorious Service Medal by the State of California EMSA for accomplishments in EMS after over 40 years of dedicated service in EMS, and was selected to participate in a NATO Partnership for Peace Disaster Medical Action Team, and served three deployments to Ukraine. Ricky has been a deployable asset for USHHS NDMS DMAT CA-4 as both a Paramedic and Registered Nurse, since 1996, having deployed to various national disasters, as well as providing Emergency Medical Services for federal functions to include the United States Presidential State of the Union Address.
Ricky enjoys providing EMS For special events, including three NFL Super Bowl events, marathons, and golf tournaments. He and his wife, Linda, reside in the beautiful Laguna mountain community of Alpine, CA, and have one son, who currently serves as Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard.
Mike Binney, Training Lieutenant, has been working in EMS for 14 years and now serves as a Training Lieutenant of EMS at West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, Colorado. Working closely with medical direction, he develops QM-driven curriculum and manages West Metro’s online learning platform for state and national recertification for 375 providers.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience as well as a certificate in business-driven advertising from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He was the 2018 recipient of the EMSAC Instructor of the Year award. Additionally, Mike currently sits on the Paramedic Education Program Advisory Committee for the Arapahoe Community College Paramedic School as a graduate advisor where he continues to work as an adjunct educator.
Kevin Robert has 29 years of EMS experience and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Clinical Services for Clifton Park Halfmoon EMS (NY) and is an adjunct instructor for the Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic Program. He is certified as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic (FP-C) and is a Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP).
Starting his career as a staff Paramedic with a commercial ambulance company, Kevin was promoted to a shift supervisor and later became the EMS Chief of three other EMS agencies. He then flew for 12 ½ years as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic for LifeNet of New York. Kevin became a Certified Medical Transport Executive at the Medical Transport leadership Institute in 2016 and recently completed his internship and testing to become a New York State Certified Instructor Coordinator.
Kevin has been a member of the Hudson Mohawk Regional EMS Council for the past 25 years. He is an active member of several sub-committees and has served as Chairman of the council for 8 years.
Paul Costello, EMT-P, FF, Fire Service Instructor, has over 25 years of experience in EMS and fire rescue. His published works include participation in a novel QA/QI initiative that led to an early adoption of the CARES program in his region. Paul is also an award-winning paramedic of his own right, as a former paramedic of the year.
Having served in several positions ranging from paramedic to Acting and Interim Training Division Chief, Costello has a love of evidence-based education and earned a Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration. He was one of six global coordinators for the world’s largest cardiac arrest research trial. The findings from this work continue to have broad-reaching effects to this day in the realm of resuscitation.
He also personally won an American Heart Association ReSS Scholarship. He was an integral component of the team that earned the Florida EMS Provider of the Year and the national distinction of Heart Safe Community. Most recently, he was on the team that won the highly esteemed 2017 Silver Brandon Hall Award for Excellence for his role as the writer/director in the NFPA 1410 series.
Fran Hildwine has over 30 years of EMS experience and is the AHA Training Center Coordinator with the Nemours, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE and a Paramedic Educator with the Good Fellowship Ambulance in West Chester, PA.
Fran holds an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology from DCCC and a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from Widener University. He enjoys presenting at local EMS conferences, and he was the author of the “Hand’s On” new product review monthly column for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services for seven years.
Michael Fraley has over 25 years of experience in EMS. He’s held a wide range of roles including flight paramedic, EMS coordinator, service director and educator. Fraley is also the coordinator of a regional trauma advisory council in North Central Wisconsin.
Fraley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Lakeland College and a Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from Texas A&M University. He has over 20 years of experience as an EMS education assistant and when he is not working as a paramedic, Fraley serves as a public safety diver and SCUBA instructor in Northern Wisconsin.
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