Our Mission

The IAEMSC mission is to support, promote and advance the leadership of EMS response entities and to advocate for the EMS profession. IAEMSC membership is made up of leaders from both career and volunteer EMS organizations and proudly represents and embraces the diversity of EMS agencies throughout the world.

Our Values

IAEMSC is a diverse, exciting professional organization committed to improving the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical care.

IAEMSC is committed to serving Chief Officers representing the many various service types which exist in the Emergency Medical Services community.

Our Goals

  • To represent the EMS Chief Executive Officers responsible for direct delivery of EMS to their communities,
  • To effectively address the issues pertinent to the contemporary EMS Commander,
  • To support the needs of patients, and providers by providing support to current EMS executives, mentoring future leaders, and advocating for all EMS systems.

OFFICERS 2022-2024

President, Daniel R. Gerard, MS, RN, NRP of the Alameda Fire Department EMS Division (CA, USA)

Gerard is the EMS Coordinator for the City of Alameda Fire Department. Previous to this, he served as the EMS Coordinator and Acting EMS Director for the Medical Services Division of the Oakland Fire Department and was in charge of EMS operations for the 33rd largest city in the United States. He is a recognized expert in EMS System delivery and design, EMS/health service integration, and service delivery models for out of hospital care. He has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on EMS integration into accountable care organizations. He has a Master’s of Science in Healthcare Administration from New Jersey City University, a Bachelor’s of Science in Allied Health from Montclair State University, and an Associates of Science in Nursing from the University of the State of New York, Albany, and is currently working on his doctorate with a concentration in organizational leadership. Gerard has completed course work at Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Leaders. He is a National Registry Paramedic and a Registered Nurse. Gerard is the author of chapters on Human Resources for an EMS management text published by the Pan American Health Organization. His work can be found in EMSWorld, JEMS, EMS INSIDER, EMS1, and Inside Sources. Over the last year he has worked with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the NHTSA Office of EMS, US Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response, as well as the CDC and multiple other state and local authorities in regards to COVID-19. He was one of the primary consultants to the Pan American Health Organization/Bahamian Ministry of Health for the development of the EMS training and deployment for Freeport Grand Bahamas, and as well as the lead consultant for the Ambulance Service Re-Design for the Hong Kong Fire Services Department. Gerard also serves his community as the Safety Director for San Francisco Little League.

Immediate Past President, Dave Mitchell, Arvada Fire Protection District (CO, US)

Dave Mitchell is a nationally registered paramedic and the EMS Chief for the Arvada Fire Protection District in Arvada, Colorado. Dave started his career in EMS in Boulder County in the year 2000 at Lyons Fire Protection District and with a private ambulance service – Pridemark Paramedics Services. Dave began working with the Arvada Fire Protection District in 2011 and helped to design the current EMS transport program that the District deploys. In addition to his role with Arvada Fire, he also serves as the co-chair for the Denver Metro Regional EMS subcommittee for Incident Operations.

President-Elect, Scott Cormier, Emergency Management Medxcel (IN, USA)

Cormier serves as Vice-President, Emergency Management, EC, and Safety, for Medxcel. In this capacity, he oversees these programs for the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. Scott has led large system response to many disasters, and has published articles on hospital preparedness, emergency medical services, and influenza patient safety. Scott chairs the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council subcommittee for healthcare active shooter planning and response and serves on the NFPA 3000 committee. Scott worked professionally for the City of Pittsburgh EMS and River Rescue team. He has over 39 years of emergency management, public safety, and military experience.

Vice President, James M. Brothers DNPc, CRNP, NRP, FAANP

Brothers is the Assistant Chief for Howard County Fire and Rescue (HCFR). James has been with HCFR for 32 years and has served in numerous positions as a Paramedic / RN, Training Division Chief, Chief of Operations. He has received accreditation by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) in Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Emergency Medical Services Chief (CEMSO). James completed is undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. James has worked as Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner for the University of Maryland Hospital systems and taught part time at the School of Nursing at University of Maryland. James provides administrative and medical oversight of the Maryland’s most progressive public safety EMS systems. James is a core faculty member of the Maryland Resuscitation Academy which is committed to improving cardiac arrest survival. James has served on and has led several committees at the local, regional, and federal levels. James has received numerous leadership awards including the Harvard Fellowship at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Executives 2014. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is the Vice President for the International Association of EMS Chiefs.

Secretary, Mark Lamphier, Gaston County Emergency Medical Services (NC, USA)

Lamphiear started his road to an EMS career watching re-runs of Rescue 8 on TV, and later in a Search and Rescue Explorer Post.  He earned his EMT certification in in 1975 and Paramedic certification in 1978, graduating from the first Paramedic class at the Oregon Health and Science University. After working his way up on the streets, Mark was hired to head EMS in Gaston County, NC in 1992. Lamphiear earned an MBA from Queens University in Charlotte, NC in 2000.  He holds designation as a Chief EMS Officer, and counts it as a privilege to serve in EMS . . . “It’s not just a job, it’s a calling”.  Mark is proud to be a Charter Member of the IAEMSC, thanks to Paul Maniscalco.  Mark is honored to serve on the IAEMSC Board of Directors.  Mark and his wife Becky have four grown kids, four kids-in-law, and nine grandkids – six boys and three girls.  He enjoys time with family, boating, camping, hiking, and traveling to national parks and historic sites.

Treasurer, Christian Callsen, Austin/Travis County EMS (Ret. TX, USA)

Callsen is the Assistant Chief (Retired) of Operations at Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Texas. He has a strong combination of expertise in Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security, and Information/Communications Technology. He has previously served as the Prehospital Co-Chair, of the Texas Governor’s EMS & Trauma Advisory Council, Disaster/Emergency Task Force, Chairman of the Capital Area Council of Governments Homeland Security Task Force. He is also an author of National Incident Management System: Principles and Practices, 1st & 2nd Editions and served on as a both an Incident Commander and Planning Section Chief on an All Hazards Incident Management Team. Chief Callsen pursued his education at Georgetown University is Washington, DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Darren Sandbeck, Alberta Health Services (Alberta, Canada)

Sandbeck is currently the Chief Paramedic and Senior Provincial Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at Alberta Health Services (AHS). His role is responsible for providing provincial operational and strategic leadership to all aspects of EMS in Alberta. He is responsible and accountable for leading the planning, delivery, evaluation and integration of the provincial EMS system. He provides strategic counsel to the Vice President and Chief Health Operations Officer and other Executive Leadership on all aspects of EMS operations throughout the province. Darren holds a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University as well as a Health Care Administration diploma from the University of Saskatchewan. He is also the past president of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and has served in numerous Board and Executive capacities on provincial and national organizations.

Wren Nealy, Cypress Creek EMS (TX, USA)

Nealy Jr. is a Paramedic, Peace Officer in the State of Texas.  He is the Chief Executive Officer for Cypress Creek EMS and a former Captain/SWAT Commander.  He has 33 years of experience in EMS and 24 years in law enforcement.  Wren serves on several non-profit boards to include IPMBA, IPSA, and the IAEMSC.  In 2016, Wren was appointed Vice Chair of the Emergency Services Sector Coordinating Council for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  He is a Nationally Certified Instructor with IADLEST and past recipient of the National Tactical Officers Association TEMS Award. 

Ben Podsiadlo, State of MA Homeland Security (MA, USA)

Scott Kasper, Albuquerque Ambulance Service, (NM, USA)

Todd Plunkett, Baldwin EMS, (PA, USA)

Thank you to outgoing officers Nicolena Johnson Mitchell, Ezekiel Peters, and Dave Baldwin for their service to the Association and the profession during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history.


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Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 430-6161
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