Chief Robert J. McCaughan (Ret), BS, EMT-P (PA) || Director At Large || Founding Member
A Paramedic since 1974, Chief McCaughan served the City of Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services since its inception in 1975 and helped develop the service during its infancy. Having held the positions of Field Supervisor, Rescue Supervisor, Chief Supervisor, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief, he was named Chief of the Bureau in 2004 and served in that capacity until he retired in 2012 to join Highmark, Inc as Vice President of Prehospital Care Services in its newly formed Integrated Delivery System now known as the Allegheny Health Network.
A faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, he also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He has served on several Boards including the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council from which he received the EMS Administrator of the Year Award. He currently serves a number of other organizations including: the International Association of EMS Chiefs as a founding member, past Vice President, and current Board member; he is President of the Emergency Medical Service Institute – the 10 County / Southwestern Pennsylvania regional EMS Council – and he is the current past Chairman of the Allegheny County EMS Council. Co-chairing the Health Medical Subcommittee, he also sat on the United States Secret Service / Pittsburgh G-20 Summit Executive Steering Committee for which he commanded the largest EMS contingent ever mobilized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He also chaired the City of Pittsburgh / Allegheny County Gaming Implementation Task Force Public Safety Sub-committee and traveled to Israel as part of a 10 member EMS delegation from the U.S. to observe their strategies and best practices for dealing with mass casualty incidents and terrorism.
Active in the water rescue community for many years, he was a member of the Founders Committee / Board member and Past Chair of both the Pennsylvania Water Rescue Instructors Association and the Pittsburgh Safe Boating Council. He also Co-Chaired the Port of Pittsburgh / United States Coast Guard - Area Maritime Security Council in the years following the 9-11 attacks.
Robert J. McCaughan
Vice President, Prehospital Care Services
Allegheny Health Network
30 Isabella Street, Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15212