EMS Concerns for the Here and Now
BY: KEVIN MCGINNIS
APRIL 15, 2020
It’s April. My wife’s birthday, and her sister’s…twins! In our family, April Fool’s Day has always demanded a surprise with a playful underpinning. This year, not so much. April Fool and everything upside down in virtually everybody’s lives in one or many ways. I write this while the pandemic wave is about to break in the hottest spots in the country. In Maine, we’re a bit further away from the crest. Yet, weeks ago, an EMS chief here with substantial foresight scouted local autobody shops for masks when PPE suppliers were showing signs of failing. However, the shelves had already been cleared out by a local hospital and a county emergency management agency (EMA. Governors in a bidding war on a larger scale in bigger states. April Fool…
About Kevin McGinnis
Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Service Chief (Ret.) has been an EMS system builder since 1974. He is the communications technology advisor for five national EMS associations, and program manager for public safety communications, rural EMS and community paramedicine for the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO).
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and Cornell University in health care delivery systems and hospital administration. Kevin has been a paramedic, a paramedic service chief for volunteer, private, and hospital-based services, a hospital emergency department director, and Maine's state EMS director.
He is the past Chairman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SafeCom Program and continues to serve on its Executive Committee. Kevin is Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council and was bestowed its top honor, the Richard DeMello Award, in 2017.
Kevin has been an energetic promoter of the nationwide public safety broadband network since 2006. In August, 2015, he was named by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a second three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors and termed out in October, 2018. He currently serves as the NASEMSO representative to the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee. In 2018, Kevin received the Journal of EMS “Top Ten Innovator Award” for his FirstNet work. He was named by the Government Technology/Solutions for State and Local Government magazine as one of its 2013 “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation”.