After moving back home to the Black Hills of South Dakota Mike began working with the Rapid City Ambulance Service as an EMT Paramedic/Manager and eventually transitioned into a Firefighter/Paramedic, for a 6 year role with the Rapid City Fire/Rescue Department. In the mid 1990’s, with a draw to the Rocky Mountains, Mike moved to Northern Colorado to transfer his valuable Fire/Rescue/Paramedic skill sets, where he worked as a TEMS Paramedic, (SWAT Paramedic), with local hospitals and Law Enforcement agencies. Mike also found himself working with the National Park service in Rocky Mountain National Park in both a “front country” and “back country” settings, as a Paramedic role with their, National Park, Mountain Rescue Teams. After a few short years Mikes leadership skills found him working up to management, (Captain), role, all while attaining, Advanced Critical Care and Community Paramedicine Certifications, with the local Hospital based Ambulance Services. Because he enjoys educating, Mike has been an EMS/Dive Rescue educator most of his career and currently works as American Heart Association Faculty for Estes Park Health in Estes Park Hospital, Colorado. Mike has extensive interest and roots in the Dive Rescue field, , since the summer of 1988, he has become, a corporate staff member for Dive Rescue International, serving as Director of Education and Vice President of Operations. Mike has co-authored many Dive Rescue International programs. While with Dive Rescue he has been involved in multiple, rescue/recovery operations throughout North America. Mike continues to enjoy his full time employment in Paramedicine and believes that EMS is the best career on the planet and truly is driven to assist other Brothers and Sisters in First Response, who are in crisis. First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to add Mike as one of our valued 911Overwatch, “Culturally Competent”, Peer Support Trained Paramedics, to our 911Overwatch; Urgent Care Deployment Systems, as Operations Manager.
Sharon has spent more than twenty years as a Nationally registered Paramedic. Her frontier beginnings were in “wilderness” medicine, in Wyoming, where assistance is difficult to access. This is where she gained skill and confidence to successfully overcome obstacles to patient care. Sharon is a National EMS trainer, with Advanced Cardiac Life Support, a educator of Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support educator and a Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Provider. She is a current instructor of record at AIMS Community College, Estes Park Medical Center, UC Health and has trained and lectured in multiple states. Sharon has been a senior and respected Paramedical Care Provider for a Major Hospital System in Colorado in urban medicine. Sharon is a contributor to Dr. Jack Digliani’s efforts for the inclusion of EMS personnel into the State of Colorado’s progressive law to provide a safety net for these vital First Responders in Emergency Medical Services, (EMS). Sharon also collaborated with Dr Digliani on his EMS Peer Support Manual in 2017. She is currently serving as Secretary for EMSAC for the State of Colorado. She is currently working on enhancements of her medical practice to assist First Responders and other patients to be stabilized in residence to enhance emotional comfort, protection and safety. Sharon is a valuable Peer Support Paramedic, and one of FRTC’s driving Northern Colorado forces to bring all Northern Colorado agencies into the, “One Team One Mission”, concept. She is excited to assist in the creation of this vital service to her 911 care continuum partners. FRTC, is proud to have this “Culturally Competent”, resource as an example of cooperation and care.
My name is Erich, I am 30 years old and grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois. Having a father as a mentor and physician as well as many of my family members involved in medicine, I had a great interest in assisting those in need. I moved to Fort Collins in 2009 in order to attend Colorado State University, where I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in biomedical sciences. During my senior year I acquired my EMT in order to gain experience for further education. Upon getting my first EMS job the following year working for a Colorado Mountain Community at, Eagle County Paramedics. I realized that this was something I wanted to do on a longer term basis. I moved back to Fort Collins in 2016, taking a job with then a large hospital EMS system. I recently finished paramedic school, and am loving it. Working with my First Response brothers and sisters, is a family feeling that related back to growing up in a Physician’s family. As my “Doc”, Dad has always taught us to care for others, I want to be there for my First Responder family when in need. When not working, I enjoy being outside biking, camping and travelling as much as possible with my girlfriend, and soon to be 8 year old border collie, who have quickly become best friends and love those activities as much if not more than me. Erich states that he is proud to be on FRTC’s ASAP response team to continue to serve..
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