Fisdap Advisory Board

Fisdap is dedicated to providing world-class solutions that assist training programs with scheduling, skills tracking, and testing. In our quest to provide innovative and useful solutions to the EMS community, we assembled the Fisdap Advisory Board. The Advisory Board provides input on long-range goals and objectives, reviews current solutions, and makes recommendations to the Fisdap team.



Meet the Fisdap Advisory Board

David Page

David Page, MS, NRP, is the director of the Prehospital Care Research Forum at UCLA and field paramedic with Allina EMS in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He serves as the current and founding chair of the International Paramedic Registry assessment and credentialing board. He is an adjunct Senior Lecturer and PhD candidate at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Jeff Anderson

Jeff Anderson is the program director of the Paramedic Program at Bossier Parish Community College. He also works as a paramedic for a local EMS agency. 

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Ted has happily served as an EMS services professional for 28 years and continues to do so to this day. Early in his career, Ted worked as an EMT, Paramedic and Associate Supervisor for a private ambulance service provider in Las Vegas, NV and San Diego, CA. Ted later became a member of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, where he is currently employed as a Fire Captain/Paramedic. Ted has been deeply involved in EMS education for the past 26 years. This has allowed him to bring his passion for EMS and the Fire Service to others as an instructor in EMT, Paramedic (including BLS, ACLS, PALS and PHTLS) and multiple San Diego Fire academies. Ted has been responsible for coordinating EMT Basic and Refresher courses and has more than 10 years of experience as a Paramedic Program Coordinator. His most recent accomplishment in this regard is the development, implementation and coordination of an initial paramedic training program within the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, where he currently serves as the Program Coordinator/Director. 

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Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and award-winning educator with thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and public and private emergency medical services. He is currently a career fire Captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department, Founder and Director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, and an emergency services advocate and educator at conferences around the world.

Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis has been involved In EMS since 1978.  He has worked for municipal, military, private and volunteer services during his EMS career.  He is currently a Nationally Registered and Georgia Licensed Paramedic.  He retired from the military after 30 years of service in the United State Air Force in the Aerospace Medical Service career field culminating as an Aerospace Medical Service Chief Enlisted Manager.  He is currently the Program Chair for Paramedic Technology for Central Georgia Technical College in Macon Georgia.  He has a Master’s of science degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University.  He holds a Georgia level III instructor’s license in addition to instructor certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, All Hazards Disaster Response.  He also volunteers as a Tactical Medic for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.  Richard currently serves as NAEMT representative on the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Education Programs (CoAEMSP) and is the NAEMT Education Committee Chair.

Charles Foat

Dr. Foat currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Medical Sciences Program at Johnson County Community College. In addition, Dr. Foat also serves as the Chair of the Kansas EMS Educator Development Task Force, a member of the Board of Directors for the Johnson County HeartSafe Foundation, and a CoAEMSP site visitor.

Dr. Foat began his EMS career in 1988. He has worked with EMS services and EMS educational programs in California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and most recently, Kansas. Dr. Foat has worked as an EMT, Paramedic, supervisor, educator, clinical manager, professor, and program director. He holds a doctorate in instructional design and a master’s degree in educational technology. Dr. Foat is passionate about improving EMS education and training programs with a focus on of evidence-based instruction.

Rusty Gilpin

Rusty is the EMS program director at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, where he leads faculty and administrative functions for the paramedic education program. He also oversees all other adult short-term allied health courses offered at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. In 2013 Mr. Gilpin received an Innovation Award from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for his work in scenario-based education and later that same year was named Gordon Cooper Technology Center's Adult Program Person of the Year.

Rusty is a published author and currently serves as the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) representative for the state of Oklahoma and co-chair of the Education Committee for the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE).

Rusty was the director of EMS Operations for Medic One Mobile Intensive Care Unit and has worked as a field paramedic for more than 25 years.

Tim Reitz

Tim is the Program Director for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, School of Emergency Medical Services in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Tim has been involved in EMS for over 30 years and EMS Education for over 20 years. He recently earned his master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Grand Canyon University. Tim is an active paramedic with Upper Yoder Fire Rescue and has served as a volunteer fire chief for the past 10 years. Additionally, he has served as a facilitator for the NREMT/NAEMSE Scenario development workshop, presented clinical and educational topics at local, regional, and national conferences, and has provided professional development in-services at local public school districts on technology use in the classroom. Tim is proud to be a subject matter expert and test item/scenario review facilitator for Fisdap and serves as a site visitor for CoAEMSP and CAPCE.

William Robertson

Currently the chair of the Department of Emergency Healthcare at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Dr. Bill Robertson has 25 years of experience in emergency medical services (EMS), critical care transport, and clinical education.  Bill is an avid writer, reviewer, and presenter, specializing in hybrid instructional development, Interdisciplinary teaching methods, critical care education, and research.  Bill holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in adult education with an emphasis in health professions. Bill completed his doctorate in Health Science with an emphasis on Global Health from Nova Southeastern University.  Bill has found his passion in promoting research and evidence-based medicine, specifically in the world of EMS, and in collaborating with developing nations in promoting EMS education and improving upon existing EMS infrastructures.  In addition to his administrative and teaching roles, Bill travels around the nation, and the world, presenting on topics related to clinical education, EMS, critical care transport, and research. 

Patricia Tritt

Patricia is the Director of Instruction for AMR in Denver, Colorado.  She has been responsible for the administration of comprehensive EMS education programs for all levels of prehospital providers and she has also provided administrative direction for a Level I Trauma Center.  Pat organized the Mayflower Crisis Support Team and coordinates the Colorado Crisis Support Network and she is an ICISF faculty member for the Group Crisis Intervention, Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Strategic Response to Crisis, Grief Following Trauma, Staff Support in the Healthcare Setting, and TEAM: Team Evolution And Management courses.  She has presented training programs in Canada, Australia, Portugal, Ireland, and Singapore and is a contributing author on stress and EMS issues for numerous emergency services texts.  Pat has received: the State of Colorado C. J. Shanaberger Award; the 9 Who Care Award for contributions as a leader of volunteer services in Colorado; the NAEMT President’s Leadership Award , the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Cofounders Award for Collaborative Outreach in the Field of Crisis Response; the Third Annual Daniel L. Storer, MD Award for lifetime contributions to the EMS professions; the 2012 Swedish Medical Center Leadership Award,  the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado Presidents Award, and the National Association of EMS Educators Legends That Walk Among Us award. 

David Wirth

David Wirth has served in the Fire/ EMS field as a Paramedic for over twenty-two years, ten of those years as a Rescue Supervisor with Oakland Park Fire Rescue. His background is diverse having served as a Critical Care Paramedic, Flight Medic, and K9 handler for US&R FL-TF2.  In addition to Fire/EMS, David has served as an educator with Broward College EMS for the last 14 years, and he was recently appointed as the Program Director. David started the “Broward College Outreach Program” in which college instructors provide in-service training to the local Fire/EMS departments that support student learning with regards to the Broward College goals and outcomes. Current projects include teaching EMS through our International partners and serving as a mentor for dual-enrolled high school/ college students who are on a health science track. David was recognized in 2007 and received the Broward County “Paramedic of the Year” award for outstanding excellence for his service and contribution to education and actively participates in both FAEMSE and NAEMSE.

Bill Young

Dr. Bill Young began his EMS career in 1975 with a small fire department near Williamsburg, KY. They began running first responder calls long before the phrase ever existed. In addition to Kentucky, his career has taken him to Tennessee, Colorado, Georgia, and Kansas. He has served as a street medic, training officer, supervisor, state regulator, and educator. Currently, he is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Department of Paramedicine at Eastern Kentucky University. He is also the host of the podcast, The Ten Minute Medic.