Dave is a New York City based EMS provider working in the field since 1994. He has worked in the private sector, as a 911 provider, and as a volunteer.
Over the span of his career he has participated in some of the most historically significant “big ones” such as the 1999 New York State Ice Storm, the Crash of American Airlines Flight 587, he lead a strike team during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort in New Orleans, headed a task force during the Hurricane Rita relief effort in Texas, and is a September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack survivor. Additionally he has taken part in some of the biggest “planned” events including being a Deputy Incident Commander at Woodstock ’99, supervised a task force for New Years Eve 1999 in Times Square, was a consultant for the Latrobe County Fair 2000, and was the Incident Commander for Rage Against The Machine’s Rock The Bells on Randall’s Island.
Since September 2014 to October 2015 he had operational oversight and responsibility for providing event medical services to New York City and the surrounding areas’ premiere mass gathering venues such as “The World’s Most Famous Arena“, “The House That Jeter Built“, and the Jones Beach Nikon Theater to name (or actually not specifically name, but easy enough to figure out) a few. In his free time he eats cereal.
A lot of cereal.
The Social Media Evangelist
Dave began his involvement in Social Media in November of 2005. His inspiration came from the time during his deployment in Sabine County, Texas for Hurricane Rita relief operations. During that time he would update the home office using an ongoing e-mail message chain that unofficially became known as The Sabine County Letters. Unknown to him, his e-mails had been forwarded and even posted at one location. The keen interest in these messages lead him to discover blogging, which was his gateway to Social Media.
Since 2005 Dave has been involved in Social Media aspects through the current major services and some defunct ones as well. During this time he has been able to hone the craft by testing out the theories of others, creating his own philosophies, and gathering a better understanding of the mediums involved through networking and practice.
The EMS Blogs
Thanks to the conversations sparked by Social Media there was a grassroots effort in 2009 to start the gears of change in EMS. While the conversations continued, the old EMS media attempted to become involved with the new media and bring it under an umbrella of sorts, mixing both Fire and EMS. As time continued on into 2010 it became apparent that the old EMS media was going to operate the new media the way they operated the old media… through exclusion and pontification.
Witnessing firsthand the non-priority EMS was being given by the old media, Dave decided to employ his knowledge to change things for EMS in the blogosphere. Thus EMS Blogs was created with the help of a silent partner for the purpose of being an all inclusive place for EMS bloggers from ALL types of EMS services to gather and continue the discussion that will hopefully be the sparks to the fire for changing EMS as an industry for the better.
On August 1, 2015 the EMSBlogs.com Network was turned over to Go Forward Media and placed under the umbrella of the First Arriving Network where it continues to grow and thrive spreading the good word of the Emergency Medical Services worldwide.