NREMT board selects new executive director; William Brown retires

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Board of Directors announced the selection of Severo (Tre) Rodriguez III, MS, AEMCA, NREMT-P, as the new executive director, effective January of this year. Rodriguez replaces William Brown, Jr., RN, MS, CEN, NREMT-P.


Rodriguez previously served as the program manager for the Southwest, Ontario, Regional Base Hospital Program, London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. He has been a member of the NREMT board since 2008. Rodriguez has also served as the associate dean of the emergency medical services program at Broward Community College, Broward County, Fla.; manager of quality and risk management at Sunnybrook-Olser Centre for Prehospital Care Toronto and Peel Regions Land Ambulance; and chair of the education subcommittee of the Ontario Base Hospital Group. Among other positions, he has served as assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, department of emergency medical technology, San Antonio.


In addition, Rodriguez has co-authored several EMS education-related publications. He is currently pursuing his PhD in learning management.


Brown steps down after nearly 24 years as the executive director. He has been with the NREMT for 26 years, beginning as the advanced level certification coordinator. He also served as a registry representative.


Brown has been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of EMS Educators, National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of Emergency Technicians and JEMS (the Journal of Emergency Medical Services).


Michael W. Smith set to retire


Durham County (N.C.) EMS announced that its director, Michael W. Smith, will retire effective June 30 after 37 years with the department. He has served as director since 2005.


Smith began his career in EMS in 1975. Following active and reserve military service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army, he joined the Durham County Hospital Corporation’s Emergency Medical Service. He became a Durham County Government employee in 1998 with the merger of Duke University Medical Center and Durham County Hospital Corporation.


The department has declined to appoint an interim director, hoping to name a permanent successor by June 1, following a nationwide search.


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