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National EMS Museum Foundation Elects 5 New Board of Trustee Members

The National EMS Museum Foundation Board of Trustees elected five new trustees — Tom Bartlett, Richard “Doc” Clinchy, Bill Metcalf, Mark Peck and Frank Poliafico — at their first annual meeting at EMS Expo on October 11, 2007. These gentlemen join the current 10 board members to fulfill the foundation bylaw requirement of 15 Board of Trustee members.

Tom Bartlett’s (MS) EMS career spans 35 years, beginning with his service as a volunteer member of a rescue squad during the late 60’s. Tom has served the museum project for the past year in the capacity of Regional Coordinator covering the states of AK, LA, and MS, as well as contributing numerous pieces and conducting research for the Virtual Museum. Generally recognized as a historian and authority on American EMS development and ambulance equipment evolution, Tom has also completed a number of EMS historical projects.

Richard “Doc” Clinchy III, Ph.D, EMT-P, has over 50 years prehospital emergency care experience. Starting as a firefighter in New York State, his EMS career has taken him to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the US Virgin Islands, Louisiana, and now Florida. Doc has held various positions in EMS as well as founding and operating The American College of Prehospital Medicine from 1990 until closing the school in 2004. Now, as owner of ESF8-CON, he is a consultant to and representative for a variety of tactical and emergency care equipment manufacturers as well as being involved with the US military.

William “Bill” Metcalf, Fire Chief/Chief Executive Officer of The North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD), a full service emergency services organization providing fire protection and emergency medical services in northern San Diego County, California. Bill has than thirty years of experience in emergency services, including experience as a paramedic, firefighter, fire/EMS officer, instructor, state EMS director, senior association executive, and senior publishing executive. Twenty years of the experience at the senior management level.

Mark Peck, EMT-P, joined the New York City Emergency Medical Service in 1974 retiring as the Senior Paramedic in the New York City Fire Department EMS Command after 32 years of service. Mark has been interested in EMS history for many years, and has contributed material to the New York City EMS Museum, and the 2004 New York State Museum exhibit “Help is Here- A History of EMS in New York State”. He currently works for the Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) in Charlotte NC and has served as the state archivist for NC on behalf of the museum over this past year.

Frank Poliafico, RN, ED-Initial Life Support Foundation began his emergency services career as a volunteer fire-fighter and ambulance attendant in Chester, PA, in 1071. Frank served as Director of EMS for New York City (1977-80) where his many accomplishments included creating the NYC EMS Academy and the categorization of NYC’s 77 Emergency Departments. Frank is a founding member of several leading professional associations and organizations including the American Trauma Society, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the National EMS Educators Association.

The NEMSMF Board of Trustees would like to welcome the addition of these gentlemen to the board and looks forward to the input and expertise they each bring to this vital project.

Julie K. Scadden, NREMT-P, PS
Secretary-National EMS Museum Executive Council

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