EMS Advisory Board
TargetSolutions’ EMS Advisory Board’s mission is to strategically develop ways to improve TargetSolutions’ EMS content using in-depth reviews, discussion of trends, identification of new and updated protocols, and feedback from course evaluations. If you would like more information on TargetSolutions’ EMS Advisory Board, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Bradley Elias, MD
Dr. Bradley Elias, MD is a board-certified emergency medicine physician in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently licensed to practice medicine in Florida and is affiliated with the Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville.
Dr. Elias graduated from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1997 and has been in practice for 19 years. He holds positions regarding disaster preparedness and response at a local, regional and state level. Dr. Elias’ positions also include serving as a medical director for the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department, an OPS government operations consultant for the Florida Department of Health and as a team physician for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Jacksonville Sheriff Office.
Ricky L. Rod, RN, CEN, NREMT-P
Ricky L. Rod, RN, CEN, NREMT-P, is currently a QA/QI Clinical Nurse Coordinator for the EMS Division, Rural/Metro San Diego and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Prior experience includes Paramedic Field Training Coordinator, RN Clinical Educator and Paramedic Field Training Officer in San Diego since 1987. Ricky Rod has been employed in Emergency Medical Services since 1973, including being one of the first EMTs in the United States Navy.
Ricky holds various EMS teaching credentials and currently serves as associate coordinator of the annual JEMS Games. California Emergency Medical Services Authority selected him to participate in a NATO Partnership for Peace Disaster Medical Action Team, and he served three deployments to Ukraine. Ricky is also a deployable asset for the USHHS DMAT-CA 4 Response Team, sponsored by the University of California, San Diego. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by California EMSA for his 40 years of dedicated work in EMS in 2012.
Ricky enjoys providing EMS for special events, including the Super Bowl, marathons, and golf tournaments. He and his wife, Linda, currently reside in the beautiful Laguna mountain community of Alpine, Calif., and have one son, who currently serves as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Coast Guard.
Brad Smith, Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant
Brad Smith, Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, started his career in public safety in Newton, Mass., as an EMT in 1981.
Brad Smith accepted a position with the Framingham Fire Department (Mass.) in 1988 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1999. He is credentialed in multiple disciplines for the Department of Homeland Security FEMA US&R system and serves as an agency representative to the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center and FEMA Response and Recovery Coordination Center. Brad responded to the World Trade Center attack and Hurricane Katrina as a member of MA TF 1.
Brad is a contributing editor and instructor for several courses with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials. He is also a Founding Member of its ANSI Standards Development Committee. Brad retired from a large National EMS provider in 2013 after serving 32 years holding a variety of positions ranging from EMT through Paramedic, and AHA Faculty. He served as Emergency Medical Dispatch Manager for the Eastern New England Region during his final decade in EMS.
Fran Hildwine, Paramedic
Fran Hildwine, Paramedic, is a Life Support Educator and Simulation Technician with the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences and a paramedic with Chester County Hospital.
An EMT since 1986 and a paramedic since 1989, Fran Hildwine is also an EMS Instructor with the Good Fellowship EMS Training Institute.
Fran holds an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology from DCCC and a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health from Widener University. He enjoys presenting at local EMS conferences, and he was the author of the “Hand’s On” new product review monthly column for the Journal of Emergency Medical Services for seven years.
Dr. Charles E. Moreland, Battalion Chief
Dr. Charles Moreland has 27 years of fire and rescue experience and has worked through the ranks from Firefighter/Paramedic to the Director/Fire Chief of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) in Jacksonville, Florida.
Having earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership in 2009, from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, Dr. Moreland has spent 8 ½ years as a Senior Leader of JFRD. His main focuses are on fiscal responsibility, increasing service delivery, mitigating risk, increasing employee safety, diversity, efficiencies and reducing cost. Dr. Moreland also serves as a member of the Mayor’s Senior Leadership Team as the Director of Community Affairs.
Michael Fraley, Paramedic
Michael Fraley has over 25 years of experience in EMS. He’s held a wide range of roles including flight paramedic, EMS coordinator, service director and educator. Fraley is also the coordinator of a regional trauma advisory council in North Central Wisconsin.
Fraley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Lakeland College and a Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from Texas A&M University. He has over 20 years of experience as an EMS education assistant and when he is not working as a paramedic, Fraley serves as a public safety diver and SCUBA instructor in Northern Wisconsin.
Paul Costello, EMT-P, FF, Fire Service Instructor
Paul Costello, EMT-P, FF, Fire Service Instructor, has over 25 years of experience in EMS and fire rescue. His published works include participation in a novel QA/QI initiative that led to an early adoption of the CARES program in his region. Paul is also an award-winning paramedic of his own right, as a former paramedic of the year.
Having served in several positions ranging from paramedic to Acting and Interim Training Division Chief, Costello has a love of evidence-based education. He was one of six global coordinators for the world’s largest cardiac arrest research trial. The findings from this work continue to have broad-reaching effects to this day in the realm of resuscitation.
He also personally won an American Heart Association ReSS Scholarship. He was an integral component of the team that earned the Florida EMS Provider of the Year and the national distinction of Heart Safe Community. Most recently, he was on the team that won the highly esteemed 2017 Silver Brandon Hall Award for Excellence for his role as the writer/director in the NFPA 1410 series.
Mike Binney, Training Lieutenant
Mike Binney, Training Lieutenant, has been working in EMS for 12 years and now serves as a Training Lieutenant of EMS at West Metro Fire Rescue in Lakewood, Colorado. Working closely with medical direction, he develops QM-driven curriculum and manages West Metro’s online learning platform for state and national recertification for 375 providers.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience as well as a certificate in business-driven advertising from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Additionally, Mike currently sits on the Paramedic Education Program Advisory Committee for the Arapahoe Community College Paramedic School as a graduate advisor where he continues to work as an adjunct educator.