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.
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.
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.