Richard M. Pearson

MBA, NCEE, EMT-P

Faculty at Butler County Community College

Richard M. Pearson, MBA, NCEE, EMT-P, has more than 25 years' experience as a prehospital provider and volunteer firefighter. His experience includes work in prehospital EMS (private, municipal and hospital-based), the fire service, hospital emergency departments, intensive care units, regional EMS offices, and EMS education.

He is a Pennsylvania certified paramedic as well as an EMS instructor who holds multiple instructor and educator credentials. He is certified to the Fire Officer I level and is currently completing the requirements for Fire Instructor II. He has certifications for basic vehicle rescue, special vehicle rescue and basic rescue practices.

Currently he is full-time faculty at Butler County Community College (BC3) in Western, Pa., where he was the paramedic education program director until the program was closed in June 2014 due to lack of students. He holds an MBA in health systems administration from Waynesburg University and a BS in general biology with minors in psychology and bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Rick has been married to his beautiful wife Susan for almost 18 years and has three children; Conrad, Luke and Lilyana. He maintains an active presence in his community by volunteering at North Strabane Fire Department, as well as a assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 1300. He maintains his skills as a paramedic by working with NorthWest EMS in McKees Rocks, Pa., as well as teaching EMS con-ed and certification classes. He is a major supporter of education in EMS. With that in mind he continues to debate with himself and his wife the benefits of a PhD.

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