Kevin McGinnis’ career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) spans 28 years. He is a nationally recognized advocate for broadband communications within the EMS community. He advisies five national EMS association on communications technology. McGinnis is the Community Paramedicine (CP) Program Manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials, and was the CP Manager for Maine for two years, before becoming Chief of the North East Mobile Health Services, the largest paramedic service in Maine, where he has initiated four CP projects.
McGinnis is the EMS representative on the First Responder Network Authority Board(FirstNet). It is charged with developing the national public safety broadband system authorized by Congress. Recently, he was named to head FirstNet’s stakeholder and education efforts with the sovereign tribes in the U.S. He is focusing on gathering tribal requirements, proprieties and concerns for design of a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.
A member of the Public Safety Alliance, McGinnis also is Chair of the SAFECOM Executive Program, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security advisory committee on communications interoperability in public safety.
McGinnis wrote the National Rural Health Association book “Rural and Frontier Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future,” (2004) which broadly booted CP to its current popular status. NRHA, the federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health and the National Association of State EMS Directors came together to target national goals to meet the needs of rural communities. To download a copy of the book: http://188.8.131.52/groups/graphics/EMS_Book_9_17A.pdf
He holds degrees from Brown University and Cornell University.
McGinnis will host two presentations during the FRHA Educational Summit on Thursday, November 21. “Emerging Technologies in Rural EMS” will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Kim Littleton, executive director of the Georgia Association of EMS, will also take part in the presentation. McGinnis will also host the “Community Paramedicine” session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. To register or learn more about the FRHA summit, visit: http://floridaruralhealth.org/summit/