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November 1, 2010 - New Interim Director serving for the State of Cailfornia EMS Authority

Daniel R. Smiley is currently serving as the Interim Director for the State of California EMS Authority (EMSA). Dan has regularly served as the Chief Deputy Director for EMSA since 1989. He previously served as the Interim Director of EMSA for varying periods from 1989-1993, 1997, and 2007-2008. He has been involved in emergency medical services since 1974.

Dan is responsible for the strategic vision and leadership of emergency medical services for California. He oversees the policy, program and regulatory aspects of EMS systems (including ambulance and trauma issues), EMS certification/licensing (EMR, EMT, AEMT, Paramedic) and enforcement, and disaster medical response.

Prior to coming to EMSA as the Chief Deputy Director in 1989, he served as Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the County of Fresno. Dan worked as an emergency medical technician and EMT-II in Merced County and as a paramedic in San Joaquin and Fresno counties. He also served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office. He was an EMT, paramedic, and MICN instructor in San Joaquin and Fresno counties. Mr. Smiley also taught at California State University, Fresno.

Dan graduated from San Joaquin Delta College Paramedic School. He has an Associate of Science Degree from Merced College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Fresno in Health Science, and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Health Administration, from the University of San Francisco. He did doctoral work at the University of Southern California in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Health and Public Policy.

Dan has published articles on EMS systems, trauma care, automated defibrillation, and disaster response. He is trained in Tactical Medicine and was a primary author on the recently released California Tactical Medicine Guidelines. He holds black belts in Shotokan Karate, Taekwondo, Jujitsu, Judo, and Aikido; and also taught martial arts in Sacramento for 16 years.

Dan’s present interests include increasing the visibility of the EMS profession, improving EMS systems, increasing the field medical response to disaster situations, and fostering innovative technology in the EMS sector.


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