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March 11, 2003
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Richard Hunt, M.D., to head new national EMS organization

Richard Hunt, M.D., FACEP, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been named president of the Advocates for EMS (Emergency Medical Services).

Advocates for EMS is a new organization established by the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors to promote emergency medical services, educate elected and appointed officials and the public on issues of importance to EMS. In addition the organization seeks to monitor and influence EMS legislation and regulatory activities and raise awareness among decisionmakers on issues of important to the EMS community.

Since the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Hunt has played a key role in the development of disaster preparedness and training programs for emergency medicine professionals. He was a leader in the development of the four-hour Medical Response to Terrorism course sponsored by the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of State EMS Directors.

Hunt has held several key national positions, including as president of the National Association of EMS Physicians. He also serves on a committee of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is principal investigator of the federal study on enhanced wireless 9-1-1 services.

Hunt resides in Fayetteville.

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