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Emergency Medical Consultants & Training

Training, Emergency Planning, Simulation

Our Staff

Douglas Bird, BApB, ACP

Director of Education

Originally certified as a First Aid Instructor at age 18, Doug has lived a life committed to public service, first as a volunteer with the St. John Ambulance and later as a paramedic. He has worked with Don in the Ministry of Health BTLS training teams. He has also been an instructor with the York and Durham Regions' Paramedic Base Hospitals.  Currently, he is a Quality & Development Facilitator with Region of Durham Paramedic Services. 

Doug is a member of the National Association of EMS Educators and has completed their level 2 Instructor's certification. 

He is an Instructor for The Canadian Red Cross, The Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation and an Instructor Trainer with the Emergency Care & Safety Institute.   


St. john Ambulance Letter of Commendation

St. John ambulance Long Service Medal with second award

EMS Exemplary Service Medal with second award

Ontario Auxiliary Police Long Service Medal with second award

Durham Region COA's Award for Public Service

Durham Region Paramedic Association's Murray Charland Award for Public Service



Donald Edwards, BSc, AEMT-P, PCP

Senior Instructor

Originally certified as a Paramedic in New York state in 1981, Don worked out of Greater Buffalo for several years before coming home to Ontario. He began teaching almost immediately after becoming licensed at Niagara Community College in Sanborn, NY.

As part of a Ministry of Health mobile instruction team, he taught Basic Trauma Life Support, to paramedics all over south central Ontario.  Don went on to found his own special events EMS company, Medstat, and successfully ran that until his first retirement. We were lucky to get Don to come out of retirement and into the classroom.

Don is a member of the National Society of EMS Instructor/Coordinators and the National Society of EMT-Paramedics.


Andre Robichaud

Lead Instructor, Wilderness Programs

Andre has 30 years experience instructing. He has taught  survival training, map & compass, escape & evasion training and field craft for the Canadian Armed Forces. He is certified by Heart & Stroke as an Instructor for First Aid & CPR.  Full time consultant / trainer for the Infrastructure Heath & Safety Association. Member/ Leader / trainer for Scouts Canada continuously since 1971.  

He is also certified as an instructor through the Emergency Care & Safety Institute and the Canadian Red Cross. He is well known for his Wilderness First Aid courses.


Gonzalo Rocha, EMT-P, ACP


Hailing from the great state of Texas, Gonzo has over 25 years EMS experience under his belt. He has experience as both as a ground and air paramedic. In 2015, he received an award for being the Paramedic with the most cardiac calls in Durham Region. 

He is an Instructor certified through  Heart & Stroke, Canadian Red Cross, and the Emergency Care & Safety Institute.


Brock Bodashefsky

Instructor & Sales Representative

Brock is an Advanced Care Paramedic with over 10 years experience.

He is, currently, taking the Adult Education Program at Durham College 

Along with Director of Education, Douglas BIrd, he is the co-inventor of the R.O.M.A. The Rapid Oral Airway Measuring Adjunct

Karen Kearney

Instructor,  Pet First Aid

Karen's multifaceted experience with animals makes her an ideal addition to out team.

Her experience includes,

  • Animal Care Specialist Diploma,  Universal Career Institute
  • Animal Care , Durham College 
  • Certified Canine Massage Therapist 
  • K-9 Security Obedience and Dog Handling Program Level 1 & 2, High Risk Sites, and         Specialized      K9 dogs 
  • Teaching animal husbandry in elementary schools     

Patricia (Patty) Battle

Lead Instructor, Child Programs (Manitoba)

A graduate of the Durham College, Early Childhood Education Program, Patty has vast experience teaching ECE.  


Amy Thornton, RECE

Lead Instructor, Child Programs (Ontario)

A graduate of the Durham College Early Childhood Education program, Amy is a member of the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators.


Rachel Bird

Administrative Assistant

A graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming college, Rachel keeps the paper work straight and is our first contact on the phone.