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A career Fire Captain / Paramedic EMS Coordinator and past volunteer chief officer, Rommie L. Duckworth is the Co-Founder and Director of The New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, the Editorial Director for and Past Executive Director of the First Few Moments non-profit education corporation. As a dedicated emergency responder and award-winning educator with more than twenty-five years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency services and hospital healthcare systems Rom is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and a contributor to research, magazines, & textbooks on topics of emergency services operations, leadership, and education.


Rom Duckworth offers keynote presentations and educational programs for leadership developmenteducational methodologyclinical health care topics and emergency services operations as well as consultation and coaching for organizations and individuals through the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine.

For regular articles and podcasts about leadership, education and career development in emergency services as well as citations and additional resources for Rom Duckworth’s presentations and educational programs see RescueDigest on the First Arriving Network.

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Areas of Expertise 


Leadership / Administration

2017-Current: Serves on National EMS Management Association Accreditation Committee.

2015-Current: Serves on Advisory Committee for the Sepsis Alliance charitable organization.

2015-Current: Serves as QA Subcommittee Chair and member the American Heart Association’s New England Cardiovascular Care Committee

2015: Served on the American Heart Association’s New England Joint Operations Committee

2013-2016: Served as Executive Director for First Few Moments nonprofit emergency services education corporation.

2010-Current: Serves as Shift Commander and Paramedic EMS Coordinator for Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department.

2009-Current: Founded and serves as Director for the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, LLC as well as the Editorial Director for .

1998-Current: Serves on numerous committees, workgroups and task forces for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department including In-House Paramedic Service, EMS Education, Hazardous Materials Preparedness and Memorial Day Services.

2010-2012: Served as Technical Rescue Team Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department.

1999-2001: Served as Union Steward for IAFF Local 1739.

1993-1997: Served on Board of Directors for New Fairfield (CT) Volunteer Fire Department.

1990-2000: Served on Executive and other committees for Squantz Engine Volunteer Fire Company (CT).

Instructional Design, Education Delivery, and Staff Development

2016-Current: Member of the Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group / NAEMT RECERT Advisory Committee.

2009-Current: Delivers fire, rescue, EMS, education methodology, and leadership development programs internationally through the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine, LLC.

2018: Instructor for the National Fire Academy’s January Training and Professional Development Challenges program.

2017: Connecticut Office of Emergency Medical Services EMS-Instructor Trainer Program Roll-Out.

2017: Instructor for the National Fire Academy’s January EMS Quality Management Program.

2016: State of Connecticut Fire Apparatus “Q Endorsement” Trainer / Evaluator

2016: Presenter at the National Fire Academy’s 2016 Executive Fire Officer Program Symposium.

2015: Member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC International 2016) Advisory Committee.

2014: Established Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department as an AHA Training Site for ACLS-EP, PALS and BLS programs.

2013-Current: Adjunct Instructor for Connecticut State Fire Academy.

2010-Current: Develops original webinar content for Texas Tech University, CentreLearn Learning Management, Cygnus Business Media, International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of EMS Educators, and others.

2011-2014: Educator for Chief Officer and Company Officer Leadership Symposia for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire Rescue International conferences.

2004: Coordinated first ACLS for Experienced Providers programs in Connecticut and New York City regions.

2004: Coordinated DHS’ Center for Domestic Preparedness first Standard Awareness Training For WMD in Connecticut.

1999-2009: Served as EMS Training Coordinator for Danbury (CT) Health Systems.

1995-1999: Delivered advanced EMS and public education programs for American Medical Response, New Haven (CT).

1992: Developed first formal recruit training program for Squantz Engine Company, New Fairfield, CT.

Emergency Services Advocacy and Research

2017-Current: Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) Editorial Board Member

2015: Advocated for prehospital sepsis alert protocols to be adopted by EMS agencies across New England.

2014: Testified before state legislature and performed committee work for legislation to establish Stroke Systems of Care in Connecticut on behalf of American Heart / American Stroke Association.

2003-2015: Served as American Heart Association ACLS National Faculty

2002-Current: Serves as American Heart Association ACLS, PALS and BLS Regional Faculty in Connecticut.

2009-Current: Keynotes and presents at national conferences including Fire Rescue International, Fire-Rescue Med, Fire Rescue Canada, FDIC, National Association of EMS Educators Symposium, EMS Today, EMS World Expo and more, as well as numerous state and regional conferences and symposia.

2012-Current: Contributes to research and development of emergency stroke treatment support for EMS Subcommittees of the Northeast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC).

2011-2012: Developed “Initiative for Best Practices in Advanced Life Support” program for Ridgefield (CT) FD.


Emergency Services Content Creation

2016: Wrote Vehicle Extrication and Technical Rescue and Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction Response  and contributed to Bleeding Control and Disaster Response chapters of the 8th edition of the AAOS Nancy Caroline’s Emergency Care in the Streets Paramedic Textbook.


2015: Wrote Patient Assessment and Team Approach to Healthcare chapters of the 11th edition of the AAOS Emergency Care of the Sick and Injured EMT Textbook.


2013-2015: Hosted and produced podcasts for,, and

2013-Current: Leadership, education, staff development and marketing consultation for Greenwich (CT) FD, Madison (AL) Fire Rescue, Cromwell (CT) FD, New Fairfield (CT) FD, and other organizations.

2011-Current: Writes original articles for print and online publications including Fire Engineering, JEMS, EMS World,,, Fire Chief, Paramedic Chief, EMS Professional, NAEMSE Educator Update and other magazines and print media (see Portfolio Section).

2012-Current:  Authored textbook content and educator resources for Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured  (Paramedic), Emergency Care in the Streets (EMT), ACLS for EMTs, and reviewed and edited Emergency Care & Transportation (AEMT),  PHTLS, PEPP, and more for Jones & Bartlett Learning. (see Portfolio Section).

2010-Current: Creates, edits and produces written, graphic and other content dedicated to leadership, education and career development in emergency services via the site and podcast.

2011-2013: Member: IFSTA Pumping Apparatus Operator, 3rd Edition Validation Committee.

2004-2009: Created emergency services education and marketing websites and content for Danbury (CT) Hospital EMS.

Emergency Services / Incident Management

1994-Current: Has provided paramedic care for fire-based, private, municipal and hospital-based EMS services in systems from rural paramedic intercept to urban EMS.

1989-Current: Has provided task, tactical and incident command-level fire suppression, rescue, hazard mitigation and related public services with Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department to the rank of Career Fire Captain and New Fairfield (CT) Fire Department to the rank of Volunteer Assistant Fire Chief.

Disaster Response

2007: Served as EMS operations officer at Joint Incident Command for anthrax exposure incident, Danbury, CT.

2001: Lead emergency response team to World Trade Center attack on September 11th-12th, 2001 through Danbury Health Systems in coordination with New York State Office of Emergency Management.

1994: Served as Treatment Officer in 111 victim multiple school bus crash in New Fairfield, CT.

1990: Provided volunteer EMS response to Hurricane Andrew Relief Effort.


Awards / Honors

  • Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award
  • Christopher Blackwell Dedication to Service Award
  • Ridgefield Fire Department Unit Citation
  • State of Connecticut Public Leadership Citation
  • American Red Cross Hero Award for Professional Achievement
  • State of Connecticut Public Service Citation
  • Danbury Health Systems Regional Educator of the Year
2003, ‘05, ‘11
  • BSI EMS Special Service Award for Response to 9/11
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