Chief Skip Kirkwood was appointed on April 4, 2005, and leads the Wake County EMS Division within the Wake County Department of EMS.
His 33-year career includes line and leadership position in EMS agencies in eight states, including municipal, county, hospital-operated and community-owned EMS agencies. He is a well-known consultant, author and lecturer on a variety of EMS topics, including operations analysis, weapons of mass destruction, bioterrorism and major incident management.
Kirkwood holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, a master’s in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a juris doctorate from Rutgers University. In 2004, he was awarded the Executive Fire Officer certificate by the National Fire Academy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National EMS Management Association and is active in the National Association of EMTs Chiefs, Officers and Administrators Division.
Chief Skip Kirkwood