Donald Garner Jr.The Chief of Professional Development is responsible for all aspects of education and training for the EMS System. This encompasses monthly continuing medical education, medical simulation training/evaluation, new employee academies, and medical training for first-responder agencies across the system.  He also oversees the medical component (Emergency Medical Dispatch) of the 911 Centers. Chief Garner has dedicated staff to support the programs.

Chief Garner was first hired by Wake County EMS in 1998 as a field paramedic. He was promoted to the Training Division in 2001, and to Deputy Director in 2013.

He is a founding member of the Special Operations Bike Team and has served as the team leader for several years.

Chief Garner has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Campbell University and an Associate degree in EMS from Wake Tech. He holds multiple instructor certificates and is a NC OEMS Level II EMS Instructor.


Donald Garner Jr.