Rod Brouhard is a paramedic with more than 20 years experience responding to 911 calls in an ambulance and as a firefighter. He has spent the majority of his career treating and transporting the "Medicare crowd" as he referred to them. For ten years he directed the emergency medical services program at one of California's oldest community colleges and he began freelance writing during his tenure there. He trained emergency medical technicians and oversaw the first responder, pre-paramedic, and electrocardiogram interpretation courses. In 2005, Rod was honored as EMS Educator of the Year for the Mountain-Valley EMS Agency, a five-county region in Northern California. In March 2006, Rod was given the prestigious Star of Life Award from the California Ambulance Association. In May 2006, he received the national Star of Life Award from the American Ambulance Association. Rod was also honored as Paramedic of the Year for 2006 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3199. All of this experience as a teacher helps him to communicate with readers in the most simple and entertaining way possible. He writes regularly for trade journals such as EMS Magazine and EMS Product News, he's also a regular contributor to the Modesto Bee in Modesto, CA. He has published in various magazines and newspapers nationally, as well as regional markets on both coasts. Right now he is the Guide to First Aid for About.com, a part of The New York Times Company. He sends out a regular newsletter through about.com and tweets under his own name (you can follow him if you want.)