Robert B. Wylie, EMT-T
Fire Chief (RET)
Cottleville Fire Protection District
Chief Wylie recently retired from the fire service after 30 years of service serving first as a volunteer firefighter and then as a career firefighter, rising through the ranks to become the Fire Chief of the Cottleville FPD in St. Charles County, MO in 2005. He is a graduate of Lindenwood University (84’) The University of Maryland Staff and Command School (96’) and the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (2000).
During his tenure, Chief Wylie has served as director of the St. Charles/Warren County Haz Mat Team, and President of the Greater St. Louis Fire Chief’s Assoc. He currently serves as the President of the Professional Fire & Fraud Investigator’s Assoc. Additionally he has been an appointed member of the Governor’s homeland security advisory council, and is a current board member of the State of Missouri’s Fire Education and Safety Commission as well as immediate past Chairman of the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS). Rob has served as a Tactical Medic/ TEMS Team Leader with the St. Charles Regional SWAT Team for the last 19 years and serves on the Committee for Tactical Casualty Care’s Guidelines Committee. He has recently joined the faculty of the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support (CONTOMS) program through the Dept. of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.
Rob is a certified instructor through the Missouri Police Officers Standards Commission (POST), the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness as well as Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office and teaches regularly at the state, local and national level on leadership, counter terrorism and tactical medical support of law enforcement operations. He is featured regularly on FireRescue1.com’s web site. Other areas of instructional specialty include fire investigation, safety and fire inspection techniques.
Dr. Josh Bobko
Physician/Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Loma Linda University
Josh is 1995 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and served 5 years on active duty prior to entering medicine. He is Board Certified Emergency Physician and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. Josh is a national leader in the development of medical responses to atypical disasters and has spent much of the last few years lecturing across the country and internationally. He was recently recognized as one of the “10 Innovators in EMS” for 2015 for the First Care Provider concept.
Special Operations Corpsman (RET)
United States Navy
Bill is a retired US Navy veteran with over twenty years of service and multiple combat deployments during his career. Having spent six years within the special operations community, he has had the unique perspective of preparing literally thousands of military and civilian personnel to improve their resilience in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. Wanting to bring those skills back to his community, Bill helped found First Care Provider with the goal of helping others save lives.
- DFS 12-Instructor
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
As one of the only Department of Homeland Security recognized Stop the Bleed programs in the country, we are creating a network of trained individuals and organizations empowered to save lives. Outcomes to traumatic events must be improved by not only teaching perishable medical skills, but by providing a framework to employ those skills. This blended education model takes into account the special difficulty of mass education, and enables our partners to avoid duplication of resources. The First Care Provider™ program can be integrated into existing systems to reduce reflex time and improve your ground-zero time for response. How much can we improve your system? Graduates show a nearly three-fold improvement in response times to life threatening injuries. Start saving lives before help arrives!