Richard A “Doc” Clinchy, PhD
Doc Clinchy has over 59 years’ prehospital emergency care experience. Starting as a firefighter in New York State, his EMS and public safety career has taken him to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the US Virgin Islands, Louisiana, and now Florida. He has had the pleasure of sharing EMS education and experiences with providers on every continent of the world other than Antarctica. Teaching EMS for Doc started in 1970 and continues today. He has worked as an EMT, paramedic, firefighter, flight medic, hyperbaric technologist, and public safety officer, as well as both a part-time and full-time EMS educator. He is CEO of Emergency Medical Resources, LLC, president of Trigenx, LLC, and consultant to Aspen Medical International.
His company can issue certifications from the most basic first aid course up to and including Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. While a volunteer with the Coast Guard, Dr. Clinchy was an instructor-trainer for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, teaching at the USCG Training Centers in Petaluma, California, and Yorktown, Virginia. Clinchy is an awareness-level instructor for several DHS/FEMA courses on the subject of terrorist and suicide bombing as well as all ICS courses, HSEEP and RTIPP. He serves as a Training Officer with FL1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team, part of the HHS-National Disaster Medical System. Clinchy serves as co-chair of FloridaOne, Inc., the 501(c)3 corporation providing support to the Federal Team as well as the Emerald Coast Healthcare Coalition that serves ten counties in NW Florida. Doc is president of the National Emergency Medical Services Museum.
He has responded to hurricanes, the Super Bowl, National Security Events, many fires during his time as a professional firefighter, was part of the medical response to Ground Zero following 9-11, as well as treating thousands of individuals who were sick or injured during the course of his career. Widely published in EMS periodicals, he also the author of instructional texts on SCUBA, author of the emergency medical care chapter of the NOAA Diving Manual, and author of Dive First Responder as well as the creator of a course bearing the same name. Clinchy also authored Emergency First Aid On Board, an emergency medical primer for boaters. Dr. Clinchy is a US Navy veteran, Fellow of the Explorers Club, Life Member of the Navy League, Instructor Emeritus of the National Association of Underwater Instructors, member of the National Association of EMS Physicians, National Association of EMS Educators, and National Association of EMTs. He is also a member of the Wilderness Medical Society, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, life member and former board member of the Special Operations Medical Association, life member of The Camp Fire Club of America, member of MENSA, member of The American Legion, an honorary Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, life member of the National Rifle Association, member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Knight Chevalier of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and a Knight Commander of the Order of St. George.
Doc is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and completed graduate studies at Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, The American College, and LaSalle.
Honors and awards include: Defense of Liberty Medal from NY State for services rendered at Ground Zero; National Defense Service Medal; Stephen Frew National Leadership Award from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 1988; and was the national EMT Instructor-Coordinator of the Year as recognized by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians in 1989; Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America; Vigil Honor - Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America; and is a Fellow of the Explorers Club.
Dr. Clinchy has two sons, ages 21 and 46, two grandchildren, and resides in Navarre, Florida.