Clinical Solutions Specialist
Having worked in Fire and EMS systems for over three decades, Bernie Horak joins the FirstWatch team as our Clinical Solutions Specialist. He is excited to work with our customers to get them the information they need to monitor and improve their systems and patient care. “I see myself as a bridge between our customers and our engineering staff to mine for the data that is in their systems and collect and develop it into a useful format,” he says. It is the opportunity to help improve patient care in a number of EMS systems and do the right thing for the right things reasons that makes Bernie truly passionate about his work.
Bernie received his Bachelor’s degree in EMS Management from University of Maryland – Baltimore County and his Associates in Criminal Justice from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY. He first started his career in the industry as a Firefighter/EMT with the US Air Force. Having worked in public safety for so long, Bernie has held virtually every position: paramedic, firefighter, EMS Coordinator, Assistant Chief in the fire service, supervisor, field operations and communications center manager and has led numerous EMS county and regional systems. Currently, Bernie volunteers as an Air Rescue medic for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and also serves on the advisory board for Crafton Hills College paramedic program.
When he is not working or busy volunteering, Bernie enjoys hiking, racing his Shelby mustang, target shooting and hanging out of helicopters! His travel goals include returning to Europe on a “Band of Brothers” location tour. He would however miss Tiger, a local feral cat that has made Bernie’s home his own.
“Bernie has a great sense of humor and always has his thinking cap on. He has a depth of industry experience and ability to understand the needs of our customers and provide solutions to help them meet those needs. He thrives on putting his theories to work and always take input with an open-mind.”
– John Selters, Director of Operations