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About EMS1 Academy

Combining multimedia technology with expert instructional design, EMS1 Academy offers comprehensive EMS training for first responder recertification. Our courses are designed to help emergency personnel maintain critical license compliance while keeping their skills and knowledge on the cutting edge.


About Praetorian Digital

Praetorian Digital is the leading digital media company in the public safety and local government market. We run a robust network of web sites dedicated to providing First Responders, Military, and Local Government officials with the mission-critical information needed to protect their communities. In 2013, Praetorian was named the winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award.

About the EMS1 Academy Team

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Dr. David Tan, Medical Director
As an Associate Professor and EMS Section Chief in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Washington University, Dr. Tan brings with him over 14 years of experience in education and emergency medicine. Dr. Tan earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a certified EMT-Tactical and has held many leadership roles, such as Medical Director at Abbott Ambulance, Inc. and Vice-Chairman of the State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services. He currently serves on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Emergency Preparedness Committee and is a member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Emergency Transport Oversight Commission.

As Medical Director of EMS1 and EMS1 Academy, Dr. Tan will provide medical oversight as part of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. His duties will include expert review of select EMS1 articles and evaluation of original EMS1 training videos to ensure accuracy and adherence to CAPCE requirements. In addition, Dr. Tan will represent EMS1 on the required Program Committee for CAPCE Organizational Accreditation.

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Alex Ford
Alex Ford, CEO
As CEO, Alex oversees the EMS1 Academy. As co-founder of Praetorian Digital, Alex has been developing websites and online technology for law enforcement & public safety for the past twelve years. He is highly committed to providing the information and tools first responders need to better protect their communities and come home safely at the end of the day. Alex is widely recognized as one of the leading minds in bringing online technology to the challenges first responders face on a day to day basis. He has also served as the primary product architect behind,,, the FireRescue1 Academy,,, and the numerous other public safety websites that Praetorian has created. His leadership has resulted in Praetorian being named the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 small business of the year.

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