Howard A. "Skip" Kirkwood, JD, MSA

Skip Kirkwood

Chief, Emergency Medical Services Division
Wake County, North Carolina
April 2005 – present

  • Responsible for operation of county-wide EMS system, designated a “Model EMS System” by the State of North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • Leadership of county-operated EMS agency (48,000 calls per year, 165 FTE)
  • Monitor and coordinate six county-contracted EMS agencies (aggregate 22,000 calls per year)



BSUniversity of the State of New York
MSCentral Michigan University
JDRutgers University School of Law, graduated with honors
Certificate in Municipal and County Administration, UNC School of Government



CMO - Chief Medical Officer DesignationCommission on Public Safety Excellence, January 2008
EFO - Executive Fire Officer CertificateU.S. Fire Administration, May 2004
Member of the BarPA, NJ, U.S. D.N.J. and D.Pa, 3rd U.S. Circuit Court, 1990 - present (inactive)
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, 1984 - present
State of North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, 2005 - present

Over 30 years of successful and innovative EMS leadership experience at the national, state, and local levels, including management of direct service delivery, teaching, research, publication, and advocacy.