EMSA Paramedic and Assistant District Chief Brett Palmatary knew early on that a career in emergency medical services was right for him. In high school, Brett began teaching CPR and Lifeguard classes at the American Red Cross, which was next door to the local EMS agency. He spent a lot of time talking to the Paramedics who worked next door, learning the ins and outs of their careers. Brett was intrigued, and soon began pursuing a career in EMS.
Brett hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and joined the EMSA team in 2016. He was a founding member of EMSA’s Peer Support Team, which strives to improve the quality of life for team members by providing support and resources after stressful calls. Brett also serves as an Assistant District Chief and Incident Command at Special Events. He truly believes EMSA is at its best when every member of the team is working toward the same goals.
Brett is described by his coworkers as having “a servant’s heart,” which is reflected in his daily duties of meeting the needs of his patients, colleagues, and community. Brett has a unique ability to lead his team, while still remaining approachable and trusted.
Brett places a high value on continuing education for EMS providers. He says, “It takes a lot of time and effort; however, it is all worth it in the end.”