Chris Matek has been in emergency services for over 35 years as a paramedic, firefighter, leader and educator. He started in Harlem and worked in New York City for over 16 years before moving West to the Chicago Fire Department and later to Minnesota. Throughout his career, he has been involved in education development and delivery at all levels of public safety. Matek has worked and taught in several areas of public safety from municipal-, hospital- and fire-based EMS services to local and federal services with the Department of Natural Resources. Along with teaching both EMS and fire programs, he was in Minnesota’s inaugural class of Community Paramedics (CP) and has been involved as a CP at the local and state level for over a decade.
Department of Community Health Services and Rehabilitation Science