Director Seattle King County Medic One
Department of Public Health
King County, Washington
James Fogarty is currently the Director of the Seattle King County Medic One system in King County Washington. This world-renowned system is known for its “Medical Model”, tiered response system that produces consistently high survival rates. King County’s response area covers some 2100 square miles and is home to some 1.8 million residents. The response area encompasses a vast array of densely populated urban Seattle areas, major ports and rail systems, heavy industrial and manufacturing plants (Boeing) as well as some of the most remote areas of the Cascade Mountain range in the Pacific Northwest. This regional system consists of 30 fire departments, 6 advanced life support provider agencies and several public safety dispatch centers.
Prior to King County Medic One he managed a fire based emergency services in Pinellas County Florida. Collectively he has over 38 years of experience in Emergency Services with a background that includes many disaster activations such as the 2004 and 2005 “Hurricane Seasons” in Florida and “Hurricane Andrew” in 1992. He has managed medical care deployment for presidential visits and has commanded teams into South Florida following Hurricane Andrews’; into Charlotte County following Hurricane Charlie, and into Flagler and Volusia Counties following wildfires within those areas.
Mr. Fogarty holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA), and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Emergency Training Center. He holds degrees in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Administration.
Mr. Fogarty has published several research papers and had been a contributing author to several forums on Emergency Medical Care and Emergency Management. He is considered a subject matter expert on both Fire and Emergency Medical Services and has assisted FEMA since 1993 conducting over 100 courses on Natural and man-made Disasters. He is former adjunct faculty for Saint Petersburg College and Barry University in Florida and past Chairman for the American Heart Association’s panels.
He currently is the appointed representative on King County Emergency Management Advisory Council and the EMS and Trauma Council Region 6 Washington