Program Director, West Point Fire Department EMS Training Program
LaGrange, GA – On January 17, the Region 4 EMS Council held an award banquet recognizing individuals and organizations throughout region 4 that have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Don K. Cagle “Kris”, program director with West Point Fire Department EMS Training Program received the EMS Pioneer Award.
The purpose of the EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PIONEER AWARD is to recognize and reward an individual in Region 4 for his/her unselfish contributions to the conception and development of Georgia’s Emergency Medical Service and for his/her continued support for the enhancement of the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care to the citizens of Georgia.
Kris began teaching EMS related course in Troup County in 1981 to include the first paramedic course in Troup County with the likes of some of those medics now retiring. In 1995 Kris would leave the West Point Fire Department to establish his company, SIFTA, to provide EMS and fire training throughout North and Central America in the industrial sector. Afterwards, Kris would return to the classroom with a fire base accepting a position in training with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department with an emphasis on EMT and Paramedic training. In late 2013, Kris returned to West Point to establish the West Point Fire Department EMS Training Program.
Kris is not only a valuable asset to the West Point and Troup County area he has taught classes and supported changes of EMS for the past 4 decades through education and advocacy in technology and equipment upgrades.