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College of Marin EMS Instructor Wins Top Honors for Distinguished Career

Novato, CA—November 22, 2011—Ted Peterson, 49, a College of Marin emergency medical services instructor, Novato Fire Protection District battalion chief and Emergency Medical Services director, recently became the third Californian to receive the designation of Chief Medical Officer, an international, professional designation that honors his 31 years of experience in the field and community.

“It’s quite an honor to be recognized by your peers internationally,” Peterson said.

The Center for Public Safety Excellence designation recognizes his education, diverse participation in emergency services at the local, state and national level and demonstrated involvement in the broader community. A total of 74 people have received the commendation internationally in the past five years.

Peterson worked in the field in Solano, Sacramento and Napa County before coming to Novato about 10 years ago where he serves as administrative chief overseeing the education and training of employees in the Fire Protection District.

“There aren’t that many people that do what I do,” he said.

Peterson has been teaching most of his life starting as a wilderness survival training course in a previous career and earning his teaching credential in 1988 when he began teaching at Napa Valley College. He began teaching at College of Marin more than five years ago and currently teaches several courses in the Fire Technology Program.

His job as an EMT (emergency medical technician) instructor is “to guide students to their goal and to help them to become very good, safe practitioners in the pre-hospital environment,” Peterson said.

“The thing I love the most about teaching at College of Marin is the diversity of the student population,” Peterson said.

“My first 20 years of teaching was really generally to one type of student, a male in his late teens or early 20s.” That is not the case these days. His courses have drawn high school students, women and retired pilots.

“It’s really invigorated my desire to teach,” Peterson said. “There’s such diversity in age, ethnicity and background. I’m learning lots of things from the students that I’ve never been exposed to before. That’s really refreshing.”

Peterson teaches in one of the new Indian Valley Campus classrooms built as part of the college’s bond modernization program.