Associate Dean of Instruction and EMS Program Director
Alex Stadthagen, Brookhaven’s EMS program director, holds a B.A.A.S. degree in emergency management and administration from West Texas A&M University in Canyon. He also holds a Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) paramedic license and EMS program coordinator certifications.He started his career as a firefighter and paramedic in 1982 in the Springdale, Arkansas, Fire Department. He has held positions as a flight paramedic with St. Michael’s AirLife and CareFlite of Fort Worth. He continues to hold a position as a firefighter/paramedic with the Irving Fire Department, which brings a “street-level application” current approach to the program.
He has been a lecturer at the Texas State EMS conference for several years and maintains current registry as a paramedic with the National Registry of EMTs. He also maintains certifications as an advanced firefighter and hazardous material technician with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education; American Heart Association BCLS, ACLS and PALS associate faculty; American Academy of Pediatricians PEPP course coordinator and NRP instructor; and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians PHTLS and AMLS course coordinator.
He joined Brookhaven’s faculty in January 2000 to form the college’s new EMS program; its first paramedic class was accepted that month. The program’s students continue to achieve a 10 percent higher first-pass rate on the NREMT cognitive evaluation as compared to the state of Texas as a whole.