About Our Organization

The Work
The Work

The Emergency Medical Error Reduction Group (EMERG) is a listed Patient Safety Organization (PSO) built by and for emergency medical professionals to improve patient and provider safety across the continuum:

  • Emergency Medical Dispatch
  • Medical First Response
  • Ground Ambulance
  • Air Medical / Critical Care Transport
  • Emergency Department

EMERG can partner with you to:

  • Gather critical data – using your own event reporting webpage to implementing Just Culture.
  • Protect data from legal discovery – ALL of your quality and safety data can be protected within your organization and that which is submitted to EMERG
  • Drive improvement – based on what’s going on in your organization as well as share best practices with other organizations.

 We Take Our Mission Seriously

The mission of the Emergency Medical Error Reduction Group is to identify and understand the causes of error in the emergency medical system and promote adoption of evidenced-based practices that improve patient and provider safety.


Center for Leadership Innovation and Research in EMS

EMERG is part of the Center for Leadership Innovation and Research in EMS (CLIR), a registered 501(c)(3), charity, non-profit organization who is also responsible for the E.V.E.N.T. system, the nation’s first, free, anonymous EMS event reporting system.


A Patient Safety Organization

EMERG is a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) listed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary. This status provides federal protection for all quality and safety data and analysis for EMERG and its members in addition to any state peer review protections.

How do I get Involved?


Share your story and help others learn from your experience


Become a member organization and fully engage your staff


Volunteer to participate or request ‘Safe Table’ reviews of incidents


Become an Analytical Contractor


Provide a tax deductible donation

Tell Your Friends

Spread the word and encourage engagement. Share the site on Facebook or email it around the office.

Our Team

EMERG partners include experts with national reach and rich EMS experience to provide leading-edge education, data analysis and event investigations.

Gary Wingrove
President of CLIR

Matt Womble
Executive Director EMERG,
Performance Improvement Lead

Nick Nudell
Information Technology and Security

Cindy Sobania
Office Manager

Bill LeClaire, CPA
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Financial Consultant

Our Board

Center for Leadership Innovation and Research in EMS Board


Todd Porter
Metro Area Ambulance Service

Mandan, ND

Michael Touchstone

Fire Paramedic Services Chief, EMS Training
Philadelphia Fire Department
Philadelphia Fire Academy

Philadelphia, PA

Troy Hagen

Care Ambulance Service

Orange, CA

Chris Montera

Chief of Clinical Services / Assistant CEO
Eagle County Paramedic Services

Eagle, CO

Michael Nolan

Chief, Paramedic Service
Director, Emergency Services

County of Renfrew

Doug Socha

Chief Hastings-Quinte EMS
Director Emergency Service
Hastings County

Kevin McNichol
Meds-1 Ambulance
Grand Rapids, MN


Emergency Medical Error Reduction Group Advisory Board Members

Legal Counsel – Peggy Binzer spearheaded the crafting and passage of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), the founding legislation for PSOs while serving as senior health counsel for the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. In her practice she works closely with health systems, health information technology (HIT) companies, medical device companies, pharmacy chains, and other health care providers to protect health care communications and quality information to improve the quality of patient care. Peggy also founded and serves as the executive director of both the Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and the Academy for Allergy and Asthma in Primary Care.

Gordon Graham, JD is the co-founder of Lexipol and Gordon Graham Research Consultants and brings his 33 years of experience in California Law Enforcement to other public safety agencies and high consequence fields internationally. Mr. Graham is credited for many law enforcement safety innovations and is a sought after speaker and consultant. He has also been involved with Fire Fighter Near Miss program since its original inception in 2002.  

Scott Griffith, MS, BS, a 25 year employee of American Airlines first as an international captain, then as the Managing Director of Corporate Safety and Quality Evaluations where he is recognized for originating the the airline industry’s Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAP). He has successfully applied his experience into healthcare and other high consequence fields and currently runs the SG-Collaborative. 

David Kearns, MS, BSN, for over thirty years primarily in critical care and emergency care as a flight nurse with Flight For Life Colorado, Denver Base. David is the current Assistant Nurse Manager of that program and also serves as the coordinator for the CONCERN Network which begun in 1984 as a free, voluntary reporting process by which air medical / critical care ground transport operations may issue a bulletin to notify their colleagues regarding a variety of mishaps and/or tragedies.

Brian Maguire, Dr.PH, MSA, EMT-P is a professor at the Central Queensland University, School of Medical and Applied Sciences in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia who began his career a paramedic, an educator, a supervisor and an administrator in the New York City EMS system. A 2009 Senior Fulbright Scholar with over thirty publications in the areas of epidemiology, policy, management and disaster preparedness and is one of the leading researchers in the area of occupational risks and safety for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel.

Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, MS, NRP is a nationally registered paramedic (NRP) and senior scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. In 2007 he completed a fellowship in health services research at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Cecil G. Sheps Center and in 2008, he completed a fellowship in patient safety at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Patterson has published over 40 papers on patient safety, worker/clinician safety, and organizational safety culture in the emergency medicine setting.

Mike Nolan, BS, ACP, Chief, Renfrew County, Ontario, CA, former Chief of Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and current CLIR board member and will serve as a liaison to the EMERG Advisory Board. He is a long-time supporter of CLIR and especially of EVENT in Canada and is pushing for the implementation of improved community health programs utilizing Community Paramedics as well as working to advance ambulance safety regionally and nationally. He is also the editor-in-chief of Community Paramedicine, Canada’s preeminent journal on paramedic practice.

Dan Schaefer, NREMT-P is an Operations Director / Human Resources at Metro Area Ambulance Service in Bismarck North Dakota with over 23 years of experience in the field of Emergency Medical Services. He is actively involved in the Southwest Region North Dakota Emergency Medical Response Team, emergency preparedness planning and response team for the Bismarck and Mandan Area. Dan also provides volunteer emergency medical care as an OEC provider (Outdoor Emergency Care) as a member of the Huff Hills Ski Patrol and as an advisor for the Northern Division of the National Ski Patrol.


Jennifer Taylor, PhD, MPH, is an injury epidemiologist at Drexel University School of Public Health and PI on The Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) research project. Dr. Taylor trained in the field of injury prevention and control and investigates safety and quality issues in both patient and provider populations in EMS, fire service and other healthcare settings. Her research focuses on system design for patient safety surveillance and the association between organizational culture and injuries to patients and providers.