Dr. Copass currently serves as the Director of the Medic One Paramedic Training Program and the Medical Director for Seattle Medic One. He is an attending physician in the Division of Neurology at Harborview and the University of Washington Medical Center and recently retired after 35 years as Director of Emergency Services at Harborview Medical Center. A long-time Board Member and past president of the Medic One Foundation Board of Directors,Dr. Copass' legacy of rigorous, compassionate medical care is known worldwide. As a result of his dedication and service, our region's Medic One system is now considered to be the gold standard for emergency medical care in the United States.
"To be a good medic, an individual has to be an unselfish person, willing to get up in the middle of the night to take care of people who are lonely or people who are different in terms of their lifestyles and be unimpressed by the differences - seeing disease for what it is, not for what it lives in." -Michael K. Copass, MD
Our medics follow Dr. C's compassionate tone and approach situations with an :..."I'd love to" approach.."helping our neighbors" is what Craig EMS was built on, and what we stand for today...Chaundell Piburn
Youth First Responders is a youth team developed to teach young adults first aid and ETT skills. ETT'S ( Emergency Trauma Technicians ) help their Volunteer Fire & EMS squads across the POW island. We have team members in Thorne Bay, Kaasan , Naukati, Hollis, Craig, and Klawock. We train once a month, and go to many events around the island to support our community disaster teams. The ETT class is a comparable health 2 credit in high school and the first part of the state EMT 1 class. The power of YOUth!