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Michael Shirey is a veteran paramedic with 26 years of experience in EMS and Emergency Management. He began his career in EMS as an EMT in Charleston County, earning his paramedic degree in 1996 and eventually being promoted to the position of Lieutenant. During his career, he has been involved in Tactical EMS leadership and training, Hazardous Material – EMS response and training, peer-to-peer support, and disaster preparedness training delivered across the State.
Shirey was then recruited to an area hospital as an EMS liaison and was responsible for improving relationships between the hospitals and EMS agencies, a project that was considered a resounding success. He was also charged with leading all the physical security and Emergency Management preparation and response for the all three campuses of the hospital system.
Michael Shirey has worn several hats during his time with Berkeley County Emergency Medical Services, including paramedic, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief, and Compliance Chief. He was a key part of the team responsible for the County’s COVID-19 planning and operations. He has developed and led the EMS Explorer Program and coordinates with the EMS development program at Cane Bay High School with the goal of developing our own home-grown EMT’s for Berkeley County.