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Pat Songer Director, HGH EMS Rescue

Pat Songer

(775) 623-5222 x1360

Director, HGH EMS Rescue

Experience & Education

Paramedic (EMT-P)
Certified Ambulance Service Manager (ASM)
Areas of Expertise
Emergency medicine, flight medicine, fire, rescue
"EMS 10 Innovator" - JEMS, 2011


Pat Songer, EMT-P, ASM, has been involved in EMS since 1988. He currently serves as the Director of EMS Rescue for Humboldt General Hospital in Winnemucca, Nevada. HGH EMS Rescue responds to nearly 2,000 calls each year across 9,626 square miles of rural high desert in ambulances, rescue vehicles, on ATVs and on bicycles. Pat also oversees a critical care ground transport program that responds to approximately 275 calls yearly to take patients the 160-mile, one-way, distance to trauma centers in Reno, Nevada. Pat has held many positions from field paramedic, flight medic, ambulance owner to his current administrative position. He also has a background as a volunteer firefighter, reserve deputy sheriff and tactical medic. Pat is a past member of the American Ambulance Association Regional Board of Directors. He has presented at local, regional, national and international EMS conferences on topics ranging from the use of handheld ultrasound and blood analyzers in the field to the successful marriage between EMS and Critical Access Hospitals. Since coming to HGH EMS Rescue in 2005, Pat has been instrumental in transitioning the all-volunteer BLS operation to a CAAS-certified all-ALS department of a Critical Access Hospital. During this time he has also overseen the launch of an impressive pre-hospital care program, a paramedicine program, a community educational outreach program—including distribution of nearly 200 AED units—and a tactical combat casualty care program for local law enforcement. Pat also helped establish HGH EMS Rescue as an American Heart Association training site and will oversee the graduation of its first paramedics in the summer of 2013. His efforts were recognized during the 2012 "EMS Today Conference" in Baltimore, Maryland, when he was named one of the 10 most innovative individuals in EMS.