AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: KAREN OWENS
Karen Owens is a 15-year veteran of the EMS field, serving both as a volunteer and career provider for government and commercial ambulance services. Since 2001 she has worked at the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services in various positions, including emergency operations officer, emergency operations training coordinator, and most recently, emergency operations assistant manager.
Owens has authored multiple articles for Fire Engineering and has been a presenter at FDIC-East, FDIC, and the Virginia EMS Symposium on topics that include mass casualty incident management, rehab, EMS for ICS providers, and triage systems. She is a Life Member at East Hanover Volunteer Rescue Squad (Mechanicsville, Va.) where she has served as EMT/driver, public relations officer, and president.
Owens received her masters in public safety leadership (2005) and her bachelor of arts in psychology (2001) from Christopher Newport University. She holds certification as a Virginia EMT-Basic Instructor, Virginia Firefighter I and II, and is a Certified Emergency Management Assistant.