Whatcom Medic One medical operations
are supervised by Dr. Marvin Wayne MD, who also is the state-appointed
Medical Program Director for all of Whatcom County.
As Whatcom Medic One Supervising Physician, by contract
with the City, he supervises the day-to-day medical operations of Whatcom
Medic One. This is separate from his service as state-appointed Medical
Program Director, and applies only to Whatcom Medic One operations provided
by Bellingham Fire Department.
His role as the state-appointed Whatcom County Medical Program
Director is in accordance with state requirements. This position
is certified by and appointed by the
Washington State Department
of Health, and operates under the direction and protection of the state.
In this role, he is responsible for the education, certification, and
quality assurance for the care provided by all emergency medical services in
Whatcom County. Thus, all emergency medical services personnel in Whatcom
County work under his state license, no matter who is their employer.
Dr. Wayne also provides physician oversight for Western Washington
University's paramedic training program (under contract with the City of
Bellingham), is an attending physician in the emergency department at
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, and is an associate clinical
professor at the University of Washington.
Long history of excellence
Since Whatcom Medic One's inception in 1974, Dr. Wayne has been
instrumental in stewarding it into one of the most successful community
emergency medical systems in the country.
Dr. Wayne's long list of achievements and ground-breaking research has
brought innovative medicine to our community and to the entire nation. He
is an internationally recognized expert in emergency medicine and
pre-hospital emergency care.
As the result of his work, Whatcom Medic One has received hundreds of
thousands of dollars of in-kind funding to assist in the evolution of
innovative products for prehospital care. For example, Whatcom Medic One was
among the first users of an automated defibrillator outside of a hospital
emergency room. With the assistance of Whatcom Medic One, Dr. Wayne
pioneered research on cardiac arrest resuscitation and survivability, which
lead to widespread adoption of special equipment and methods on cardiac
arrest calls for service. These and other successes have resulted in
long-term relationships with many leading manufacturers of prehospital