Meet Assistant Chief Karl Parks

Karl Parks  |  Assistant Chief | Interim Paramedic Program Director | Primary Instructor

CCEMTP, Missouri Community Paramedic, AAS

Karl Parks is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Before entering the EMS in 2002, Karl worked as a Field Technical Instructor for Rockwell Automation and as a Radiation Safety Officer in the radiolabeled biochemical field.

In early 2002, Karl decided to make a major career change and attend EMT school. While attending school, Karl began working as an ER Technician at St. Joseph Emergency Department – St. Charles. Upon completion of the EMT Program, Karl attended Paramedic school. During this time and while earning his associate degree in Paramedic Technology at St. Louis Community College, Karl also worked at Gateway Ambulance. In 2005, after obtaining his Paramedic license, Karl headed to New Orleans, Louisiana to assist with the evacuation after hurricane Katrina.

Upon his return, Karl worked part time at Valle Ambulance in Jefferson County, MO before accepting a fulltime position as a Paramedic at Christian Hospital EMS. During his 12 years of service at Christian Hospital EMS, Karl worked as a Paramedic and eventually as an Operations Supervisor. Karl is credited for being a part of a pilot team of “Advance Practice Paramedics” at Christian Hospital EMS. This team consisted of Critical Care Paramedics that helped advance the idea and ultimate creation of Community Paramedics in Missouri. Karl, along with this pilot group of EMS professionals, were among the first certified Community Paramedics in the State. Karl has also coordinated and taught Critical Care Paramedic, Tactical Emergency Combat Care, and other specialty classes at Christian Hospital EMS. In 2017, Karl departed Christian Hospital EMS and accepted a position as a shift supervisor at Gateway ambulance.

In 2019, Karl accepted the position at Respond Right EMS Academy as a Primary EMT Instructor. In 2021, Karl accepted the position as Primary Paramedic Instructor. He currently serves as Respond Right Training Center Faculty and teaches BLS, ACLS and PALS. Karl is responsible for teaching all EMT & Paramedic continuing education classes, which will soon include Critical Care and Community Paramedic CEU classes.

In 2024, Karl was promoted to Assistant Chief of Respond Right EMS Academy. He has is also the Interim Paramedic Program Director. We are thankful that Karl continues to share his experience and knowledge with our students.