Ron Straight is a highly educated and experienced educator and practitioner in the Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical field. Ron with his wife Heather started SAFE over 30 years ago and have educated countless students from the general public right through to physicians, locally to internationally (Vancouver, Hong Kong, South Africa to name a few).

While working as an Advanced Care Paramedic with the B.C. Ambulance service (for over 30 years), Ron’s passion for teaching has also been a vocation and avocation, leading him to a Masters Degree in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia in 2000.

Ron is also a key participant in resuscitation research. Ron is currently helping facilitate a new placebo based trial in Vancouver and Toronto call “Frontier”. A drug called NA-1, given by paramedics in the field, will be evaluated as to whether brain cell death can be prevented during transport to the hospital. Ron also serves as British Columbia Emergency Medicial Services (EMS) representative on the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) for the US and Canada which conducts research on serious trauma and cardiac arrest care.

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With his flare for teaching, public speaking, solid credentials and experience, Ron speaks and gives presentations at conferences internationally.


  • Masters Degree in Adult Education – (UBC, 2000).
  • Bachelor of General Studies Degree – Adult Education, Kinesiology and Gerontology – (Simon Fraser University, 1992).
  • Advanced Life Support Paramedic – (JIBC, 1982)
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Advanced technician (Suffield, Alberta, 2009).
  • Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies (AIME) Instructor – (2009)
  • National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Instructor Trainer Canada(1978)
  • Instructor Trainer for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (BCLS and ACLS). SAFE is a Regional Training Affiliate.
  • Instructor Trainer for the Lifesaving Society of Canada. SAFE is a Training Affiliate.
  • Instructor with the Canadian Red Cross. SAFE is a Training Partner.
  • Content advisor for BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) Clinical Education and the Justice Institute of BC Paramedic Academy – created program to teach 3400 paramedics and 7000 firefighters updates to CPR/AED and ROC research (2006) and co-designed the new CPR/AED/ROC program (2011), co-created program to upgrade spinal and trauma care for BCAS paramedics (2009)
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support program (for physicians) medical educator (Western Canada)  – most resently Ron taught an ATLS Instructors course in Vancouver, May 1011.