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Travis Kusman
Emergency Medical Services


Travis Kusman is the Director of Emergency Medical Services, which plans, implements, evaluates, and regulates the 911 emergency medical services system and coordinates disaster medical preparedness and response County-wide. He also serves as the Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator (RDMHC) for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Coastal Mutual Aid Region, comprised of sixteen counties with a total population of approximately eight million people. As the RDMHC, he is responsible for supporting disaster response within the region and providing mutual aid support to other areas of the state in conjunction with the broader medical health response system.

Kusman has over two decades of experience as a healthcare provider and leader in emergency medical services, beginning his career as a lifeguard and volunteer emergency medical technician, and later serving in senior-level executive leadership roles in both the public and private sectors. He has been recognized with the National Star of Life Award for his leadership of numerous programs that have reduced emergency response times, saved lives, and enhanced customer service. He is an active participant in several statewide committees, including as a member of the California Department of Public Health and Emergency Medical Services Authority’s Joint Advisory Committee on Health Emergency Preparedness. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emergency Medical Services Administrators’ Association of California and serves as chair of its disaster services subcommittee.

Kusman earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in public health policy and management at Emory University. He is a California-licensed and nationally registered paramedic, a graduate of the paramedic training program at Clayton State University, the International School of Tactical Medicine, and the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. He also completed an internship in trauma and critical care at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. 

When he is not at work, he enjoys traveling and the outdoors, including camping, scuba diving, biking, and hiking.