Steve Wirth is one of the best-known EMS attorneys and consultants in the United States. In a distinguished four-decade public safety career, Steve has worked in virtually every facet of EMS – as first responder, firefighter, EMT, paramedic, flight paramedic, EMS instructor, fire officer, and EMS executive. He was one of central Pennsylvania’s first paramedics. Steve brings a pragmatic and business-oriented perspective to his diverse legal practice having served for almost a decade as senior executive of a mid-sized air and ground ambulance service, helping to build the company from the ground up.
Steve is a dynamic and sought-after speaker at regional, state and national conferences on a variety of EMS and public safety subjects. He has authored many articles and book chapters on a wide range of EMS leadership, reimbursement, risk management, corporate compliance and workplace law topics. A contributing writer for JEMS, (where he serves on the editorial board), EMS Insider, EMS1 and EMS World, Steve has co-authored the highly acclaimed and popular compliance manuals and video training programs produced by PWW. He enjoys teaching and is an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh EMS degree program.
Steve is a past chair of the Panel of Commissioners for CAAS, the national ambulance accrediting body. He serves on the boards of the Pennsylvania EMS Provider Foundation, the National EMS Memorial Service, and is an active participant in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride – the “Muddy Angels.” A space exploration enthusiast, Steve serves on the board of trustees of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, created by the Mercury astronauts. He is a life member of the Nippenose Valley Fire Co. near Jersey Shore, PA, where he started his public safety career at age 16 as a junior firefighter and served as Deputy Fire Chief, and the Hampden Twp. Fire Company in Mechanicsburg, PA. where he recently “retired” as Safety Officer. Steve was the recipient of the prestigious James O. Page Leadership Award in 2013. Steve and his wife Jill enjoy boating, scuba diving, and spending time with family – including their two grandsons, Calvin and Jace, and their golden retriever, Piper.