Berardino “Dino” DiBernardi, III, has been named Caldwell County Emergency Services Director. DiBernardi will replace Robbie Wilkie, is retiring effective October 1, 2015.
A North Carolina certified paramedic who has been with Caldwell County since 2005, DiBernardi has served as Division Chief for Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services, (EMS) since February 2014.
“It's a tremendous honor to have been selected to serve as Director of what is undoubtedly the premier agency in the area,” says DiBernardi. “I am blessed and privileged to have had an incredible career within the department, and I'm excited and eager to help lead a staff of men and women, who serve the citizens of our County selflessly and at the highest level possible. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to lead, and I look forward to achieving even greater success for the Department in the years to come.”
DiBernardi continues, “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to give back to a community that I have lived in my entire life, one that has mentored me and fostered growth since I was a child; from my family, to the many teachers throughout the years, and of course those in the fire service and EMS. There’s always those who pour their whole heart into their profession, those who strive to make a difference and give back, and those are the ones I hope to emulate; as Colossians 3:23 says “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”
After graduating Appalachian State University (ASU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Promotions and Psychology in 2005, DiBernardi began his career as a field paramedic before transferring to the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management divisions as a Certified Fire Investigator and NC Type I Emergency Management Coordinator. DiBernardi then returned to the EMS Division to serve as the Operations Chief prior to his promotion to EMS Chief.
During his tenure as EMS Chief, DiBernardi facilitated the replacement of the front-line fleet of transport units to Frazer Ambulances, accomplished the move to a 24/72 shift schedule, implemented the County's first convalescent program and is currently assisting in developing the Division's first Special Operations Team, an Advanced Practice and Community Para Medicine Program. He is also working to update EMS facilities around the County.
In addition to the Bachelor of Science from ASU, DiBernardi earned a NC EMT-Paramedic Certification from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute in 2007 and completed the EMS Management Institute Certification Program from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte in 2015. He also retains multiple certifications in Fire, Rescue, EMS, Leadership and Management. He also presently serves as a firefighter and paramedic for the North Catawba Fire & Rescue Department.
DiBernardi lives with his wife Jennifer and their daughter, Kinley, in Hudson.
For more information, contact, LouAnne Kincaid, Caldwell County Public Information Officer at 828-759-7879.
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