Brandon Daruna, MBA, NRP, is the chief of the Gilpin Ambulance Authority and an EMS nerd. Living in Golden, Brandon enjoys being outside with his awesome wife and son, Wyatt. As a 19-year EMS veteran, Brandon values progressive EMS that suspends judgment in favor of high quality patient care and stellar employee support.
Beginning his career in New Orleans, Brandon cut his teeth as an EMT/Vigor at the City of New Orleans while receiving his EMT-I and Paramedic from Delgado College and Charity Hospital. Brandon then worked as a paramedic and educator for West Jefferson Medical Center EMS, an urban/bayou interface district, before being called to Denver by the mountain lifestyle and progressive medicine.
Over the last 15 years, Brandon has had a breadth of emergency service experience, working as a captain for Northglenn Ambulance, ski patrol assistant director at Echo Mountain, FTO with the Denver Health Paramedic Division, and Volunteer Fire Lieutenant with the City of Golden. Brandon currently serves on the Foothills RETAC Board of Directors, the Gilpin County LEPC and Emergency Services Council, the Mile High/Foothills HCC steering committee, the North Central Region UASI Board of Directors, and the Rocky Mountain Combined SWAT Team.
Brandon’s professional goals include becoming a transformative leader in emergency services, moving the industry into an era of improved efficiency and fiscal responsibility, while increasing employee support without sacrificing quality or capability. Brandon holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business and is a faculty member teaching their Public Safety Leadership program.