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Colby Rowe, MS, NRP

Director of Emergency Management, Training and Outreach

Colby Rowe

Colby Rowe is the Director of Emergency Management, Training and Outreach at the Stony Brook University Police Department-Office of Emergency Management, working to further Stony Brook's reach and enhance our partnerships and collaboration on campus as well as with our regional emergency service sector partners. 
Colby joined the UPD-OEM team in March when our COVID response was ramping up and played an integral role in our campus response and recovery to the pandemic.  He was part of the leadership team planning, coordinating and managing the day-to-day operations of the COVID pooled testing sites and has since participated in numerous pandemic-related campus committees.

Colby began his career at Stony Brook University in 1991 with the Emergency Medical Services department as an EMT, then as a Paramedic, and eventually as Assistant Director of the department.  He also served as Director of Clinical Simulation for the Stony Brook School of Medicine and as the Prehospital Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Trauma Surgery at Stony Brook Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital prior to joining UPD-OEM.

Colby possesses decades of experience as a provider, educator, and administrator.  A New York State Paramedic, he has experience in pre-hospital and critical care transport on Long Island, in New York City, and as a flight paramedic in Suffolk County assigned to the Suffolk County Police Aviation Section. Colby is also a NYS certified Hazardous Materials Technician.  He has many years of combined emergency management and law enforcement experience, and is a 1994 graduate of the Suffolk County Police Academy.  Colby holds faculty appointments in the Department of Surgery, and is a Lecturer of the Health Sciences at Stony Brook’s School of Health Technology and Management, where he developed curriculum and taught courses in Trauma and in Emergency Response to Terrorism in the BHS Critical Care and Emergency Management concentrations.  He is a NYS Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) of EMS programs, and coordinates Prehospital Trauma Life Support and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care programs as an Affiliate Faculty member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

 Colby has coordinated numerous regional presentations, and is a regional leader in the lifesaving Stop the Bleed efforts, training thousands of Suffolk County residents in hemorrhage control techniques. He has coordinated trauma survival courses for numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties, and routinely presents on the subject of trauma care related to mass casualty events with members of the Suffolk County Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Sections.

Colby holds a bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services and a master’s degree in Healthcare Policy and Management from Stony Brook University.  He has completed studies related to terrorism, disaster preparedness, and emergency management from the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s Center for Domestic Preparedness and from the National Disaster Life Support Foundation, and instructs on topics of Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness and Disaster Life Support.



Phone: (631) 632-3046

Office Address:
Dutchess Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-5501