Hugh Coffee has worked as a paramedic / firefighter for over thirty years. During this time, he has held both line and administrative EMS positions at the county and state levels. He has provided emergency medical care and instruction in the austere environments of Guatemala, Kenya, Sudan, and Peru. In 1985, Hugh earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. He has authored Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Care Procedures for Emergencies and numerous magazine articles. In the field of tactical medicine, Hugh is a graduate of the Basic and Advanced United States Park's Police CONTOMS (Counter Narcotic Tactical Operations Medical Support) program as well as Heckler Koch's tactical medicine program. After developing and implementing the SWAT medic program for the Henry County (Georgia) Police SWAT team, Hugh served for 15 years as the team leader. He has completed a number of special operations courses including The United States Army's SRT (Special Response Team) and Field Tactical Police Operations courses, FBI basic SWAT course, and Clayton Regional Police Academy SWAT Officer Course. He has also trained in swift water rescue. Hugh lives and works in rural Georgia with his wife Karen.