Savior Associates, LLC
With his law enforcement, healthcare, emergency management, public health, and education background, David Bjorkman is highly qualified to help Saviors clients achieve their objectives. Currently, Dave serves as the lead faculty member for the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Emergency Management bachelor’s degree program. In this position, he is responsible for course instruction, curriculum and course development, marketing to prospective students, and engaging emergency management leaders in the community.
Previously, Dave served as the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a 500+ bed trauma hospital and regional burn center located in Baltimore, MD. In this capacity he was responsible for the hospital’s emergency management program, to include developing, maintaining, and revising plans for National Incident Management System (NIMS), Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), and Joint Commission compliance. He initiated hospital-wide evacuation planning and training, developed the patient decontamination team program, and conducted medical surge planning, among other healthcare emergency preparedness initiatives. Dave also brings Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) survey experience, as well as Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant preparation expertise to his clients.
Prior to his position as a hospital EMC, Dave was a public health preparedness consultant in central Pennsylvania. During this time, Dave was engaged in a five-month, on-site deployment at the Southeast District Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) during the height of the 2009 Novel Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic where he provided operational and logistical support for PA DOH’s mass vaccination campaign. Subsequently, Dave worked in the PA DOH Office of Public Health Preparedness and Delaware Division of Public Health, Preparedness Section, to revise their Pandemic Influenza Response Plans to align both documents with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operating objectives. Dave has worked on multiple other emergency management planning projects with various state and local agencies. He has also developed, executed, and evaluated multiple HSEEP tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises, specifically in the public health, hospital, emergency management, faith-based, and educational sectors.
Dave spent over four and a half years as a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department. While in Baltimore City, he worked as both a uniformed patrol officer and plainclothes narcotics officer. Dave then served for almost four years as a police officer with the Penn State University Police Department and represented the department as an operator on the Centre County Tactical Response Team, where he was trained as both an entry team member and a law enforcement sniper.
Dave has completed the Department of Homeland Security National Planner's Course, Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) course, FBI Post Bomb Blast Investigator’s School, CARVER Methodology of Threat Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment, Casualty Simulation Moulage Course, and multiple other emergency management, healthcare, and public health trainings.
Dave holds a master’s degree in public health preparedness from Penn State University, College of Medicine. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University.