Dr. Dees began her career in EMS in 1984 while she was a fine arts professor in the Texas A&M University system. Beginning her career as an emergency medical technician at Eagle Mountain Fire Department in Tarrant County, she then worked for Medstar Ambulance from 1986-2001 in Fort Worth, Texas, and for Watauga Fire Department until 2013. She is currently assigned to the Irving Fire Department as the continuing education specialist. Dr. Dees also volunteers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a child safety seat technician for Safe Kids Worldwide.

Developing an interest in medical Spanish as she encountered an increasing number of Spanish-speaking patients during her MICU shifts in Fort Worth, Dr. Dees designed and implemented Spanish for EMS Personnel classes in 1994 for the EMS program at North Central Texas College (Gainesville, TX), and taught Spanish CE classes for Medstar Ambulance in Fort Worth. In 1999, she won a merit award for her Spanish for the EMS Provider presentation at the National Association of EMS Educators Conference in Phoenix. Dr. Dees has presented Spanish for the EMS Provider workshops at the EMS Region III Conference in Ruidoso, New Mexico in 2003, and Texas EMS Conferences 2002-2007 in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. Her book, "Spanish Reference for EMS Providers," was published by Pearson Prentice Hall in 2006.

Dr. Dees completed her PhD at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, with a concentration in health education and community health. Her dissertation was entitled "Perceived effects of sleepiness and sleep deprivation among firefighters and emergency medical services providers working a 24/48 shift schedule".


Graduate School
University of North Texas (1980)
North Central College (1994)
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (2009), Public Health

Research Interest

  • Art and science of writing test items
  • Design and implementation of the advanced practice paramedic (community paramedic)
  • Designing student-centered curriculum for the adult learner
  • Healthy living for firefighter/EMS providers
  • Injury prevention in the pediatric population
  • Spanish for the emergency medical services


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Guidelines for conducting an online course
Lynne Dees Domain3 September 2005 Winter 3-6
EMS educators grow up
Lynne Dees Carolina Journal of Fire, Rescue, and EMS January 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Great Ideas Presentation
    Spanish for EMS Providers (1999)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • National Assoc. of EMS Educators
  • National Assoc. of EMTs
  • Tarrant County Safe Kids Coalition
  • Texas Association of EMS Educators