Phillip Groves

Assistant Course Director of EMS Education

Back in 2013, Phillip Groves was one of the first EMT instructors hired here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education. Raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Phillip lived in the Tar Heel state for his entire life, with the exception of 12 years — much of it in the Middle East in both the Navy and later, the Army.

At NCOAE, he has served as an assistant course director coordinating with local agencies to increase higher education for our incoming EMT students. Prior to joining NCOAE, Phillip was a Level 1 EMS instructor and fire instructor at Cape Fear Community College (Wilmington); a paramedic at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington); and an instructor for Advanced Cardiac and Pediatric Life Support, BLS, CPR, and First Aid for the American Heart Association.

In North Carolina, he is a certified Level 1 EMT, a Level 1 EMS instructor, and Emergency Rescue Technician. He is also certified for Urban Search & Rescue and is a certified North Carolina firefighter (Levels 1 and 2). Rounding out his commitment to serving the community, Phillip is a volunteer Fire Captain with Magnolia Fire Department in Duplin County, N.C.

When he’s not teaching our students or providing aid those in trouble, Phillip enjoys hunting wild game, fishing in the Northeast Cape Fear River, participating in competition cookoffs, and spending time with his wife, two children, two stepchildren, and four grandchildren.

As for the future, Phillip sees himself in 10 years sitting with his wife on the front porch of a house in the mountains.

  • Level 1 EMT
  • Level 1 EMS instructor
  • Emergency Rescue Technician
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • North Carolina firefighter (Levels 1 and 2)

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