Bredesen appoints Webb to Emergency Medical Service Board

State Rep. Bob Ramsey, left, chats with Rob Webb.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

State Rep. Bob Ramsey, left, chats with Rob Webb.

Honoring Rob Webb for being named by Gov. Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board are, from left, County Commission Chair Steve Samples, State Rep. Bob Ramsey, Webb and State Sen. Doug Overbey.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

Honoring Rob Webb for being named by Gov. Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board are, from left, County Commission Chair Steve Samples, State Rep. Bob Ramsey, Webb and State Sen. Doug Overbey.

State Rep. Bob Ramsey, left, chats with Rob Webb.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

State Rep. Bob Ramsey, left, chats with Rob Webb.

This July, Governor Phil Bredesen honored Rural/Metro division general manager Rob Webb with an appointment to the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board. Webb will serve as a representative for ambulance service operators.

The 13-member Emergency Medical Services Board oversees the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Division, and is responsible for establishing all rules governing emergency systems throughout the state.

“This is a great honor,” said Webb. “When my family and I travel throughout the state, it is important to me that we are able to find the same quality emergency medical care everywhere that we at Rural/Metro provide to the people of this area. The rules and protocols established by this prestigious board help ensure that same high level of care is available in our rural counties as well as our metro areas.”

Established by the state in 1983, the board consists of members from all emergency medical services, including physicians, nurses, fire chiefs, safety educators and ambulance service providers. The board is responsible for oversight of the statewide EMS system, comprised of thousands of paramedics from 210 ambulance service companies operating more than 1,300 ambulances and transporting over a million patients annually.

The board ensures that proper equipment is on all emergency vehicles, regulates the emergency communications systems, sets licensing and vehicle inspection standards, and establishes rules to maintain and improve emergency medical service throughout the state. It also serves as an appeals body for Department of Health cases against EMS providers.

"Rob has proven himself as an exceptional and respected leader in the EMS community, and we congratulate him on his appointment by the governor to the Tennessee Emergency Medical Services Board,” said Bryan Gibson, Rural/Metro regional president. “He brings more than three decades of industry experience to the position, and a strong commitment to high-quality ambulance services that will benefit EMS providers throughout the state."

With more than 30 years of experience in emergency services, Webb has served as president of the Tennessee Ambulance Service Association and the East Tennessee EMS Directors Association. He is the 2005 recipient of the American Red Cross Hero award. He lives in the Seymour community with his wife, Angie, and their 16-year-old daughter. A member of Central Point Baptist Church, Webb serves as a deacon and youth leader and makes annual medical mission trips to Honduras.

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