Local EMS leader to lead national group
Shawn Baird, Chief Operating Officer of Woodburn Ambulance Service Inc., has been named president-elect of the American Ambulance Association.
He will serve a two-year term as president-elect, which was announced at the 2018 AAA Annual Conference & Trade Show Membership Meeting on Sept. 7.
"It is a tremendous honor to have been chosen by my peers to serve as president-elect of the American Ambulance Association," Baird said, upon learning of the election results. "I am excited to put my experience to work helping ambulance services all across America provide essential care to their communities!"
With over 20 years of experience as a paramedic and co-owner of a small ambulance service in rural Oregon, Baird has had a unique opportunity to fill nearly every role in EMS. In his role as co-owner of Woodburn Ambulance Service since 1995, he has been responsible for general management of the privately held 911 ambulance company in Marion County and exclusive Advanced Life Support ambulance provider to an area of 450 square miles.
Baird notes his wide-ranging career experiences in EMS share the common bond of being centered on people and service, including everything from responding to 911 calls, teaching paramedics, assuring revenue and helping neighbors.
Before being named president-elect to the AAA, Baird served in various leadership roles within the organization: on the board of directors as treasurer, and as government affairs vice-chair, where he led federal government affairs and congressional lobbying efforts for national EMS trade association, and promoted EMS system development, finance and safety initiatives. In 2017 he was awarded the AAA Distinguished Service Award for his dedication and commitment in support of the association's legislative priorities.
In addition to his longstanding service to the AAA, Baird has served as president to the Oregon Ambulance Association, as well as a two-time appointment to the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board to advise state agencies on public health policy.
Founded in 1979, the AAA represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States. Established in 1978, Woodburn Ambulance is a paramedic owned and operated, exclusive 911 ambulance provider.
proximately 50 Paramedics, EMTs and administrative support answer more than 6,000 calls for service every year. Find out more at http://woodburnambulance.com/.