By Carol Vaughn —
Bryan Rush, Chincoteague director of emergency services, was appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam to a three-year term on the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.
Northam announced the appointment Oct. 29.
Rush is the only appointee from the Eastern Shore.
Rush was Chincoteague’s first paid emergency medical technician, hired in the early 1990s, according to Chincoteague Town Manager Mike Tolbert.
Rush is a licensed paramedic and, as director of emergency services, supervises 25 employees.
“In June, the Virginia Municipal League requested its members to submit nominations to fill an opening on the State Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. I submitted Bryan’s name to VML and he was immediately asked to apply,” Tolbert said.
Rush’s term on the board ends June 30, 2024.
The Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), part of the Virginia Department of Health, is responsible for planning and coordinating an effective and efficient statewide EMS system. Its programs and services are designed to ensure quality prehospital patient care, from when the call is received by the 911 center to the delivery of the patient to the trauma center or hospital, according to the OEMS website.
The Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board serves a a formal liaison between the OEMS and the public, ensuring that the OEMS understands and responds to public concerns and that the activities of the office are communicated to the public.
The advisory board provides advice and counsel to the OEMS and to the Virginia Board of Health about methods and procedures for planning, developing, and maintaining a statewide emergency medical services system.