2017 Outstanding EMS Administrator

Rob Ham

This year’s award for Outstanding EMS Administrator goes to Rob Ham.  Rob began his career as an EMS volunteer while a student at Bridgewater College. Long time members of Bridgewater Rescue remark now that they had no idea Rob would become such a profound leader of the agency in later years.

Rob has served Bridgewater Rescue Squad as Chief for the past 9 years, stepping down this year after welcoming a 4th child to his family. During his tenure, Rob fostered a sense of teamwork to the officers and members that has driven the agency forward. Here is a brief glimpse at the achievements made under Rob’s guidance:

  • Rob has also served as the CISM coordinator for BWVRS.
  • He implemented a system to ensure consistent volunteer duty coverage while working with RCFR to compliment that coverage with career staff.
  • He oversaw the design, ordering, and financing of 2 new ambulances and 2 new SERV units.
  • The installation of a camera security and key card system for the building was driven by Rob.

These are just a few of the many tasks that were guided by Rob during his years as Chief. A good leader is fair, consistent, patient, open-minded, forward thinking, and decisive. Rob embodies all of these traits.

Rob’s dedication to Bridgewater Rescue is even more impressive when you consider his commitments were in addition to his work as a Game Warden for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and as a husband, and father of 2 biological and 2 adopted children. Rob comes highly recommended by a member with 30-years of service to the agency who said: “I have had the good fortune to work with several amazing volunteer leaders. Rob Ham ranks high on that list.”

Award Background:

An award given to an individual who has demonstrated ability to organize, conduct, manage, problem solve and evaluate within his or her organization and, by exemplary leadership and administrative skills, improve the effectiveness, response and delivery of EMS.