Robert Early, NREMT-P/AAS EMS, Redmond Director of Emergency Medical Services has been named the Stanley Payne Memorial Region One EMS Director of the Year by the Region 1 EMS Council. This annual award is given to an EMS leader that demonstrates the highest quality of service, support for employees development and commitment to improve his or her community.

The EMS Director of the Year must be nominated for the award with at least 75% of staff members submitting a form showing their support for the nominee. Nominations are then evaluated by the Region EMS Office and the title is awarded. Early was nominated by an impressive 91% of his staff members.

Early has served as the director for Redmond EMS for the past six years and has worked at Redmond for the past 19 years. Early is responsible for all operations, planning, staffing and financial functions for Redmond EMS in three counties including Floyd, Polk and Chattooga Counties. Prior to his current position, Early worked in several roles at Redmond including EMS Supervisor, Paramedic and EMT.

Early was instrumental in the successful on boarding of Polk EMS and Chattooga EMS to the Redmond EMS team in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The addition of these two great services to Redmond EMS more than doubled Redmond EMS’s fleet and staff and tripled Redmond’s coverage area. During both transitions, Early proudly led his team in reducing response times, expanding EMS fleets, developing leadership opportunities and integrating EMS into public emergency systems, among many other accomplishments.

“These guys are our heroes! Redmond EMS is saving lives by enhancing the quality and responsiveness of ambulance service in each county we support. I am proud they've been recognized and am especially proud the EMS Council is recognizing the importance of leadership in their selection of Robert as EMS Director of the Year. He is passionate about this vital work and has been an outstanding leader for this fine group of people,” says John Quinlivan, FACHE, Redmond Chief Executive Officer.

Director of the Year award is on the heels of Redmond EMS’s recent Service of the Year for Region 1 award and the Service of the Year for the State of Georgia award. These were earned for ingenuity in service, speedy response times, progress of the service, community benefit and employee satisfaction.

Outside of work, Early is a volunteer with the Floyd County SWAT team. He also teaches first aid and CPR in the community. He and his wife Sandy have two daughters and reside in Floyd County near Armuchee.