Roane State’s Blevins named 2022 EMS Advocate of the Year by NAEMT

David Blevins, director of Roane State’s EMS program, has been named a 2022 EMS Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Blevins is one of only three people from across the country to receive the award.

The honor recognizes EMS professionals whose volunteer efforts advance the field of EMS through educating and engaging elected government leaders, EMS and healthcare communities, and the public, according to a release from NAEMT.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” Blevins said following the announcement. “I have to thank Roane State for so rigorously supporting our program as we train new generations of EMTs and paramedics to save lives. Advocacy is imperative to enhancing the future of EMS.”

The organization noted a number of achievements when congratulating Blevins for his award, including efforts to host city and county leaders for discussions and simulated cardiac arrest scenarios to help expand their knowledge of EMS.

Blevins has inspired college faculty and students to learn about EMS advocacy and the legislative process. He participated in last year’s EMS Day on the Hill and served as the leader of two state delegate groups. Blevins has also participated in many advocacy events across the state.

“His profound desire to make EMS the best profession in healthcare comes through in podcast messages he has delivered and conversations held,” according to the release from NAEMT.

Nominations for this award are evaluated on the extent to which the nominee effectively advocates for the passage of EMS legislation by educating elected leaders at the local, state or federal levels, building strong relationships, educating fellow EMS professionals and engaging them in advocacy activities in support of EMS legislation.

Additional information on the NAEMT Advocacy Awards can be found online at naemt.org/advocacy/National-EMS-Advocacy-Awards. For more information on Roane State’s EMS programs, visit roanestate.edu/EMS.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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