We have been very fortunate to make amazing progress over the past several years. Much of our success can be directly attributed to the hard work and selfless dedication of these individuals. Their never ending commitment and determination is what has enabled us to achieve the success that we enjoy today.
Jason started his emergency services career as a Volunteer Firefighter when he was a senior in High School in 1990. Jason began his emergency career working in law enforcement and obtained his college degree in this field. After working as a both paid and volunteer in the local ambulance he decided to become a paramedic and moved to Laurens, SC where he started as a paramedic in 1999. Since that time Jason has been a Sr. Paramedic/Field Training Officer, QA/QI officer eventually becoming a Lieutenant on his shift. He also served for 4 years as the Coordinator of the Technical Rescue section of the county’s Special Operations Team.
In addition to his duties with LCEMS, Jason is also an IFSAC certified Fire Instructor I, and was an Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy. Jason spent over 3 years with the South Carolina USAR Task Force as a Structural Collapse Rescue Technician. Jason spent 2 years as an Assistant Shift Supervisor with Laurens County EMS, prior to resigning that position in 2015.
Jason has completed programs to become a Certified Privacy Officer, Certified Ambulance Coder and a Certified Compliance Officer and oversees the daily operations of our billing/claims processing division. His primary responsibilities include not only functioning as liaison/point of contact with our billing clients, but also assists our clients in navigating the pre-authorization process to Palmetto GBA.
Mike or “Sully”, as he is known to most, began his emergency service career as a Junior Firefighter in 1986 in Garden City, NY. He completed his EMT-Basic Training in 1992 at Blue Ridge Community College in North Carolina, eventually becoming a paramedic in 1998. In the last 17 years Sully has served in numerous capacities with Laurens County EMS, including Senior Paramedic, Field Training Officer, Assistant Coordinator of Technical Rescue, and Lieutenant. During Mike’s extensive career with Laurens County EMS he served as the Infection Control Officer for 13 years and Education Coordinator for 8 years. In 2016 he left LCEMS in order to advance his education and devote additional energy to Valor.
In addition to his responsibilities within LCEMS, Sully is an IFSAC certified Fire Instructor I and spent 5 years as an Adjunct Instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy specializing in Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue Education. He also worked for Belton Rescue Squad/EMS as Training Officer/Infection Control Officer for over 5 years. He recently completed the NAEMSE Instructor level two course as well as the NAEMT Instructor Methodology program. In the past several years he has conducted countless “freelance” classes for various organizations outside of EMS. These include industrial response teams, day care providers, nursing facilities and law enforcement agencies.
Sully was one of the original founding members of the Valor team, and is currently our Program Director. His duties include not only overseeing the daily operations of Valor, but also teaching many of the classes we offer. His extensive experience both as an instructor and a leader/supervisor have prepared him well for this role. In addition he has worked closely on many projects with the other members of the management team giving him great insight into their respective strengths. He has been qualified as an Advanced Instructor Trainer and Training Center Manager through the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI/HSI) since 2008, and will coordinate many of the ASHI based classes we offer. He also possesses extensive experience and training in dealing with various OSHA compliance related issues involving the medical field and will be the lead person to handle many of these needs for our clients.
Bryan began his emergency service career as a volunteer firefighter with Etowah-Horseshoe Fire Department in North Carolina, eventually becoming their Medical Officer and overseeing that department’s progression from Basic to Advanced Life Support providers.
Bryan has over 20 years of experience in the emergency medical field and is currently certified and a Paramedic in 2 states, and a nurse in 3. He was awarded his Associates Degree in Nursing from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management from Western Carolina University. Most recently Bryan received his Masters of Nursing Degree from Gardner Webb University with a specific focus on Education. He has served in a wide variety of staff development and emergency preparedness positions for both health care and other entities.
Bryan is currently an instructor in a wide variety of disciplines through both the American Heart Association and the National Association of EMT’s. Bryan’s extensive experience as an instructor and course coordinator have made him an invaluable member of the team. This versatility coupled with his wide-ranging experience dealing with administrative and facility issues are an excellent complement to Mike’s background.
Bryan and Mike first met each other in 1992, when Bryan was one of the Instructors in Mike’s EMT class. Since that time Mike and Bryan have taught together countless times. This included classes for EMS providers, hospital employees, industrial clients and nursing students.
Bryan not only teaches many of our classes, but also assists Mike with many of the curriculum development projects for Valor. His extensive experience in nursing education also enables him to assist many of our facility based clients meet their needs.