I am pleased to welcome two new Division Chiefs to the Department of EMS team. Joining us tomorrow are Division Chiefs Bruce Nedelka and Kevin Lipscomb.
Bruce Nedelka joined the Davis Corner Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1981, subsequently serving in a number of leadership roles including Squad Commander and Rescue Council President. He joined the staff of the Department of EMS as an Instruction Supervisor in 2002. He was subsequently promoted to the position of Division Chief in 2004, serving tours in Regulation and Enforcement, Training and Administration. He left us in 2013 when his family relocated temporarily to Texas. While in Texas he continued to be involved in EMS education as an instructor and clinical preceptor for the University of Texas Health Science Center. Bruce has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Fordham University. Division Chief Nedelka will lead the Volunteer Human Resources Division.
Kevin Lipscomb joined the Kempsville Volunteer Rescue Squad in 1989, advancing though the ranks in roles including Squad Commander, President, Brigade Chief and Rescue Council President. Kevin has a long history of innovation in the department, notably the creation of the OSCAR scheduling program. His experience also includes three years as the Deputy Director of the regional EMS council serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and its ten surrounding counties. Most recently he has run his own information logistics firm. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech. Division Chief Lipscomb will lead the Administration and Support Division.
Please welcome both new chiefs. They both have a couple weeks of orientation and training ahead, but will soon take on their new responsibilities supporting the organization and its members.