Steve Blackburn has more than 30 years of experience in the emergency medical services industry and specializes in developing and implementing operational strategies that are designed to maximize growth potential, efficiency and profitability. He serves as regional president of Priority Ambulance’s MidSouth and Northeast regions, overseeing multi-state operations in two of the company’s largest regions. MidSouth region operations include Shoals Ambulance in Northwest and Central Alabama, Medshore Ambulance in South Carolina, and Baptist Ambulance in West Tennessee and Mississippi. The Northeast region includes Seals Ambulance in Central Indiana, as well as Kunkel Ambulance and Trans Am Ambulance in upstate New York.
Prior to joining Priority Ambulance in late 2013, Blackburn worked for Rural/Metro Corporation, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., from 2008 to 2013. He began his tenure in Nashville, Tennessee, as division general manager and was promoted to vice president of Rural/Metro’s East Zone, responsible for overseeing six EMS and fire divisions from 2010 to 2012.
Until 2013, he was vice president of new business integration for Rural/Metro Corporation, assisting in integrating new operations, contract retention and acquisitions. Blackburn also held several positions with various manufacturers of emergency medical technology and disaster response equipment, serving as national technical sales manager for TVI-Immediate Response Technologies and director of marketing for Ferno-Washington, Inc.
He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Franklin University and a bachelor’s degree in health education from The Ohio State University.