FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2008
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS SPRUILL TO THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ADVISORY COUNCIL
(JACKSON, Mississippi)-Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Wade N. Spruill, Jr., of Hattiesburg, to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. This council is designed to organize, regulate, and maintain a statewide program to improve emergency medical care.
“I am confident that Wade will serve the people of Mississippi well,” said Governor Barbour. “His emergency medical experience makes him very well-qualified for this position.”
Spruill is chief executive officer of AAA Ambulance Services, where he has worked eight years. Prior to this position, Spruill served as director of Emergency Medical Services under the State Department of Health from 1971 to 2000. As EMS director, Spruill played an integral role in conceptualizing and authoring the original EMS plan for Mississippi as well as helping to steer passage of state laws regarding seat belt safety, road numbering systems, and telecommunications. In addition, Spruill developed the state’s first trauma registry.
He assisted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in developing trauma systems curriculum and was a member of the administration’s Technical Assessment program. Spruill has served as president of the Mississippi Public Health Association and Mississippians for Emergency Medical Services. He is a charter member of the Mississippi EMT Association; Mississippi Society of Certified Public Managers; and National Association of State EMS Directors.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Spruill holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He is a certified public manager and completed emergency medical technician training. He and his wife, Dianne, have two adult children, Erin and Tripp.