Judson W. Smith
Judson joined Emergency Services Solutions, Inc. in September 2009 and serves as the company’s Chief Administrator Officer.Judson began his EMS career at the age of 16 in 2005 as a volunteer at his local rescue squad. He completed his EMT-Basic while still in high school. Directly after graduation Judson began working in this field by obtaining employment at a Richmond Area hospital as an Emergency Room Technician. While employed at this job Judson furthered his education by attending J. Sergeant Reynolds University where he obtained his EMT-Intermediate, Paramedic and Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services by 2010. While obtaining his certifications and working as an ER Technician Judson also worked part time as a provider for a local amusement park and continued to be active in his local rescue squad. In 2009 Judson began providing as a Paramedic for Emergency Services Solutions and by 2012 was approached by owners Joshua Mullins and Blanton Marchese to consider becoming a partner in Emergency Services Solutions, Inc. Judson became partner and Chief Administrator Officer that year and has been working in this capacity ever since. Judson has also taken the additional training necessary to obtain his Basic Dispatch certification and works part time for two counties as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher. This has been especially useful experience as it allows him to have a unique and more thorough understanding of the needs of callers, Emergency Dispatchers and First Responders for these counties. Keeping a strong working relationship between all three parties is important to Judson as he comes from a long lineage of volunteer Fire and EMS personnel. His grandfather was one of the founding members of his local rescue squad at which he is still an active member. Judson has been serving as Vice President for this station since 2010, heads up many of their fund raising activities and is a primary point of contact for covering any staffing needs. In 2014 Judson received Hanover County’s Fire • Ems Provider of the Year Award for his hours voluntarily served and dedication to the proliferation of the volunteer side of Fire and EMS staffing within the county. Judson currently resides in Hanover County with his wife and daughter.
Blanton continued his education in prehospital medicine by obtaining his Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic certifications. Blanton has worked as a flight paramedic and has an appointment from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as a medico-legal death investigator. Outside of EMS, Blanton has continued to develop himself as a manager and a leader. He was a 2006 Fellow of the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia’s Flagship Program for Political Leadership. Blanton has been on the leading edge of the changes coming to EMS and launched a smart phone app that focuses on the EMS providers. Blanton has also worked with a number of established and start-up companies on how EMS trained providers can help drive the changes in Healthcare. Blanton most recently is honored to serve the Commonwealth on the Board of Medicine.
Josh co-founded Emergency Services Solutions, Inc. in April 2001, and serves as the Chief Operations Officer.
Josh began his EMS career in 1992 as a volunteer at his local rescue squad while still in high school. He participated in EMS competitions at the state and local levels before graduating with honors from Powhatan High School. While attending Longwood College as a Chemistry major, Josh continued his volunteer service and obtained certification as an EMT-Cardiac Technician by his second semester. After college, he began working at several private ambulance services in the Metro Richmond area and had the privilege of working in one of Richmond’s busiest hospitals as an Emergency Room Technician. Josh has continued his education completing Paramedic training and obtaining his National Registry as a Paramedic. In 2007 Josh was accepted into and graduated from the Powhatan Leadership Institute. He earned an Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services through J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in 2008. As COO and cofounder of Emergency Services Solutions, Josh expanded on services offered by leading the company in becoming an American Safety and Health Institute Training Center and serving as their Training Center Coordinator. In 2010, he built a small local ice cream shop which he and his family owned and operated for two years until they sold, adding experience in retail business and food service which provide him a broader understanding of small business. Josh continues to travel throughout the region to take classes, learning different methodologies and procedures, and continues to establish and build relationships with other local agencies. He and his family reside in Powhatan County, where he grew up, works, and continues to volunteer his time.
L. Blanton Marchese
Blanton co-founded Emergency Services Solutions, Inc. in April 2001, and serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
Blanton’s career in EMS began as a teenager, when his enthusiasm for EMS convinced the state to allow him to start Emergency Medical Technician class prior to reaching the minimum age. Blanton volunteered for a local rescue squad for a number of years, and completed Paramedic training by the age of nineteen. Blanton worked for a private ambulance company that contracted with local rescue squads, and was at the forefront of integrating career staff into a local volunteer system. Understanding the importance of education, Blanton attended college while working full time in EMS. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services Management. In addition he was awarded the first Louis J. Narduzzi Memorial Book Award for Excellence in the Emergency Services Management Program.