Shoals Ambulance Hires Tommy Widmer as General Manager of Alabama
Shoals Ambulance today announced that Tommy Widmer has joined the company as general manager of Alabama overseeing operations in Northwest Alabama and the greater Birmingham area.
“Tommy has strong entrepreneurial roots that will match well with our company’s growth model,” said MidSouth Regional President Bobby Peardon. “Shoals Ambulance’s employees, customers and patients will benefit from his experience in growing an ambulance company from scratch by developing strong, trusted relationships and anticipating and exceeding community needs. Under his leadership, I am confident that Shoals Ambulance will continue to serve with excellence and be well-positioned to extend that service to additional communities and customers.”
An EMS entrepreneur, Widmer founded Rapid Response EMS in 2004 in the Detroit Metro area. He grew the company from one ambulance and less than 15 employees to a nationally-accredited company with a fleet of more than 50 vehicles and 250 EMS personnel.
Through his skill at developing lasting relationships, Widmer secured contracts with municipalities, hospitals and health care facilities throughout the metro area. One example of innovative partnerships is the creation of Pulse EMS in 2012. Pulse EMS was his second ambulance startup in collaboration with Garden City Hospital. Through the new hospital-based service, Pulse EMS provides BLS, ALS and critical care transport designed to take patient transports to the next level with improved efficiency and effectiveness to the community.
In 2015, Widmer sold the company to Falck USA and continued to serve as CEO of Rapid Response and Pulse EMS. Widmer has family roots in Alabama, and in 2018, he decided to move south and join the Priority Ambulance family of companies heading its Shoals Ambulance operations in Northwest and Central Alabama.
“I feel blessed, excited and honored to be joining the talented team locally at Shoals Ambulance and throughout the Priority Ambulance family of companies,” said Widmer. “I am looking toward a promising future, continuing to build on the firm foundation started by the strong people in Alabama.”
Shoals Ambulance has been the 9-1-1 provider to Lauderdale County and City of Florence in Northwest Alabama since 2013. Additionally, Shoals Ambulance serves hospitals, medical facilities and 9-1-1 communities in the greater Birmingham area from its headquarters in Bessemer. The company provides 9-1-1 response in the cities of Bessemer, Hueytown and Fairfield working in collaboration with local fire departments.
Widmer has experience in EMS, fire services and law enforcement. He began his career as a firefighter and paramedic with the Huron Township Fire Department in 2003 and continued working with the agency until retiring in 2015 with the rank of sergeant. In 2016, he completed a six-month police academy with Schoolcraft College and began working as a reserve police officer providing policing to the community.
Widmer has been a licensed paramedic since 2001 and also holds a critical care paramedic certification. He has completed numerous leadership development and continuing education courses, including the National Fire Academy’s Leadership I, II and II, Incident Command System and the Health & Safety Officer courses; and the Fire Fighters Training Council’s Fire Officer I, II and III and Hazmat Awareness & Operations and Vehicle Extrication and Stabilization.
Widmer begins his duties on June 11 and will be based in the company’s headquarters in Bessemer, Alabama.