Arizona EMS Veteran Joe Gibson joins Maricopa Ambulance as director of administrative services and communications

Maricopa Ambulance announced today that Arizona EMS veteran Joe Gibson has joined the company as Director of Administrative Services and Communications.

“Joe brings four decades of experience in administrative services management and public safety communications in the Valley to our already strong local team,” said West Regional President Alan Smith. “We look forward to benefiting from Joe’s valuable institutional knowledge of the Arizona ambulance industry in virtually every aspect of our unique service model.”

“As Maricopa Ambulance continues to expand in the metro-Phoenix Valley, putting the right people and processes in place is critical to supporting our growth while meeting and exceeding our patients’ and customers’ expectations.”

Gibson will oversee all aspects of the administrative functions of Maricopa Ambulance to include quality assurance and quality improvement processes, asset supply, distribution and support services.

Through his communications center role, Gibson will direct the system status management deployment strategy to ensure efficient response for 9-1-1 service areas and hospital facility clients, as well as oversee performance reporting to customers and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). Maricopa Ambulance is a premier EMS agency through ADHS and participates in the data-sharing program that is used by the ADHS to identify trends and develop improvement methods across the state.

“Maricopa Ambulance has tremendous potential to grow in the Arizona market,” said Gibson. “I am looking forward to being a part of the team that makes that happen.”

Gibson began his EMS career as an emergency medical technician 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona, and quickly expanded his skills by becoming a communications specialist for Arizona Medical Transport. From there, Gibson spent 13 years as manager of operations for AirEvac Services before joining Southwest Ambulance as division general manager for eight years.  From 2007 to 2018, Gibson served as director of administrative services PMT Ambulance, which was later acquired by Rural/Metro and American Medical Response during his tenure.

Gibson is a lifelong resident of Phoenix, Arizona, and has been involved in many professional industry organizations, including the Arizona Emergency Services Association, Arizona Public Safety Communications Committee, Arizona Ambulance Association, ADHS Central Region Committee on Public Health Preparedness and the Arizona Emergency Medical Services, among others.

Gibson will begin his role on June 4 reporting directly to the west regional president.

About Maricopa Ambulance

Maricopa Ambulance is the exclusive emergency ambulance service provider to the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., and also serves the non-emergency medical transportation needs of hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.  Maricopa Ambulance is a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies and is recognized as a Premier EMS Agency by the Arizona Department of Health Services. It is also a member of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Arizona Health Care Association and the Arizona Ambulance Association.  For more information, visit

About Priority Ambulance

Priority Ambulance provides the highest level of clinical excellence in emergency and nonemergency medical care to the communities it serves. Priority Ambulance is one the largest, fastest-growing national private ambulance services in the United States. Throughout its national service area, approximately 2,500 highly trained paramedics and EMTs staff a fleet of approximately 400 state-of-the-art vehicles with the latest medical equipment and technology.

Priority Ambulance’s family of companies operates under trusted local brands providing medical transport options in ten states. The Priority Ambulance company partners include Shoals Ambulance in Alabama; Maricopa Ambulance in Arizona; Puckett EMS in Georgia and Southeast Tennessee; Central EMS in Georgia; Seals Ambulance in Indiana; Kunkel Ambulance in Upstate New York; Trans Am Ambulance in western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania; Medshore Ambulance in South Carolina; and Priority Ambulance in East Tennessee. Priority Ambulance also serves Baptist Memorial Health Care facilities in West Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas under the Baptist brand. For more information, visit