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Edward B. Bish Jr. – Director
Director of Operations

Edward B. “Bubby” Bish Jr. was appointed as the Director in July of 2006.  Bubby was raised in Petersburg and graduated from Petersburg High School in 1969.  Bubby began his EMS career in 1967 as a junior member of SVEC.

Bubby took over operations in 2006 with a staff of 18 full time personnel, 10 part-time personnel and 15 volunteers that staffed two ambulances 24/7.  With the tremendous call load SVEC has grown to a full-time staff of 19 personnel, 21 part-time personnel, and 30 volunteers that staff two ambulances 24/7, a third ambulance 12 hours a day and volunteers when available place a fourth ambulance in service on the weekends.  Thre notable projects Bubby has managed are the justification for placing a third ambulance in service during peak call volume hours from 10am-10pm, adding a sixth ambulance to the fleet of vehicles, and creating an addition management position with the implementation of a deputy director.

Bubby has been involved in the management and response of numerous large-scale disasters/events. The most memorable ones are assisting the city respond to the tornado that struck Pocahontas Island in 1993, EMS team leader responding to the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Crater 6 task force commander response to Abington, Hurricane Isabel in September of 2003, and EMS unified incident commander for the SRMC hospital move in 2008.


Bubby has taken an active role improving the EMS system throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He was appointed to the Governors EMS advisory Board in 2005 by Governor Mark Warner and served two three-year terms.   In 2013 he was appointed by Governor McDonnell to serve on the Governors School and Campus Safety Task Force Committee.
Bubby is Life Member and past president of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS).  In 2009 he was inducted into the Virginia Life Saving and Rescue Hall of Fame.  Currently Bubby is the Co-chair of the legislative committee and he meets regularly with lobbyists and Virginia delegates and senators advocating for EMS.  Bubby is the VAVRS Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) Course Coordinator and has worked to develop the curriculum over the past 25 years.  He is also a federal EVOC instructor and helped to develop the federal EVOC curriculum.
Elizabeth Papelino - Deputy Director
Deputy Director of Operations

Elizabeth has over 12 years of EMS experience and started her career at SVEC in May of 2006. She was appointed as the deputy director in 2013.  Elizabeth is an experienced operations manager with expertise in training, resource management, supervision, and logistics.
Elizabeth is a Nationally Registered Paramedic, holds a Bachelors of Applied Studies from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Science in Health Science from George Washington University.
Elizabeth has acquired of $750,000 in grants for SVEC.  She is actively involved with the VAVRS, serves as the grant committee chair, and developed a grant writing class for Virginia Volunteer Fire and EMS Agencies.  
Elizabeth has also taken an active role in improving the EMS system throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She serves on the Old Dominion EMS Alliance Performance Development Committee and Performance Improvement Committee as well as The Virginia Office of EMS Workforce Development Committee and EMS Officer Sub-Committee.
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