Jay Bradshaw is the EMS Director for the State of Maine. His EMS journey began in 1982, when he was working in a completely unrelated private sector career and took a Red Cross Advanced First Aid course. He then helped form a volunteer first responder service in his rural hometown and continued taking EMS courses. After completing paramedic training in 1986, Bradshaw changed careers and became the director of a municipal ambulance service. The following year, he joined Maine EMS as a licensing agent, then was promoted to Assistant Director, and in 1996 was appointed Director.
Bradshaw has served as the president of the New England Council for EMS and various positions on the Executive Board for the National Association of EMS Officials. He has been a site reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services since 1993 and currently represents NASEMSO on the National Fire Protection Association 1917 Technical Committee working on ambulance design standards.
Bradshaw still lives in his rural Maine hometown and remains active in town government.