Shawn Baird

American Ambulance Association


Woodburn Ambulance Service, Inc.  Chief Operating Officer/Vice President

Co-owner since 1995 responsible for general management of privately held 911 ambulance company in Marion County, Oregon. Exclusive Advanced Life Support ambulance provider to an area of 450 square miles.

Giard-Baird Associates, Partner 2005 – 2014

Partnership developed in 2005 to provide consulting services concerning emergency medical services to companies and governmental units. Clients included Oregon Health Authority, MetroWest Ambulance, Douglas County Fire District 2, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, and Cal-Ore Life Flight.

Professional Activities

Oregon State Ambulance Association – President

Lead industry advocacy group of private, fire, and hospital-based ground and air EMS providers serving Oregon.


American Ambulance Association – Board of Directors, Treasurer, Government Affairs Co-Chair

Lead federal government affairs and congressional lobbying efforts for national EMS trade association. Promote EMS system development, finance, and safety initiatives.


National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council – Member 2015/2017

Appointed by United States Secretary of Transportation to advise federal agencies on EMS practice and policy areas.


Oregon Public Health Advisory Board – Member 2008-2016

Appointed by two successive Oregon Governors to advise state agencies on public health policy.


Silverton Health/Silverton Hospital – Woodburn Advisory Board Member

Advise hospital administration on community health needs.


Medical Teams International – EMS Consultant Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia

Advise field staff on EMS system design, development and programming issues related to EMS in developing nations. Provided direct EMS training to private, fire, hospital, and volunteer providers at the lay public through Medical Doctor credential. Performed periodic and final monitoring and evaluation on EMS programs.


NORCOM 911 Center – Past Board Member, Past Chair

Guide 911 center on EMS call taking and dispatch services.


Marion County Ambulance Service Advisory Committee – Chair

Appointed by County Commissioners to advise on EMS and ambulance transportation issues to a county with 11 ambulance provider agencies.


Oregon Stroke Care Committee – Member

Appointed by Oregon Health Authority to advise on the development of a new statewide stroke care system. Develop and implement strategy to obtain provider and legislative support for stroke system.



Leading change: introducing an electronic medical record into a paramedic service, Leadership in Health Services, May 2016 Vol.29 No.2 pp. 136-150

Bringing H1N1 Vaccinations to Vulnerable Populations, Journal of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, June 2011 Volume 26 S1


Community Service

Associated Services for International Adoption – Past President, Board Member

Rotary International – Member Woodburn Club



York St. John University, UK, Master of Arts, Leading Innovation and Change 2014

George Fox College, Management and Human Resources, 1992-94

Chemeketa Community College, Paramedic, 1988-1990

Southern Oregon State College, 1984-85

My Sessions

Breaking News! Study Finds Working 24/7 Reduces Hypertension and Increases Happiness

Evaluating the Medical Literature A practical perspective on reading and interpreting the daily influx of research articles. In the era of data deluge, it is essential to develop a method for keeping up with current literature in your field. In this workshop, you will be introduced to basic concepts and strategies that can be used […]

Executive & Leadership Operations

“”Everything’s Negotiable”—Practical Pointers for Rock-Solid Facility Contracts

Join Brian Werfel, Steve Wirth, and AAA President-Elect Shawn Baird as they give you the tools you need to negotiate better facility agreements that you won’t regret later. In this must-attend practical skills workshop, attorneys Brian and Steve and provider Shawn Baird have teamed up to roleplay winning negotiation strategies with examples from actual facility […]

Compliance Executive & Leadership Operations

NEMSAC Intel & Updates

Get the update on NEMSAC from AAA President-Elect and NEMSAC member Shawn Baird. The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) was established in April 2007 as a nationally recognized council of EMS representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to NHTSA in the Department of Transportation and to the members of the Federal […]

Advocacy EMS Quick Takes Executive & Leadership