A Q&A with Allina Health EMS’s Brian LaCroix, president of the National EMS Management Association

Brian LaCroix

Before becoming a paramedic, Brian LaCroix was an artist who fell ill and had to call 9-1-1. His experience as a patient affected him so much he decided to pursue a career in EMS. He’s pictured here with his paintings that illustrate the history of EMS and 9-1-1, which hang in the Allina Health EMS training center and 9-1-1 center.

[Journal of Emergency Medical Services, April 17, 2019] Brian LaCroix is the president of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), an organization for leaders representing all service models. Brian recently retired from his role as president and EMS chief for Allina Health EMS, a hospital-based system with headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving more than 100 communities with more than 600 employees. It was named career service of the year by the NAEMT in 2017. Brian began his career in 1983 and has worked as a volunteer firefighter, EMT, paramedic, educator, author, peer counselor, manager and executive officer. Read more.

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