The Smoky River Ambulance Service Society, in McLennan, has officially named its new full-time general manager.
Rob Willick took over the reins as GM Aug. 19 following formal approval last month by executive members of the Smoky River Ambulance Society Board.
For the 38-year-old, the transition from EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) into the role of GM isn’t exactly something new.
Willick assumed the acting GM role with the local ambulance service authority last February after taking over the day-to-day operations from former general manager John O’Mahony.
O’Mahony resigned earlier this year due to medical reasons.
The new GM admits he is extremely pleased to be carrying on his work in the same capacity which he has grown accustomed to over the past six months.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of getting out and being actively involved in McLennan and the surrounding communities,” he said last week, adding that there are no immediate changes in the works.
“Our goal as an ambulance service is to continue to be proactive by focusing on providing quality medical services for the residents of this region.”
Willick, who is happily married and has two children, is no stranger to this area. He arrived in the region six years ago, taking over the position of manager at UFA Farm Supply in Falher – a company which he spent 19 years with before eventually calling it quits.
Looking back, he said his decision to pursue a new career opportunity in the field of emergency medical services was an idea he had tossed around for some time. It was also a position which he felt best suited his interests.
“Changing careers was something I considered for a long time. I just got to a point in my life where I felt it was definitely time for a change of pace,” he recalled.
That change, however, didn’t occur overnight.
Willick went on to successfully complete his two-month EMR (Emergency Medical Response) training course at Fairview College in March of last year.
Later that year in August, he moved to Lac La Biche where he trained as an EMT for six consecutive months – a commitment which eventually led to a permanent position as an EMT in McLennan the following February.
His role with the Smoky River Ambulance Service Society will consist of ensuring the 12 staff members are properly trained as well overseeing the ongoing maintenance of emergency response units, carrying out administrative duties and focusing on quality patient care.