Standout Joshua Scott

Joshua Scott is a Remote Paramedic and was nominated by QHSE Coordinator, Jason Willingham. Joshua is being recognized for customer recognition, excellent performance, quality of work, and living the SMS mission. 

Jason exclaimed, “Josh recently joined the SMS family and has already made an impact.  He was assigned to a project that is not the most favorable of places, Grand Bahamas, to provide medical support for restoration crews working to restore destroyed infrastructure from hurricane Dorian.  Josh functions as a lead paramedic ensuring that the field infirmary and patients get the attention they deserve. He spends his days maintaining a smooth running patient care clinic, assessing and treating patients, attending multiagency operations meetings. Most days are 8-20 hours; however, Josh’s ethic never wavers.”

SMS Medical Director, Dr. Donal Thibodaux recently observed Josh in action. He stated, “Josh has worked extremely hard to provide a remote field infirmary that will provide quality care to the patients, responders, and local natives.  I am proud of Josh, especially since he has just begun as an SMS remote paramedic. I am blessed to be his medical director. Our clients, Equinor, Hornbeck Offshore, and ES&H have commented on the outstanding performance Josh has provided to their companies and the oil cleanup responders.” 

Thank you, Joshua! Great job! 

We spoke with Joshua to get an idea of what a day in his life looks like.

AA: Describe a typical day at work.

JS: My days are ever-evolving.  One minute, I could be pumping water out of a flooded tent, the next minute writing training plans, meeting with local resources to change the medical plan, responding to various emergencies around the site, or coordinating with resources to find supplies.  The only constant is that things will change. 


AA: What was the best vacation you have ever taken?

JS: My anniversary trip to San Francisco. The culture was amazing but biking across the Golden Gate Bridge was the icing on the cake. 


Aa: Describe yourself in one sentence.

JS: I’m a hard working, resourceful, and dedicated person that always looks to tackle new challenges.


AA: What is your favorite thing about your job?

JS: Meeting people from all around the world and sharing a laugh. 


AA: What food could you live on for a month?

JS: Sushi, definitely Sushi. 


AA: Do you have a side hustle, hobby or volunteer group that you’re involved in outside of work? What else do you spend your time doing?

JS: You can find me at home with my family or working on an ambulance in my local community. 


AA: How do you stay motivated at work?

JS:  I love helping people and believe that any work with my stamp of approval needs to be of the highest quality. 


AA: What has been the most fulfilling moment in your career so far?

JS: Getting to meet all of the wonderful Bahamian people and hear their stories of triumph.  So many have lost everything, yet they still have a unique warmness about them.


AA: Who would play you in a movie?

JS: Definitely somebody goofy and offbeat.   Andy Samberg, maybe.


AA: What would be your advice for future [safety professional]?

JS:  Continue learning; you will never know everything, so lean on people with experience. 


AA: Tell us about a moment that changed your life.

JS: Holding my daughter for the first time.  I recently returned from Iraq and was lost. Holding her grounded me and nothing else matter other than promising to give her a life better than I had growing up.


AA: What is your favorite activity outside of work?

JS: Traveling and spending time with my son. 


AA: Name one book that inspired you professionally.

JS: Tactical Medical Field Guide. 


AA: Which talent or superpower would you most like to have and why?

JS: Teleportation is a must! Being able to travel and see the world, no more traffic, airports, or boat rides, that’s a pretty big deal. 


AA: What was the best advice you were ever given?

JS: Walk don’t run. Breathed when you feel panicked. Ask questions, take in your surroundings, then go with your gut. Most importantly, smile. 


AA: Do you have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things on it?


  1. Tour Venice.
  2. Cross country trip with the family to see every State.
  3. Learn how Mawmaw makes her salsa.


AA: Do you have any pets? If so, what are their names? 

JS: My dog Marco, a beautiful brown and white American Staffordshire.  My cat (when he decides to come around), Mr. Whiskers. 


AA: A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. 

JS: I brought the chill, you were supposed to bring the Tequila.

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