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Joint Venture appoints Veteran EMS Leader Bruce Lee to head Regional Disaster Preparedness Initiative

SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 5, 2009 – Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network today appointed veteran emergency medical services executive Bruce Lee as the director of Joint Venture’s regional Disaster Preparedness Initiative. Lee, chair of the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services and most recently the Santa Clara County EMS Director, was selected to fill the newly established position after an extensive search.

“No one is better qualified to lead our regional disaster readiness planning than Bruce Lee,” said Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture. “In a region like ours where the ‘big one’ is inevitable, we need someone with big credentials to get us ready. Bruce will guide this initiative just as he leads field operations – by directing his team to act together decisively and effectively for the best possible outcome.”

In addition, Hancock said, government relations consultant and former San Carlos City Manager Mike Garvey will work with Lee and local governments to develop a joint powers agreement for the initiative. The disaster preparedness project is marshalling regional leaders and public and private agencies to help Silicon Valley prepare for, respond to and recover from a major disaster. The initiative includes plans for a regional Disaster Resiliency Center at Moffett Field to serve as a central command and staging area for responders, supplies, training and technology needed in the event of a natural or man-made catastrophe. The initiative is funded in part by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In his county post, Lee managed a complex EMS system in 15 cities that included 12 acute care hospitals, 3 trauma centers, 8 ambulance providers, 14 fire department providers and some 85,000 annual service calls.

Previously, Lee supervised the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management and EMS services for the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has also been a senior emergency management consultant with the Halliburton Corporation and served as the regional administrator for the Coastal Valleys EMS Agency based in Sonoma County before joining Santa Clara County nearly five years ago.

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