Prior to April 1978, ambulance service in the Bulverde Spring Branch area was provided by New Braunfels Fire/EMS, as Bexar County would not cross county lines. No one needs to think twice about how long that took, especially in bad weather. In the interest of patient care, a group of dedicated individuals worked to create a local community-based ambulance service. The group pushed for increased standards in training, communications and patient care.
During the first few years, volunteers would rotate taking the ambulance home to respond to emergency calls for help. In 1980, the Otto Fromme family provided the ambulance service a gift of just over two acres of land along US 281 north. By March of 1982, construction of a building, ambulance bays, and training center was completed.
The original structure was expanded in 1999, adding an additional 5000 square feet of space. This served as the central headquarters for EMS until 2009 when a new location on Rodeo Drive was acquired. Just two miles north of the original station, a state of the art facility was built to meet not only the needs of emergency services but most importantly it was designed to meet the needs of our community. In October 2010, Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS moved into a new 18,000 square foot facility. The additional space allows for collaboration between Fire, EMS and police service agencies as well as providing meeting space for community events. One entire wing of the structure is dedicated to EMT training, basic as well as advanced, for many of the area's rural EMS & Fire organizations. Additional training opportunities, in cooperation with the University of Texas Health Science Center, continue to increase educational offerings for medical professionals.
Meet our fearless leader...
Mechelle Salmon is the Chief Executive Director for Bulverde-Spring Branch Emergency Medical Services. Director Salmon implements the strategic goals and objectives of the organization, and provides leadership and direction in line with the organization’s mission and vision. Director Salmon works hand in hand with the seven-member Board of Directors and its President in order to design, develop and advance the organization’s five-year strategic plan.
Mechelle Salmon began as a volunteer for Bulverde Spring Branch EMS in 1997 during its early years of development and growth. She has risen through the ranks with continued study and pursuit of innovation in EMS operations. Because of Mechelle’s leadership and hard work, Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS has become an award-winning agency and a model for community-based EMS. One of the reasons Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS was recognized was for the organization’s commitment to its community, its high ethical standards, as well as Mechelle’s selfless and inspirational advocacy for her community. Despite tough economic times, she has balanced the EMS budget for the last five years. Under her leadership, she increased the revenue stream by over 200% from 2007 to date.
Director Salmon is a passionate motivator. To her, the most important part of her job is to enrich others to do their job. She develops her employees on three levels: personally, professionally, and spiritually. One way in which she encourages employee growth is by providing book clubs and leadership training to all staff.
Mechelle also gives countless hours of volunteer work for youth team athletics and is the President of a 501 c 3 nonprofit, Acacia Medical Mission, that provides free or low cost medical care to un-insured and under-insured residents in Comal and Blanco County. She also serves as a co-chair for the Leadership committee of the Bulverde-Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce and is a Chamber Board Member. In 2012 she successfully brought a day-long national leadership event, The Chick-fil-a Leadercast, to Spring Branch and Bulverde which featured top-level business and sports leaders.
Director Salmon has kept current on her Paramedic certification, stays in uniform, and is the first to jump on one of the ambulances if the first four response vehicles and ambulances are already out on calls.
Mechelle is married to Drew and is the mother of five children. In her free time she enjoys learning about different cultures through study and travel.