Sebastian County EMS Paramedic, Josh Edwards, has been a medic for six years. Edwards says that service runs in the family. His father was a Fort Smith Firefighter. “My dad always talked about helping people,” said Josh. “He became a firefighter when I was four years old and ever since then I have heard stories about how he had helped people and it just went forward from there.”

Edwards took health classes in high school and earned his EMT license when he was 18 years old and then attended Arkansas Tech and earned his Paramedic license. Josh went to work for Southwest EMS for a short time and then joined Fort Smith EMS. When he turned 21 Edwards joined the Fort Smith Fire Department, where he also works on a full time basis. Josh took a full time position with Sebastian County EMS in October.

“I love it here,” said Edwards. “We are treated really well here. We have some of the best equipment and a really receptive medical director. It is like a family here; we talk and try to help each other out. It is a really good mindset”

Josh has been married to his wife, Kayla, for four years. They have two children, Heartley, four years old and Mcallister, two.