Emergency Responders Benefits Association Gives Back

You spend your life giving back to the community. Now we want to give back to you.

Emergency Responders Benefits Association (erba) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the lives of first responders. We are committed to giving back to first responders by providing a support system to help them with their everyday essentials of life.

We are helping erba members by providing guaranteed issue insurance coverage, wellness and support plans and discounts to thousands of local and national merchandisers.

Proceeds collected by erba are reinvested back into the organization to continually add and improve our services to you.


About our Founders

Leslie L. Vaughn, Jr.

For many years, President and Founder of ERBA Leslie Vaughn has held a deep appreciation for the dedication, commitment and hard work afforded by first responders to provide life-saving services to their community members. This passion dates back to more than 25 years ago when she founded a nationwide billing and collection company for ambulance transport and fire services called EMS Billing Services Inc. Here she saw firsthand the challenges many small communities face in generating the revenue and volunteers necessary to keep their services viable.

Vaughn dedicated her company to helping small town EMS and fire services survive by sharing her billing and coding expertise and vast knowledge and understanding of Medicare rules and regulations. While Vaughn sold the company in 2019, she still holds a special place in her heart for first responders. Inspired by her desire to recognize first responders for their unrelenting service to others, she decided to create ERBA as a way to give back.

It is Vaughn’s desire to continue to add more services for ERBA members as the company grows. But we need your input and feedback. The company was created for you, so please let us know what types of discount services you would like to see us offer.

Brent Thor

Brent Thor, Vice President of ERBA, has had a long-standing and varied career in the EMS/fire industry that began more than 30 years ago as a firefighter, paramedic, and later, a fire chief.

Thor later transitioned to working for several EMS software organizations and a  management consulting company in revenue cycle management. He currently manages his own consulting firm that focuses on making fire and EMS organizations safer and more efficient. Through his extensive experience in the field, he has become a highly regarded industry leader in operations, management, technology and training and has built a strong passion and commitment to improving the industry and the lives of first responders.


Ryan Stark

Ryan, Board Member of ERBA, has dedicated his professional life to serving the EMS industry and he has a deep admiration for providers, administrators, and leaders in EMS.  In 2007, Ryan joined the National EMS Industry Law Firm® – Page Wolfberg & Wirth -and he is now a managing partner.  Since then, he has helped hundreds of EMS agencies nationwide navigate difficult challenges.  Ryan is passionate about educating EMS professionals and loves collaborating about innovative ways that EMS agencies can better serve their workforce members and communities.

Mission and Vision

Emergency Responders Benefit Association is committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of first responders. Our goal is to support the lives of you and your family by helping with the everyday essentials of life.

Our Core Values


We encourage communication and value the input of our members to improve our services.

Dedication and Caring

We are dedicated to serving our members. Meeting their everyday needs in a caring and compassionate environment is our goal.


We strive for the highest level of service and products that we provide to our members.