MARCH 4th, 2014, (WAUSEON, OH) The Fulton County Board of Commissioners announce Chad Smith as the new Fulton County Emergency Services Director. Mr. Smith has over 20 years of experience in the emergency services field, and is currently acting Fire Chief for the Village of Swanton.
“Chad’s experience will be a great asset to the Emergency Services Department”, states Fulton County Administrator, Vond Hall. “He will help us to continue to provide excellent communication, leadership and coordination for both the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Management Agency (EMA).”
Mr. Smith’s responsibilities will include coordinating the EMS division for the county, overseeing and working with EMA, maintaining positive working relationships with all emergency response entities including EMS, EMA, LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee), fire departments and medical personnel. He will also work directly with the EMS Medical Director, manage and orient paramedics, prepare and recommend EMS budget and coordinate vehicle maintenance with fire departments among other duties.
“I am excited for the opportunity,” Smith states, “I feel that this position demands the respect of your co-workers and also that of the County residents, which I feel I have the ability to do given my experience in Public Service.” Smith has moved through the ranks over the years on the Swanton Fire Department starting in 1993. He served as Lieutenant from 2000-2007, then to Deputy Fire Chief from 2007-2011 and finally to Fire Chief in 2011 to present. He has also worked for the Ohio Gas Company as a Service Technician and Pipeline Maintenance Specialist since 1998.
Mr. Smith holds certifications in National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Safety Officer, Fireworks Exhibitor, Rescue Diver and Fire Inspector. He holds memberships in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Lucas County Fire Chiefs, Ohio Fire Chiefs, Fulton County Fire Chiefs, Fulton County Terrorism Task Force (Chief of Fire for Fulton County) and Dangerous Wild Animal Response Team (DWART).
He is a lifelong resident of Swanton and is married to Shawn. They have three daughters, Taylor, Morgan and Madison. His grandfather and father were also on the Swanton Fire Department. Smith will begin his new role as Emergency Services Director at the end of March.
The Emergency Services Director is operated under the direction of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and is located 123 Courthouse Plaza, Suite 4 Wauseon, OH 43567. Emergency Services can be reached at 419-337-9207. For more information, visit www.fultoncountyoh.com/emergencyservices.