05/31/15 244 W - + 7 - 4 Wake County EMS Announces Restructured Leadership Roles

This announcement appeared on the Wake County EMS Facebook page last week. After the departure of Wake County EMS System Director and Wake County Medical Director Dr. Brent Myers at the end of April, the organization is restructing the leadership roles.

The first position is the EMS Medical Director, who will function as head of the department and will provide the vision and direction in addition to the traditional Medical Director roles and responsibilities.

The second position is the EMS Director, who will report to the EMS Medical Director, and focus primarily on running both the Wake EMS organization and the Wake County EMS system.

Both positions are expected to be posted this week, and the selection process will begin in July.

What's the historical perspective here?

The first head of Wake County EMS was established in 1976, with the creation of the organization. Wake County Emergency Preparedness Director Russell Capps served in the position of Director.

The first full-time Medical Director was established on July 1, 2003. For one year prior, full-time Medical Director services were contracted with the UNC School of Medicine.

Five years later, Wake County EMS became its own county department. EMS System Medical Director Dr. Brent Myers was appointed as the new EMS Director in addition to his medical director role. 

Who were the prior EMS Directors and Medical Directors? Will get back with you on that. Source for history info is this site.

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