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Oldham County EMS will have a new deputy director of operations effective Jan. 5.
Buckner resident Keith Smith will fill a position left vacant by a resignation in September.
Smith began his career in emergency services with Middletown Fire Department in Jefferson County in 1981. He joined the Kentucky Air National Guard and became the youngest assistant fire chief in unit history.
During his 20-year military career he supervised more than 250 people while deployed during Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon moving to Oldham County in 1995, he joined the South Oldham Fire Department, where he volunteered for six years.
For the past 11 years Smith has been a full-time employee of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services as a regional EMS advisor and inspector.
In this role, he routinely advised ambulance services across the Commonwealth regarding compliance.
Additionally, he assisted ambulance services through the process of conversion from basic to advanced life support systems along with meeting local elected officials to ensure EMS operational knowledge.
Oldham County EMS Director Ron Wilder said he’s excited for Smith to join the staff.
“He brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and professionalism to our organization” he said.
Smith’s hiring marks the end of an in-depth screening of candidates within from the EMS organization and others.
“I am proud of the wealth of talent we currently have on staff,” Wilder said, “but ultimately, we felt Keith was the best fit for this position.”
Smith began his transition to the new role on Nov. 30 on a part-time basis and will begin full-time Jan. 5.
Smith and his wife, Tammy, have two sons, Tyler and Justin. Smith participates in the PTA, school athletics and the Boy Scouts of America.
Smith earned an associates of applied science degree and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Louisville.