South County EMS

Regional EMS gets a director

SUNDERLAND — On Wednesday, Zachary Smith will walk through the doors of the South Deerfield fire station for work like he has done every day for 14 years. This time he won’t be a paramedic for the town of Deerfield, but the new director of the South County Emergency Medical Service.

The Board of Oversight offered Smith the job at its Thursday meeting. He agreed to a $60,008 annual salary.

“I’m very excited and enthusiastic,” Smith said. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.”

On Wednesday, the board will make its recommendation to the Deerfield Board of Selectmen, the fiscal agent of the ambulance service.

The Deerfield man will lead the launch of the state’s first municipal regional paramedic ambulance service. The goal is for South County EMS to offer 24/7 coverage for the towns of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately.

“The first goal for the service is to make sure we are operationally sound and providing the quality and level of service the community is expecting from us,” Smith said.

This week, the regional EMS also received its state license to operate as a paramedic service. The license is in Deerfield’s name.

Since 2001, Smith has served as paramedic and assistant emergency manager for the town of Deerfield.

He has also worked as a paramedic/security officer for the Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team and a tactical/SWAT medicine instructor for STS Consulting in Chicopee for 11 years.

Smith also has worked at Greenfield Community College as an adjunct professor for the paramedic program since 2011.

The board had originally offered the job to William Travis of Leyden but he unexpectedly turned down the job, citing personal reasons.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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