On December 9th, board members and employees came together for the annual employee appreciation dinner. During the dinner Merrie McBride, John Bagozzi and Shaun Hershberger were sworn in as Lieutenants. There were also 11 employees that received service pins. Receiving their 5 year service pin were Kevin Gonyer, Todd Early, Patrick O'Donell and Jason Walker. Receiving their 10 year pin, Klif Crawford, Merrie McBride, Bart Miller, Kevin Vandergrift, Deb Wine and Chief VanMeter. Receiving her 30 year pin was Jill Sterling. Thank you everyone for your years of service and dedication to Quad Ambulance District. Finally, an award that is not given out every year. EMS provider of the year was given to an individual who has shown great improvement throughout the year. Her dedication to the job has really shown, and she has gone above and beyond to help wherever she can. Awarded EMS provider of the year is Merrie McBride. Please help us in congratulating all our employees on another successful year here at Quad Ambulance District. We look forward to many more.
We have been very busy here at Quad Ambulance over the past few months. As we posted earlier, we have been working on some changes to ensure our company continues to grow and our communities continue to receive the best care possible.
Over the last few months all our employees and board members have taken an oath of office, and solemnly swore to support, uphold and defend the resolutions and policies adapted by Quad Ambulance district, the state of Ohio and the United States Constitution. We have also participated in numerous trainings and continuing education courses as well as working with some residents and neighboring departments on specific emergency action plans.
We received our new heart monitors and we were able to train on them and place them in service last night. We are now able to provide the hospitals with the most accurate and update information. We would like to thank our board members and all our residents for your continued support of Quad Ambulance District.
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The Quad Ambulance District welcomes Steven D. VanMeter as the new Chief of the district. Mr. VanMeter has been working with retiring Chief Jimmie Herstine for the past several months. The transition officially took place January 1st, 2015.
Chief Herstine has been with Quad Ambulance since its formation in 1984. He served as Chief of the District for the past 24+ years. In that time Chief Herstine continuously met the needs of the community advancing Quad Ambulance from a volunteer, to a paid-per-call, to part-time, to what is now a fully staffed emergency service.
Mr. VanMeter was initially hired by Quad Ambulance as a part-time paramedic January 1st, 2006, then advanced to a full-time position in April of 2007. During those nine years he continuously invested himself in the district.
Mr. VanMeter began his career in the fire and emergency services nearly 20 years ago with the Carrollton Village Fire Department as a volunteer. In 1999 he was hired by the Stow Fire Department as a career firefighter/paramedic where he has advanced through the ranks and is now a Captain.
This extensive combined volunteer and full-time experience is exactly what Quad Ambulance needed to embrace the challenges facing the district in the future. Mr. VanMeter came highly recommended by the Stow Fire Department and other area chiefs.
In anticipation of this promotion Mr. VanMeter and his wife of 16 years, Kerri, relocated their family of three children to the local area this past August. So join the Quad Ambulance District in not only welcoming Steven VanMeter as the new chief of the district, but to the local community as well.