Brent Kolb was selected the new Fulton County Emergency Services director.
The Fulton County Commissioners appointed Kolb Thursday, Sept. 11.
“I guess it’s almost like going home for me,” Kolb said in an interview last week. “I was on the Wauseon Fire Department for 12 years, and I served on the EMA (Emergency Management Agency) board.
“I always liked that kind of stuff, and I see a lot of potential to bring things to the table- to bring the fire departments, police departments, and the Sheriff Department together, so everybody isn’t running in different directions,” he said.
Previously, the job title had been Emergency Medical Service Emergency Management Agency director.
Bob Hartman held the post, but the Fulton County Commissioners terminated him Monday, June 16, after problems were found in the county EMS billing system.
Rod Cheney, Archbold firefi ghter and paramedic, has been serving as interim EMSEMA director.
Kolb said his title is Emergency Services director. He said he will work with emergency management agency issues. The commissioners plan to hire a part-time EMS director.
He starts the job Sept. 29.
Kolb said he sees his role as assisting other emergency services, such as fire and police.
For example, at a big fire scene, Kolb believes his job is to set up a command post.
“The fire chief has other things to think about” he said.
In the case of a police incident, Kolb said he can handle communications with outside organizations, such as electric and natural gas utilities.
He also plans to work closely with the media to develop emergency communications with the public.
Board of Elections
Kolb is currently the deputy director of the Fulton County Board of Elections.
His position is being advertised. The deadline is Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Kolb said he probably will spend time helping with the fall general election.
There were a total of 42 applicants for the Emergency Services director position. While most were from the Northwest Ohio area, there were applications from Florida, Illinois, California, and Nevada.
There were two applications from Archbold.