Montgomery county EMS coordinator appointed

FONDA — Steve Kuck has been appointed the new Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for Montgomery County.

Kuck has been serving in the part-time position since late last year, having replaced Sean Piasecki who had served in the role for 10 years. Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort and Emergency Services Director Jeff Smith announced Kuck’s appointment Monday in a news release.

“Steve has a lot of experience in EMS,” Ossenfort stated in the release. “He is hard-working and will be a good fit in this position. Our entire emergency management team devotes many hours to keeping our residents safe. Many of these professionals are part-time, yet they consistently go above and beyond to make sure the county is prepared.”

According to the news release, Kuck was a paramedic supervisor for rural Metro and has served as the deputy coordinator for the county since 1994. He has also served on the board at Adirondack Appalachian regional emergency medical services council (AAREMS), which serves the counties of Delaware, Hamilton, Fulton, Montgomery, Otsego and Schoharie, and he assists in the operation of Access Transportation Inc., out of Fort Plain.

“I am very pleased to add Steve,” Smith stated in the release. “He is dedicated, knowledgeable and experienced. I am appreciative of Sean’s service and commitment to this position over the past decade and am confident that Steve will be able to continue moving things forward seamlessly, while also building on what is in place.”

The Montgomery County EMS coordinator is responsible for the plans, coordination and implementation of training for all of the emergency medical personnel throughout the county. Some of Kuck’s other duties will include responding to fire and emergency scenes, ensuring available medical response, administering and running the county’s Mutual Aid Plan and keeping EMS equipment up to date and accounted for.

Smith has tasked Kuck with creating relationships with adjoining counties and their EMS coordinators, according to the news release. Kuck will also be informing contiguous counties about what Montgomery County can and will offer, in case of an emergency incident, while also establishing what those counties could provide if an incident took place in Montgomery County.

By Patricia Older

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