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KBEMS Deputy Executive Director O’Neal elected Chair of NEMSAC

Nov 9, 2021

November 9, 2021

Contact:  Greg Hiles, greg.hiles@kctcs.edu, (859) 256-3469

Kentucky Board of EMS Deputy Executive Director

O’Neal elected Chair of National EMS Advisory Council

Lexington, Ky. – Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) Deputy Executive Director Charles “Chuck” O’Neal was recently elected chair of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC) during its November 2021 meeting.

“It’s an incredible honor to be elected to serve as chair of the NEMSAC, which is an organization that plays a vital role in the continued development and innovation of the EMS community as a whole,” said O’Neal. “This opportunity also allows Kentucky EMS to have another voice and presence at the national level – the EMS family in our great Commonwealth has already produced many programs and processes that have been duplicated throughout the nation, and I look forward to showing how we are all working together here in Kentucky to move EMS forward.”

O’Neal has been a NEMSAC council member for three years and has served in multiple roles in his career including field provider, flight paramedic, firefighter/paramedic, manager, consultant and administrator. He holds a Master of Science in safety, security and emergency management, and a bachelor of science in emergency medical care administration, both from Eastern Kentucky University; he also earned an associate of applied science in paramedicine from West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, Kentucky.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always been interested in how research and data can be best utilized to help develop effective and efficient EMS leaders, strategic planning efforts, operations accountability and fiscal management of EMS systems,” O’Neal continued. “It’s more important than ever that all EMS professionals come together to look closely at these issues, and beyond, so that we can respond proactively to the challenges EMS professionals face in Kentucky and across the nation.

NEMSAC was established in April 2007 as a nationally recognized council of EMS representatives and consumers to provide advice and recommendations regarding EMS to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Department of Transportation and to the members of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS. The NEMSAC membership consists of 25 members of the EMS community who represent different aspects of the industry. Members are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of the Department of Transportation for two-year terms, and each may serve up to two terms.

For more information about NEMSAC, go to ems.gov, and for more information about KBEMS, go to kyems.com.

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 Chuck O'Neal

[Photo Caption]: Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services Deputy Executive Director Charles “Chuck” O’Neal was recently elected chair of the National EMS Advisory Council during its November 2021 meeting.