Hoyte Hale may become the next director of the DeKalb County Ambulance Service.
Members of the County's Emergency Services Committee met Tuesday night at the courthouse to interview the five applicants and voted to recommend Hale for the job to the entire county commission who has the final say.
Hale has been serving as interim director for two and a half years since the departure of Chip Cook, the former director. Prior to being named interim, Hale served as assistant EMS director for seven years.
In addition to Hale, those wanting the job are Jeremy Young of Dearman Street, Smithville; Charles Nokes of Short Mountain Road, Smithville; Allen Mason of Lancaster; and Jeff Cole of Spencer.
The committee brought in each applicant one at a time for the interviews. The same set of questions was put to each applicant and they were scored numerically from zero through five based on their responses to each question. Hale scored highest among the five applicants.
Members of the committee are Chairman Joe Johnson, Wayne Cantrell, Jeff Barnes, Anita Puckett, Bradley Hendrix, Elmer Ellis, Jr., and Kevin Robinson.
A paramedic, Hale listed on his resume the following employment history:
Interim EMS Service Director from April, 2013 to present
Deputy EMS Service Director, A-Shift Supervisor from June 2007 to April 2013
Smith County EMS, Carthage:
Paramedic, CQI Coordinator, First Responder Instructor from March 2004 to June 2007
River View Speedway, Carthage:
Paramedic from June 2004 to June 2007
Trousdale County EMS, Hartsville:
Paramedic from June 2004 to June 2007
Murfreesboro City Fire Department, Murfreesboro:
Firefighter, Paramedic, Rescue/Hazmat, First Responder Instructor from June 2003 to March 2004
Bedford County EMS, Shelbyville:
Paramedic from August 2002 to June 2003
DeKalb County Community Hospital, Smithville:
Paramedic E.R., ICU, Med-Surg from December 2001 to December 2011
DeKalb EMS, Smithville:
EMT, EMT-IV, Paramedic from June 1989 to May 1997
EMS Service Director from May 1997 to March 2002
Smithville Fire Department:
Deputy Fire Chief, Engineer, Rescue/Hazmat, Assistant Training/Safety Officer, Paramedic, First Responder Instructor, AHA Instructor, Vaness K/EVOC Instructor, Fire Prevention Officer from December 1985 to Present
Nashville Super Speedway:
Firefighter, Paramedic, Rescue from March 2001 to March 2011
Wilson County Emergency Management, Lebanon:
Firefighter, Paramedic, Rescue, Hazmat, Acting Captain from January 1990 to May 1997
Jeremy Young currently serves as a supervisor at Star Manufacturing of Smithville. He has worked there since February, 2015. He also serves part time as a Paramedic for the Cannon County EMS in Woodbury, a position he has held since 2001. Young worked for the DeKalb County EMS from 2002 to 2003 as a Shift Supervisor.
Charles Nokes is a licensed Paramedic with 23 years of service in emergency medicine services. He currently serves as the Cannon County Medical Death Investigator, a position he has held since April 1998. Nokes is also a licensed full time Paramedic at the Cannon County EMS, where he has worked since February, 1998. He works part-time at the DeKalb County EMS and has since February, 1998. Prior to that, Nokes was a full time licensed Paramedic at the DeKalb County EMS from March 1992 to February 1998.
Allen Mason has been employed at the DeKalb County EMS since 2012. From 2004 to 2012, Mason worked in Educational Resources at Lewisburg where he oversaw operations and logistics of advanced medical courses and directed course programs to ensure compliance with governing regulations. From 1992 to 2009, Mason was a Resource Manager for the Sumner County EMS in Gallatin. He has 14 years of experience as a professional manager in procurement and personnel management.
Jeff Cole has more than 35 years in the emergency medical field including 15 years in administration. He served as Manager of Life Care EMS in Lebanon from August 2013 to November 2014. Cole was also Manager of Pro Med EMS in Lebanon from September 2006 to August 2014. From November 2002 to August 2006, Cole was Director/Paramedic of the Van Buren County EMS in Spencer.