Woods Named 911 Communications Chief

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

As part of the continuing reorganization of the Washington County Department of Emergency Services (DES), Bardona Woods of Hagerstown was named Chief of 911 Communications on Tuesday, June 11.

The Board of County Commissioners confirmed the appointment of Woods to the Grade 14 position, which has a minimum salary of $40,803 and is responsible for coordination of the Washington County 911/Fire & Rescue Communications Center and supervision of all Emergency Dispatch Operators.

Woods has been Assistant Chief of the Center since 2001, and has been employed by Washington County since 1983. Originally hired part-time as an Emergency Communications Technician (ECT), Woods became one of five ECTs hired full-time in June 1984 in preparation for the implementation of 9-1-1 services, which began in the fall of 1984.

Woods was promoted to Emergency Medical Dispatch Administrator in 1998 and to Assistant Chief in 2001.

Woods earned the Emergency Medical Technician certification in 1979 and became a Paramedic in 1997. A part-time employee with Sharpsburg Area Emergency Services as a paramedic and Medical Priority Dispatch as an Emergency Medical Dispatch instructor, she is a lifetime member of Community Rescue Service and volunteers with the Boonsboro Emergency Service andAmbulance Company.