From the Commissioners: Latimer Named to Fire/Rescue Post
From the Commissioners
Latimer Named to Fire/Rescue Post
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners named John A. Latimer, IV of Hagerstown as Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services on Tuesday, November 1, succeeding Joe Kroboth.
Latimer, a City of Hagerstown Firefighter and Chief of the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company has more than 15 years of service in Washington County's Fire and Rescue community at all levels of responsibility.
Latimer was chosen from more than 30 applicants for the position due to his outstanding record of public service and what has been termed a "passion" for emergency services.
He serves as Field and Special Programs Instructor with the University of Maryland's Fire and Rescue Institute and is accredited in the areas of fire, rescue, hazardous materials, incident management and rapid intervention.
Latimer first volunteered as a firefighter at the age of 16. He has served the Longmeadow Company in the positions of Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Lieutenant, Assistant Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, and became Chief of the Company in 2000. At Longmeadow he oversees the operations of the 40-volunteer company and supervises 6 part-time paid employees. He develops and administers budgets, conducts purchasing, and writes grants. He is Longmeadow's representative to the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.
County Administrator Rod Shoop said the Commissioners were impressed by Latimer's future vision for fire and emergency services in the County, his understanding of all facets of the emergency services system, and his demonstrated leadership skills. Salary for the position is $68,000.00.
"We are looking forward to John becoming a member of the County Senior Staff and we are confident he will serve the citizens well as Director of the Division of Fire and Emergency Services," Shoop said.
Latimer has stated the need to continue efforts to relocate the emergency operations to the proposed Elliott Parkway location, to continue development of the new radio communitarians system for fire, emergency and public safety, to move forward with the Emergency Medical Services Master Plan, to pursue Presidential Directive Five in training all fire and emergency services personnel in the National Incident Management System criteria; and, to take part in recommendations for improvement of fire and rescue services as new commercial and residential development occurs in the County.
"I am confident that my knowledge of the industry, leadership experience, and integrity qualify me to serve in this most important position. I am committed to giving 110% to the County and to passionately lead Fire and Emergency Services through the challenging times ahead."
A Hagerstown native, he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications from Emory & Henry College. He and his wife Cassandra have one child and reside in Hagerstown.