Emergency Services officers promoted in Barrow ranks

WINDER -- Barrow County Emergency Services officials recently announced promotions from within their ranks to fill two important positions.

Captain Chuck Savage is now the department's EMS officer, with Captain Bryan Bullock becoming the department's training officer. Officials called the internal promotions an attempt to offer residents highly skilled, professional and up-to-date service.

"I'm excited about having these two gentlemen join our administrative staff," Chief Dennis Merrifield said in a release. "They will fill two critical positions for our agency."

Savage, a veteran of several emergency departments in the area, received his Emergency Medical Technician certification in 1988 and became a paramedic in 1996. He joined Barrow County full time in 2002, working his way up to lieutenant. In 2003, he received the Paramedic of the Year award for the department and in 2008 was the Officer of the Year.

As EMS Officer, Savage will work closely with Dr. Eric Deal, the department's medical director, in maintaining current medical protocols and overseeing emergency medical services. He'll also be responsible for working with every paramedic and EMT in the department "to make sure they stay current in all certifications and all patient treatment techniques," said spokesman Lt. Scott Dakin.

Bullock has an associate degree in Fire Science Technology and a bachelor's in Organizational Management. In 2001, he became a National Professional Qualification Certified Evaluator and has been an adjunct instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy since 2007.

"He's well-known around the state and has a solid reputation in the fire industry," Dakin said.

Bullock will be responsible for maintaining and organizing the training for all personnel with the department. This includes training not only fire and EMS personnel but communication officers with 911, Community Emergency Response Team members and the Emergency Management Agency, officials said.

Bullock joined the Barrow department as a paramedic in 1997, left for a two-year stint as captain with Sandy Springs Fire Department, but returned to Barrow in 2008.

"I'm pleased that we've been able to employ two well-qualified people who bring extensive knowledge to their respective positions," Merrifield said.