Queen Anne’s County Announces Zach Yerkie as the New Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services
Queen Anne’s County announces Zach Yerkie as the new Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Yerkie was hired in 2014 to staff Station 500 our EMS station in Church Hill and was the first Paramedic hired with this location. During the last nine years Yerkie has risen through the ranks of the department as EMS Sergeant and EMS Lieutenant prior to accepting the position of Assistant Chief. In addition to his duties as a paramedic, Yerkie was instrumental in the implementation of the Mobile Integrated Community Healthcare (MICH) program which has been recognized by the Maryland Institute for EMS Systems, Maryland Rural Health Association and Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center. As a result of his involvement with the MICH Team he was the founding Co-Chair of the Maryland Mobile Integrated Healthcare Committee.
“I am excited to lead our team of extremely dedicated professionals, both career and volunteer, who make up the outstanding EMS system in Queen Anne’s County. We truly make a difference in the lives of both the citizens and visitors to our county, and I am honored to be a part of that. I look forward to working with the County Commissioners to continue to expand and advance the services we offer” says, Zach Yerkie, Assistant Chief of EMS.
Some additional accomplishments that made Yerkie stand out as a candidate included the oversight, development, and implementation of the Mobile Computer Aided Dispatch platform for Fire and EMS. Yerkie showed leadership during the initial response to COVID-19 by overseeing procurement and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment in his role at the Queen Anne’s County Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19.
“Zach Yerkie is a great addition to our leadership team. We are excited to see him flourish in this new role. His variety of experience and institutional knowledge of the department will be instrumental in continuing the high level of service our Emergency Services division is known for.” Said Scott Haas, Director of Emergency Services
Yerkie was born and raised in Rock Hall and moved to Queen Anne’s County in 2016, where he currently resides with his wife and daughter. He received his bachelor’s degree in Emergency Health Services from University of Maryland Baltimore County. On his days off he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, traveling, and watching the Orioles and Ravens.
Join us as we welcome Zach to his new role as Assistant Chief of EMS. To learn more about the Department of Emergency Services, visit qacdes.org or follow them on social media @QACDES