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Dare County Names Jennie Collins as New EMS Director

Post Date:01/07/2016 8:30 a.m.
Dare County Manager Bobby Outten announced today the appointment of Jennie Collins as the new Dare County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Director. Collins is from Fredericksburg, Virginia where she had a 30 year career with the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue. She comes from a large department of over 1,200 members where, prior to retiring on December 31, she served as Battalion Chief, Executive Officer to the Chief, and Department Personnel Officer.

In making the announcement, Outten said, "I am confident that Jennie will be an excellent match and a strong asset to Dare County's EMS Department. After a thorough search process, she was the top candidate with the organizational, communication and leadership skills to lead our outstanding team of EMS professionals."

During her career with Prince William County, Collins served at almost every level of the Department, starting as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1985 and retiring as second in command. She has served on numerous local, state and regional committees and boards, including two appointments as the Governor's appointee to the Virginia State EMS Advisory Board. She served as an emergency responder to the 9/11 Pentagon terrorist attack and managed her Department's personnel deployment to provide relief and aid in response to Hurricane Katrina.

Collins has received numerous awards and recognitions, including twice receiving the Virginia Governor's Award for Excellence in EMS and Outstanding EMS Administration. In addition, Collins has authored and co-authored articles in national EMS publications and was lead technical writer for the Medical Director Handbook published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA in 2012.

As Dare County's EMS Director, Collins will oversee a staff of 116 serving in eight stations throughout Dare County and manage the budget of over $10 million. In 2015, Dare County EMS responded to 8,362 calls for assistance and Dare MedFlight flew 296 missions.
Collins is scheduled to begin her duties with Dare County in mid-February.
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