Chief Matt Smith is the recipient of the 2015 Oregon EMS Administrator of the Year award. This recognition is awarded to someone who has distinguished themselves through noteworthy contributions to local, regional and state EMS systems.
Chief Smith has 18 years of experience with Crook County Fire and Rescue at all levels of the organization and is currently the Fire Chief. He started with Crook County as a volunteer in 1997 and became a paramedic in 2000. Chief Smith has helped integrate the District’s mission statement into daily operations and the budget. He is passionate about fulfilling the district’s role in the community and building relationships with partner agencies. Chief Smith believes the foundation of a successful organization is a positive culture. He is an exceptional leader and his continued efforts to build and support quality EMS in Central Oregon do not go unrecognized. Smith invites other departments to CCFR trainings so they can keep current on their skills by obtaining continuing education hours, as well as providing knowledgeable staff to answer questions and collaboration on operation procedures. Chief Smith always encourages staff to treat all agencies, either volunteer or paid, as extensions of the team. Smith’s message to all agencies is they are a viable and necessary part of the EMS system for Crook County and are treated with utmost respect. He represents the attitude and professionalism every EMS agency should strive for.
Congratulations Chief Smith!