Cheshire County Announces Hiring of Chad McMurrer as New EMS Chief

Posted on March 1, 2024

The Cheshire County Commissioners and Administrators have announced the appointment of Assistant Chief Chad McMurrer to the position of Cheshire County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) interim chief, effective March 1.

Over the past few months, Chad has demonstrated his ability to perform effectively as a member of the county’s senior leadership team. He successfully completed an assessment center and has been mentored by current Interim Chief Chris Olsen and other members of the Municipal Resources (MRI) team.  The mentoring process will continue, and we anticipate that Chad will assume the role of permanent chief on June 1.

Interim Chief McMurrer was originally hired in November 2022 as a charter member of CCEMS, and has served as a paramedic, shift captain, and assistant chief.  He has over 20 years of clinical experience in the pre-hospital and hospital environment in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and he brings a wide range of EMS operational and supervisory experience and expertise.  Chad holds an associate of science (AS) degree in paramedic emergency medicine from NH Technical Institute and a bachelor of science (BS) in homeland security and emergency management from the University of New Hampshire.  He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and is an Eagle Scout.

Following the decision to promote Chief McMurrer, Cheshire County Commission chairman Jack Wozmak said, “the commissioners continue to be impressed with Chad’s work ethic, his professionalism, and his commitment to the highest quality patient care.  It is a credit to the entire CCEMS organization that we have been able to develop a highly skilled and effective leadership team from within our ranks.”

Chief McMurrer has been tasked with strengthening the relationship and operational capabilities between CCEMS and the communities that we serve.  You can expect him to take the lead on reaching out to you with the goal of improving patient care, coordinating interagency emergency responses, and resolving challenges as they arise.  CCEMS is a critical component of your public safety system, and we are committed to being a full partner in the delivery of services to your citizens.

With Chad’s appointment, we are making a minor change in the organizational structure.  The position of assistant chief is being reclassified to deputy chief of field operations.  This position will directly supervise the shift captains and will be responsible for overseeing a wide range of operational duties.  Mark Kreamer, the deputy chief for clinical services, will continue with managing the critically important CCEMS quality assurance/quality improvement (QA/QI) program.