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Fire training center to be named for EMS Coordinator Keeler

Apr 25, 2022 12:30 am

Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors will name the county's fire training center in Ghent in honor of Emergency Medical Services Coordinator P.J. Keeler. The board's Public Safety Committee discussed the idea at a public meeting last week. “I was approached by people who are in emergency services field, whether it be firefighters, ambulance and/or emergency medical people, some of our own department heads, that they felt it was appropriate that the board of supervisors dedicate and name the emergency training center the PJ Keeler Columbia County Emergency Services Response and Training Center," board chair Matt Murell said. Keeler has served as the county's emergency medical services coordinator for the past 22 years. an active member of the A.B. Shaw Fire Company for 46 years, a deputy commissioner of the Claverack Fire District Board of Commissioners for 13 years, a member of the Greenport Rescue Squad for 42 years, and a member of the squad’s board of directors for 40 years. The Public Safety Committee unanimously voted in favor of approving the name dedication and the full Board of Supervisors will vote on the resolution in May. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.