Delaware County EMS has a new structure and a new director

Delaware County EMS Director Jeff Fishel

In May, the Delaware County Board of Commissioners announced its next step toward a reorganization of Delaware County EMS.

In a Delaware Gazette article, Delaware County Commissioner Barb Lewis said the reorganization is an enhancement in the county’s EMS leadership structure.

“It’s necessary to meet the needs of our fast-growing community and to improve collaboration of EMS resources through Delaware County,” she said. “The current model of a chief and assistant chiefs was not able to meet those demands.”

The new model allows for a leader to establish a vision through strategic planning, following by implementation. This reorganization led to the creation of a new position titled Director of Emergency Medical Services. There were 51 applicants for the position. On May 24, Jeff Fishel accepted the offered position.

Fishel was most recently the executive director of LeFlore County EMS in Oklahoma. He wanted to introduce himself to the members of OEMSCA and did so in the following letter.


Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Fishel, and I am the new Director of EMS for Delaware County. Recently my family and I moved to the City of Delaware and I began work July 1st. My wife Erin and I have two young children… Conner age 4, and Mabry who is almost 2.

I have worked in the field of EMS in 3 different states (California, Texas, and Oklahoma) before coming to Ohio, most recently I was the Director of EMS for a service in Southeast Oklahoma. My EMS experience began in 2005 and ranges from urban to super rural areas and has allowed me to meet and interact with individuals of all walks of life and backgrounds.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in business management from WGU, my master’s in healthcare administration from Texas Tech, and my Paramedic certification from EMSTA college.

I am extremely excited and honored to be here, and I look forward to our future together as Delaware County EMS grows and expands our delivery of pre-hospital healthcare to meet the ever-growing and evolving needs of our community. I look forward to partnering and working with the OEMSCA and moving EMS forward in Ohio… together.

The future is very bright for Delaware County EMS, and together we will achieve excellence in service to one another and the public we serve!


Jeff Fishel
Director of EMS
Delaware County