A battalion chief with the Baltimore County Fire Department has been hired to head the new Department of Emergency Services in a New York City suburb.
Patrick T. Kelly, 47, was named commissioner yesterday of the reorganized department, which covers emergency medical services, disaster readiness, fire dispatch and training and hazardous materials in Westchester County .
Kelly said he hopes placing the agencies under one department will lead to faster response times. He said he is planning to add computer equipment similar to that which has been used in Baltimore County.
Kelly has supervised 350 career and volunteer firefighters since 1974. He recently earned a master's degree in business administration from Loyola College.
"I just finished an MBA, and I wanted to use it," Kelly said. "I am excited because [the new job] entails a lot more than fire services."
Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard, a department spokesman who worked with Kelly, said the Maryland and New York counties are similar.
"His new department has many of the same operational tactics we have," Hubbard said. "I think he is up to the task."
Kelly begins his job Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.