Our Staff


Kraig Barker

Shift Supervisors

Cory Champlin
Alex Jividen
Brian Phillips

Our staff consists of Paramedics and EMTs that attend the newest emergency medical classes available in the nation. We strive to ensure that our staff is familiar with any type of emergency.

Putnam County EMS also has the capability of staffing 3 other Advanced Life Support units in addition to the 5 ambulances used on a daily basis.

The beginning of Putnam County Emergency Medical Services was a much-needed change in 1975. The County placed three ambulances in Eleanor, Poca and Teays Valley.

A short time later, the County Commission decided to base all units at one central station in Winfield. Initially there were eight Full Time EMTs, First Responders and MICPs, as well as many volunteers that manned the units. The County’s dispatch service was also located at the famous Blue Building on Courthouse Hill for many years.

The initial shifts were 48 hours on and 48 hours off. There was an extra float person on every shift so it would allow for everyone to take a day off and still have the shifts properly covered. Initially when the service began, crews were responsible for all 911 calls in the County, as well as the routine transports and out-of-town transports.