John Holder, of Auburn, was recently appointed to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) by Governor Andy Beshear.

Holder is the Chief Executive Officer for Com-Care Inc. the company that contracts with Logan County Fiscal Court to manage the county’s ambulance service. Holder will serve for a term expiring Sept. 19, 2022.

“I am very honored to be serving in this capacity representing all of those who work in emergency medical service throughout the state of Kentucky,” said Holder. “This post allows me to speak for my fellow EMS and help make decisions based on their needs.”

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services brings lifesaving, emergency medical care to the Commonwealth by certifying and licensing Emergency Medical Personnel, while also establishing standards for the education and training of Emergency Medical Services Personnel. In addition, KBEMS licenses all Ambulance Services in the state of Kentucky.

Holder has been serving on the Medical Oversite Committee under the Board of Emergency Medical Services. While recently deployed in New York for COVID-19 support, Holder got a call asking him to apply for the seat. It wasn’t long he received a call from the governor’s office saying he’d been selected.

“I hope to do some good while serving on the board,” said Holder who has been involved in EMS since 2007.

Holder is originally from Adairville. He graduated from Logan County High School in 2002 and from Western Kentucky University in 2007. After completing his paramedic training, Holder joined Com-Care, Inc. and quickly became assistant director for the Logan County Ambulance Service eventually rising to the director position before moving up to where he currently serves.

“I am very proud of John and I believe he will be a big benefit to this board,” said Jim Duke, President and CEO or Com-Care, Inc. “The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services is comprised of people from different walks of life and it’s always good to have representation from those that understand EMS and its service to Kentucky. John will do an excellent job.” Duke has served 10 years on KBEAMS with the last four as its chairman.

One of the most recent reaches of KBEMS is guiding the COVID-19 responses with EMS.

“The board gives guidance across the state and tries to answer any questions regarding EMS,” said Holder. “From the way they do their job to the help we can give them. We also keep an eye on legislation and try to steer that in a direction that is positive for EMS both on the state and federal level.”

This regulatory agency for ambulance services in Kentucky meets once a month in Lexington at the Kentucky Board of EMS office.

KBEMS mission is to ensure availability of high-quality emergency medical services for Kentucky through collaboration with EMS providers by:

• Ensuring quality, competent EMS care through effective oversight, communication, and education;

• Advancing professionalism of EMS providers;

• Promoting health and safety of patients and EMS providers;

• Providing leadership for EMS.

Lee Robey, of Adairville, was also appointed by Governor Beshear to the Kentucky State Fair Board. Robey is the owner of Robey Farms.