Appointment of Eric Southern as Emergency Services Director

The County of Surry is pleased to announce the appointment of an Emergency Services Director who will oversee operations of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Fire Marshal and HazMat. Eric Southern has been named to the position, effective July 1, 2021.

Mr. Southern has been employed as a Shift Supervisor with Surry County Emergency Services since 2013.   His career with Surry County started in 1992.  He has held the positions of EMT-Intermediate, EMT Paramedic,  EMS Unit Coordinator, and Assistant Shift Supervisor before being appointed to Shift Supervisor.    

Mr.  Southern has training and certifications in numerous areas, including the following:

North Carolina Paramedic, Critical Care Paramedic, NC Office of EMS- Instructor Level II, NC Local Incident Management Team Instructor, Hazardous Materials Team, NC State Fire Marshal  Level II Instructor, NC Technical Rescuer, Emergency Vehicle Driver instructor, Hazardous Materials instructor, Firefighter Level I and II instructor, Rapid Intervention Team instructor, Master Scuba Diver, Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level II, and Crisis Intervention Team 

Mr. Southern graduated from North Surry High School, Guilford Technical Community College, Kaplan University with a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management, UNC Charlotte – Emergency Management Institute, Perdue University Master of Science - Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

County Manager Chris Knopf said, “I would like to congratulate Eric on his appointment as Emergency Services Director and we look forward to working with him. His extensive experience and familiarity with our Emergency Services Department will benefit him during this time of transition.”

Mr. Southern stated:  “I am humbled to be selected for this position and grateful for the opportunity afforded to me by so many who educated, supported, trained, and kept the faith during my career. Being able to serve in this capacity with the dedicated public safety professionals, paid and volunteer, throughout Surry County will be a true privilege. It is with great enthusiasm and appreciation that I look towards this future endeavor with Surry County Emergency Services.”

Mr. Southern was appointed following a selection process that included representatives from County Government, as well as local and state partner public safety agencies.

Surry County Emergency Services is located at 1218 State Street, Mount Airy.

For additional information, contact: Sandra Snow, Assistant County Manager, at 336-401-8202.