The Garrett County Commissioners are pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel Grant, MS, NRP, MDPEMP, as the new Director of Emergency Management. Grant brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background in emergency services, disaster preparedness, and executive fire leadership to this position.
Grant hails from Texas and, for the last 3 years, he has been a vital part of the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services in Maryland. Prior to his time in Caroline County, Grant spent over 10 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he worked in progressive leadership and emergency management roles. He holds a Master of Science degree in in Leadership with Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership with extensive experience as a National Registered Paramedic.
Throughout his career, Grant has been deeply involved in coordinating disaster preparedness, regional trainings, and emergency responses. He has tackled a wide range of challenges, including managing responses to wildfires and snowstorms and including United States border operations. Grant is eager for opportunity to lead both EMS and Emergency Management, since both aspects line up with his skillset and his aspirations.
“Please join us in welcoming Samuel Grant as the new Director of Emergency Management for Garrett County,” said Commissioner Ryan Savage. “His experience and dedication make him a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to the positive impact he will bring to the county.”
Grant is excited to bring his experience full-circle and contribute to the growth of Garrett County while also understanding the unique challenges that come with working in a small, rural community. He is aware that resources may be limited compared to his previous experiences, but he is prepared to find creative ways to maintain the same level of services the community needs and deserves. Despite these potential challenges, he is enthusiastic about the opportunities in Garrett County.
"I want to thank the commissioners and Kevin Null for the opportunity and for believing in me. I am excited to work in Garrett County and contribute to its growth and resilience," said Grant. “I’m grateful for the guidance and support from John Frank, a long-time figure in emergency management. John has established a great foundation for Garrett County.”
Grant grew up skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking, he is looking ahead to the outdoor-focused lifestyle that Western Maryland has to offer. Grant resides in Bowling Green with his wife Ashley and one-year old daughter Abigail.