Chief Officer

William "Bill" Keeley, III

Bill was appointed Chief of Kootenai County Emergency Medical Services (KCEMSS) in July of 2020. Prior to his appointment as Chief Officer Bill served as the Division Chief of Clinical Services for KCEMSS. Bill came to KCEMSS after retiring from Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, after 22 years of service.  Bill held multiple positions including FF/EMT, FF/Medic, Company Officer, and finally Division Chief of EMS. Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Towson State University in Towson Maryland and completed his Paramedic training at Spokane Community College in Spokane Washington.


Bill has served in EMS since 1988 as an EMT, Advanced EMT, Paramedic, Field Training Officer, Quality Improvement Officer, EMS Instructor, and EMS Division Chief.  Bill has served in various types of EMS services including: EMS ground transport both Fire Based and third service, EMS Air Transports and Fire First Response. Bill holds both his National Registry and Idaho State Paramedic License.


In his current role Bill oversees the delivery of Emergency Medical Services via a fire-based system serving Kootenai County in North Idaho. This is done through a collaboration with the local fire departments.  KCEMSS has in service 6 Paramedic level ambulances and 3 EMT level ambulances staffed by fire department personnel. KCEMSS also partners with three first response agencies and a volunteer EMT transport agency to provider both first response and transport services throughout Kootenai County. KCEMSS responds to over 16,000 calls for service a year and transports more then 10,000 patients a year. In his role as EMS Chief, Bill serves on many local and regional EMS, Emergency Management and Healthcare committees.


Bill lives with his wife in Hayden Idaho. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, motorcycling and outdoor activities that are plentiful in North Idaho.

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