Jeffrey J. Young was appointed the Director of Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security on October 13, 2016.  He brings a history of steady leadership and extensive experience in public safety including preparing for and responding to a wide range of local and national disasters.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, Director Young began a career with the Upper Arlington Fire Division in 1988.  In 2010, after working his way up through the division's ranks, he was appointed to serve as Fire Chief of the Upper Arlington Fire Division until his retirement on October 28, 2016.  During the course of his fire service career, Director Young served as a certified Paramedic, Rescue and Hazmat Technician. He was a member of the Ohio Task Force 1, an affiliate task force for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) responding to Ground Zero. He was a founding member of the Central Ohio Strike Team, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team for the Ohio Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Region 4.

Director Young has a strong belief in developing and maintaining solid working relationships with all jurisdictions and partner agencies that serve the residents of Central Ohio.  As part of those working relationships, Director Young serves as a committee member of the Homeland Security Advisory Committee (HSAC), the Central Ohio Trauma System (COTS) as well as the Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council (CEPAC).

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