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Veteran firefighter hired to head Louisa fire, rescue

Louisa County has hired a local veteran firefighter  to run its fire and rescue operations.

As fire and emergency medical services chief, Scott Keim, 40, will be responsible for management and oversight of a recently combined career/volunteer system, which was officially established by ordinance in December 2010.

Keim, who now serves as a captain with the Albemarle County Fire and Rescue Department, where he has worked for eight years, will begin his post in Louisa on July 25 at a salary of $80,000.

Keim succeeds Robert Dubé, who was promoted to county administrator in March of this year.

A 20-year fire and rescue veteran, Keim started with the Burke Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department in Fairfax County. He spent time as a career paramedic in Nashville, Tenn. and as a flight paramedic for the University of Virginia.

The Albemarle Fire and Rescue Department where he currently works has a combination of career and volunteer workers, similar to the new system in Louisa.

“I’m sure Chief Keim will continue the positive movement we have made in the fire and EMS services in the past several years,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Willie Gentry.

Keim holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and is a certified paramedic, firefighter and officer. He has attended several leadership courses at the National Fire Academy and has been accepted into their Executive Fire Officer Program.

Keim and his wife, Kimberly, have three children and reside in western Louisa County.

“He’s a local guy living in the county and working next door,” said County Administrator Dubé. “We’re glad to bring him back home.”

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