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EMS chief likes dogs, strawberries and rafting

Becky Campbell • Aug 19, 2019 at 11:11 PM

Washington County/Johnson City EMS Chief Dan Wheeley has a lot of weight on his shoulders, considering he’s responsible for all emergency responses in the county.

But he loves what he does, and that makes all the difference in the world.

Given the pressures of work, Wheeley cherishes family time, which includes watching his kids play baseball and basketball, as well as spending time on the lake.

Here are a few questions he recently answered:

Q: What is your job and what do you find most satisfying about it?

A: Chief/Executive Director for Washington County – Johnson City EMS. I really enjoy being able to work with other health care and public safety partners in the community to set the tone and direction of a very progressive EMS system.

Q: What goes into how you rank a good day?

A: Any day with no employee to employee drama is a good day.

Q: Where is your ideal vacation destination?

We love to vacation on the beaches of the Florida gulf coast.

Q: How do you describe Johnson City to people who may not be familiar with our region?

I describe Johnson City as a great place to live and work. Johnson City has all the amenities of a larger city with the feel of a small town.

Q: What's your favorite part of the workday?

The morning. Getting going in the morning and getting some things done right off the bat is an accomplishment and sets a good tone for the rest of the day. We have morning shift briefings, and it is nice to hear about all the good things the crews did the night before.

Q: Do you have a hobby or interest that might surprise some to know?

A: I enjoy whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking.

Fast facts:

●Hometown: Jamestown, TN – Home of Sgt. Alvin C. York

●Favorite fruit: Strawberry

●Last movie you watched: “Hidden Numbers”

●Dogs or cats: Dogs

●Favorite TV shows: “NCIS,” “Madam Secretary”

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