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About Us

Fort Smith EMS’ History.

Fort Smith Emergency Medical Services was incorporated on December 27th, 1978 to deliver quality, professional pre-hospital care to the city of Fort Smith. The service initially served the cities of Fort Smith and Van Buren with two basic life support ambulances. Today, Fort Smith EMS provides exclusive paramedic services to the city of Fort Smith and 911 service to the city of Barling with eight advanced life support ambulances. Fort Smith EMS employees 65 personnel with a primary service area of 65 square miles and 84,632 people. In 2009, Fort Smith EMS responded to more than 11,000 calls for emergency assistance.


In 2009, Fort Smith EMS realized that providing “Best in Class” ambulance service was more than just providing a paramedic staffed ambulance for medical emergencies. The service undertook an aggressive service improvement project that would truly provide best in class service, which inevitably led to a “community first” philosophy.

Our Team

Tim Hearn
Executive Director

A graduate of UAFS and Carl Albert, Tim began his career in EMS in 1981. Tim worked for twenty-four years at Mercy Hospital as an ER paramedic and a Critical Care Educator. He assumed the role of Executive Director of Fort Smith EMS in late 2008. Under his leadership Fort Smith EMS completed a total system wide upgrade of equipment and technology to include the most up-to-date medical equipment and treatments, a state of the art 911 center, and a new 10,000 square foot facility located on Duke Ave., replacing the previous home of Fort Smith EMS on Greenwood Ave. of thirty-three years and culminating with the designation of Arkansas’ 2010 ALS Service of the Year by the Arkansas Ambulance Association.

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Tim is a graduate of Leadership Fort Smith 2011, a member of Noon Exchange Club, Arkansas Ambulance Association, Arkansas EMT Association, Fort Smith Crime Stoppers Board, Leadership Fort Smith Alumni Board, and the Infant and Child Death Review Committee. He serves on the executive board of the Arkansas Valley Trauma Regional Advisory Council as the EMS representative for 5 counties, the advisory boards of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus, and Kiamichi Technology Centers and serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board. Tim was the recipient of the 2012 Arkansas PTA Children’s Champion Award and named the 2012 EMS Executive of the Year by the National EMS Management Association.

Shawn Rogers began his career at Fort Smith EMS in 1991. Shawn has more than twenty years of experience as a paramedic with Fort Smith EMS and assumed the role of Operations Manager of Fort Smith EMS in October 2008. As the operations manager, Shawn is responsible for the day-to-day system level operations of Fort Smith EMS, ensuring that state of the art pre-hospital emergency care is delivered in an efficient and effective manner to effect the greatest possible outcomes for patients. Shawn attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

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Shawn is a member of the Arkansas EMT Association, Noon Exchange Club, Arkansas Valley Trauma Regional Advisory Council Performance Improvement Committee, and the Sparks Health System STEMI Committee. Shawn received the Kiamichi Technology Center’s EMS Leadership Award for Outstanding Service and Excellence in EMS Education in 2012.

Shawn Rogers
Shawn Rogers
Operations Manager
Brian Weindel
Brian Weindel
Communications Manager

Brian began his career at Fort Smith EMS in 1999. Brian has worked in multiple disciplines of public safety and assumed the role of Communications Manager of Fort Smith EMS in June 2011. As Communications Manager, Brian is responsible for the overall management of the Fort Smith EMS Communications Center, public safety data systems and networks, and grants administration. Brian coordinated the construction of the new 9-1-1 center and implementation of new technology and communications systems that brought Fort Smith EMS to the forefront of emergency communications, garnering the prestigious APCO Horizon Award for technological advancements in public safety communications in 2012.

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Brian attended the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and Arkansas Tech University – Ozark Campus. Brian is a member of the Arkansas EMT Association and the Arkansas Department of Health’s Section of Emergency Medical Services Arkansas Data Dictionary Workgroup.

Jennifer began her career with Fort Smith EMS in September 2013. As Office Manager, she is responsible for the daily office operations including billing, collections, conflict resolution and billing education. An alumna of the University of Central Arkansas, Jennifer brings an extensive knowledge of medical billing and coding to Fort Smith EMS that spans nearly a decade. She received her Ambulance Coder certification from the National Academy of Certified Ambulance Coding. By working closely with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Jennifer has gained an in-depth knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). She ensures patients privacy rights are maintained in accordance with national guidelines and mandates.

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Jennifer maintains an impressive willingness to succeed and such is evident in her eagerness for professional development. Her professional development, which has included cadaver labs alongside paramedics, has provided her with a thorough knowledge of the human body and an unprecedented coding capability.

Jennifer Foughty
Jennifer Foughty
Office Manager

EMS Patient Care Services

Learn more about Fort Smith EMS’ patient care services.