Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Department
March 30, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — A leading member of the award-winning Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Department has received one of the state’s top awards for excellence in Emergency Medical Service (EMS).
Dr. Allen Yee, Chesterfield Fire and EMS Department’s operational medical director, received the 2020 Governor’s EMS Award for Excellence in EMS during a virtual ceremony earlier this month.
The award is given to state EMS professionals for their innovative and comprehensive methods to protect the health and wellness of residents in their respective communities.
“I am truly honored to have received this award from such a distinguished field of state EMS professionals,” said Dr. Yee. “This wouldn’t have been possible without such a dedicated team of fire and EMS professionals that we have in Chesterfield County. These are hard working men and women who truly have a passion for helping others and making Chesterfield a great place to live.”
Dr. Yee has dedicated his career to the care and wellbeing of others for more than 20 years.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Yee received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from New York University and a doctorate in medicine from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Buffalo before setting his sights on Virginia to launch his professional career.
Prior to joining the Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Department in 2004, Dr. Yee provided EMS medical oversight for Hanover County in 2000.
In his role as Chesterfield County’s Fire and EMS operational medical director, Dr. Yee develops several emergency protocols and programs for the county’s Fire and EMS division – ultimately overseeing their implementation along with any staff training to better serve the residents of Chesterfield.
Dr. Yee was instrumental in launching the nationally acclaimed Chesterfield County Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) Program in 2014.Comprised of four fire and EMS paramedics, the MIH program was established to help link frequent users of the county’s 9-1-1 system to the healthcare service providers best suited to fit their needs.
The MIH program has assisted thousands of Chesterfield residents since its inception, and recently shifted its focus to vaccinating eligible bedbound residents for COVID-19 through its Bedbound Vax initiative – the first of its kind in Central Virginia.
“They are so grateful to have the ability to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to our homebound county residents,” Dr. Yee. “It has been such a rewarding experience to see how well-received this initiative has become to our most vulnerable residents, because without this, some of these residents may have had to wait longer to receive the vaccine.”
Dr. Yee also helped organize and develop metro Richmond’s STEMI Program – a collaborative initiative comprised of local hospital system administrators, cardiovascular physicians and EMS providers to help evaluate the care of cardiac victims in the region. It was one of the first programs established in the state and has served as a national model for other municipalities.
Aside from his administrative duties as operational medical director, Dr. Yee is a trained firefighter and active in the department’s tactical EMS program, which provides medical support to the Chesterfield Police Department and Virginia State Police Division 1 SWAT teams. He also serves as one of the Medical Team Manager for FEMA’s Virginia Task Force 2 – a trained team of fire and EMS professionals specializing in urban search and rescue missions. Dr. Yee’s team has been deployed to disaster areas across the nation, including New York City after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Loy Senter, Chesterfield County Fire and EMS Department chief, said Dr. Yee has been an integral member of the county’s emergency response team because of his continued experience and drive to help others.
“Dr. Yee personifies what Chesterfield County’s Fire and EMS Department is all about,” said Chief Senter. “He serves people selflessly and has helped implement several programs and measures that have made Chesterfield a regional and national standard for fire and EMS service. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Dr. Yee.”