Keith Morse Settles In as New Chief of Tri-Community South EMS
Coming up on six months in his new role as the Chief of Tri-Community South (TCS) EMS, Keith Morse continues to embrace the responsibility of being the organization’s leader. After starting last fall, he has already made multiple operational changes to improve the efficiency and overall service of TCS.
Morse came to TCS from Allegheny County Emergency Management, where he was the Allegheny County EMS Coordinator from 2017-2022 and the Emergency Management Specialist from 2015-17. He has worked in emergency services for over 20 years and has been in the Pittsburgh area since 2006.
“I was and still am extremely excited to lead Tri-Community South EMS, one of the top EMS agencies in Allegheny County,” said Morse. “Its long tradition as a leader in the industry is one of its biggest strengths and drew me to the role. It has been a pleasure to get to know the phenomenal staff in my first few months, and the support we have received from the municipalities we serve has been unmatched. I look forward to continuing the tradition and improving upon the already stellar reputation and service.”
Throughout his decorated career, Morse has worked with every EMS agency in the county and has coordinated emergency responses for presidential visits, the Route 30 landslide, the Fern Hollow Bridge Collapse, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tree of Life shooting and more. He also has extensive experience as a firefighter, a paramedic and an EMS instructor.
Before coming to the Pittsburgh area, Morse worked in the state of Washington as a volunteer firefighter, an EMT and a supervisor. He earned his bachelor’s degree in paramedicine from Central Washington University and graduated from Millersville University with a master’s degree in emergency management.
In addition to his paramedic certification, Morse has a county level Professional Emergency Management certification. He also has his Firefighter 1 certification and brings operations level certifications in HazMat response, swift water rescue, active shooter operations and response to radiological emergencies.
As Tri-Community South’s new leader, he spearheads all efforts related to providing emergency medical care to residents and businesses in Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park and South Park.