There's a few new faces who are ready, willing and able to come to Westport residents' aid in the event of an emergency.

Westport Volunteer Emergency Services (WVEMS) recently welcomed a new coordinator, Marc E. Hartog, and two new paramedic crew chiefs, Kevin Doherty and Michael Salvatore.

Hartog is responsible for day-to-day operations and overall management of the service. Hartog, who was formally appointed to the position by First Selectman Gordon Joseloff on April 16, is filling the vacancy that was created by the retirement of Alan Yoder in 2009.

Hartog, married and the father of three daughters, is a 20-year resident of Westport, and has been a career paramedic for more than 30 years. Prior to coming to WVEMS in 2000 as a paramedic crew chief, he worked for 18 years as a paramedic, EMS director, and director of emergency services at St. Clare's Hospital in midtown Manhattan. He has also worked as a part-time paramedic for Norwalk Hospital since 1991.

In his spare time, Hartog is actively involved as a community theater actor throughout Fairfield County, including the musical "1776" currently playing at the Darien Arts Center. He brings a strong managerial background to this position, a thorough understanding of WEMS, and a desire to help members through training programs and other endeavors. He is excited about carrying on the tradition of excellence that Westport EMS/VEMS is known for and educating the community about the services provided.

Doherty and Salvatore, the two new paramedic crew chiefs, are filling vacancies created by retirements in 2009.

Prior to joining WVEMS, Salvatore worked for Campion Ambulance Service in Waterbury for 12 years; he was a field supervisor for eight of those 12 years. He was also a dispatcher for the Southbury Police Department for 15 years and served in the military. He is married and the step-father of two. In his spare time, Salvatore is a pace car driver and a firefighter/paramedic at Lime Rock Race Track in Lakeville.

Doherty has been involved with EMS for five years, primarily working with the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where he has served as vice president for the past one and-a-half years. He became a licensed paramedic in 2009, and was employed full time with American Medical Response (AMR), Fairfield County division, prior to coming to WVEMS.