Roxbury Superintendent O’Brien serves as festival medical director
By Brian Sweeney
Roxbury Central School Superintendent Tom O’Brien had a very different job for five days last week — serving as Emergency Medical Services director at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill.
Tom has served in this position at the festival for several years. His primary work as medical services director includes managing approximately 40 volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), nurses and others with first-aid experience to provide care for up to 7,000 people over the course of the five-day event.
A licensed EMT, Tom’s duties at Grey Fox also include helping plan the layout and filling the NYS Department of Health plan requirements.
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival has been held each year during the second weekend in July for more than 30 years. The festival was originally held for more than 30 years in Ancramdale in Columbia County. Grey Fox is the third largest multi-day bluegrass festival in the country.
Tom serves as an Emergency Medical Services Lt. for the Roxbury Ambulance Squad and puts his medical skills to use as a ski patroller at Belleayre Mountain. Tom is also a member of the Margaretville Hospital Board of Directors.
He was been an administrator at Roxbury Central School since 2002 and is starting his third year as superintendent.