The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is led by Division Chief Craig Krienke, who began with the Georgetown Fire Department in 1989. Chief Krienke has obtained numerous certifications, including: Advanced Firefighter, Wildland Firefighter, Fire Instructor 2, Fire Officer 4, Incident Safety Officer, and Emergency Medical Technician.
Chief Krienke is credited with being a founding member of the Georgetown Fire Department Honor Guard. He routinely travels across the State of Texas to pay respect to the firefighters that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Chief Krienke also volunteers as guardian for the Honor Flight Program. It is within this program that he pays respect to our military veterans and travels with them to the Washington D.C. memorial.
His leadership support staff is made up of three Battalion Chiefs/Shift Commanders that are each responsible for a specific twenty-four hour shift (A, B or C).
Dr. Ryan Ramsey has been serving as the Georgetown Fire Department’s Medical Director since assisting in the creation of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division in 2015. He is a Board-Certified Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services, with extensive experience in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Quality Improvement, Public Health, and Clinical Education. He has served as Medical Director of the EMTS Program at Texas State University, as well as an Associate Clinical Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. Dr. Ramsey has served the Georgetown community as a local Emergency Medicine Physician since 2007 as well.
While all of Georgetown Fire Department’s personnel hold either an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic / Intermediate) or Paramedic License through the State of Texas, the authorization to practice EMS medicine requires annual credentialing by and through the Medical Director.
Both EMTs and the Paramedics have their own tailor-made programs that require each member be able to demonstrate knowledge, effectiveness, skills, and critical thinking during the provision of clinical care for all patient acuities and emergencies encountered in Georgetown. These program requirements are based on the evidence-based clinical performance standards (Standard of Care protocols) as created and maintained by Dr. Ramsey.
The Credentialing process assists our providers in best serving our public by ensuring our EMS protocols, treatments, and well-trained staff remain adaptive to the evolving practice of EMS medicine.
The Georgetown Fire Department Emergency Services Division is multi-faceted and is responsible for delivering direct emergency and non-emergency services for 138 square miles, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to the citizens and visitors of Georgetown, which has a combined population nearing 100,000.
. .. If you are ever in need of our help, please do not hesitate to call 911 for emergencies.