The Abilene Fire Department EMS Division is led by Division Chief Derek Briggs. The EMS Division is responsible for all EMS functions within the department including EMS incident response and operations, QA/QI, and inventory management of equipment and supplies needed for service delivery. The Community Response Team is a multi-disciplinary initiative with the Abilene Fire Department, Abilene Police Department, and Betty Hardwick Center and is part of this division. This team places a paramedic, a sworn police officer, and a licensed behavioral health professional in a response equipped SUV to move about the city addressing the behavioral health needs of our customers. Additionally, the EMS Division serves as the liaison with our Medical Director, the EMS transport provider and the two receiving medical facilities in Abilene facilitating joint peer-review processes, protocol development and maintenance, and serves on various committees and boards as needed.
Division Chief Derek Briggs began his career with the Abilene Fire Department in 1997. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services Administration from Columbia Southern University and is currently pursuing his Executive Fire Officer designation through the National Fire Academy. Additionally, he holds designations as a Fire Service Chief Executive Officer through the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, and as a Certified Fire Executive with the Texas Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Briggs holds numerous master certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and is a credentialed live fire instructor with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is both nationally registered and a licensed paramedic, a Texas Department of State Health Services advanced course coordinator and holds a tactical paramedic certification through the International Board of Specialty Certification. Chief Briggs is also a member of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council – EMS Education Committee and is active locally and at the State level in EMS.