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Meet our Executive Team

Chief Ernesto Rodriguez
Chief of Staff Jasper Brown
Assistant Director Kerri Lang
Ernesto Rodriguez
EMS Chief
Jasper Brown
Chief of Staff
Kerri Lang
Assistant Director
Assistant Chief Teresa Gardner
Division Chief Pete Didonato
Division Chief Eric Jakubauskas
Teresa Gardner
Assistant Chief
Education and Training
Pete Didonato
Division Chief
Eric Jakabuaskas
Division Chief
Field Operations
Division Chief Adam Johnson
Division Chief Wes Hopkins
Division Chief Mikel Kane
Adam Johnson
Division Chief
Wes Hopkins
Division Chief
Operations & Fleet Services
Mikel Kane
Division Chief
Field Operations

Business Units

Human Resources
The Human Resources section is responsible for employee relations, recruiting, leave management, worker’s compensation, and benefit administration. 
The Health and Safety Coordinator works in conjunction with an Occupational Safety Specialist to monitor, review, and make any changes necessary for continued employee safety.
Knowledge Management
The Business Analysis and Research (BAR) Team collaborates with other sections of the Department to gather and analyze data and use that information to improve performance. The Performance Management team reviews clinical issues and performs audits on interventions.
Public Information
The Public Information Office provides up-to-the minute EMS-related news to City and County officials, EMS executive staff members, and local, regional, and national news media.

Community Relations and Injury Prevention
The Community Relations team is responsible for internal and external communications, public relations and marketing efforts, and manages our Injury Prevention programs including hands-only CPR and Infant/Child Safety programs. The team also publishes the ATCEMS Annual Report and our department digital news magazine, PULSE. Marketing activities include the creation of all training, promotional and educational materials. Community Relations also organizes department participation in a variety of community outreach events including health and safety fairs, parades, and school visits.

Accounts Payable
Accounts payable processes all incoming invoices and ensures that all bills are paid in an efficient and timely manner.
Payroll works to ensure that all of our 600+ employees are paid correctly and accurately every pay period. 
Purchasing and Supply
Supply personnel purchase supplies, maintain equipment and manage a warehouse for the provision of medications, medical equipment and medical supplies to ATCEMS, Austin Fire Department, and other Travis County First Responder Organizations. 
Financial monitoring oversees the Billing section, prepares the annual budget, maintains accounting records for revenues and expenses, and manages purchasing for the entire department.
Billing and Records 
ATCEMS provides competitive and cost-effective billing by utilizing its own in-house accounts receivable staff. Our philosophy is that every case starts with our 911 Emergency Communications Center and ends with billing services. In FY2014 EMS collected and contributed 42M to the City of Austin General Fund. 

Communication Medics triage incoming 9-1-1 calls and dispatch EMS personnel in order to respond to calls in the most efficient manner possible to maximize system response.
Field Operations 
ATCEMS operates 34 full time ambulances and fours peak load units. All vehicles are equipped to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) care and are staffed with a Medic I (BLS) provider and Medic II (ALS) provider.
Fleet Management
Fleet management ensures that all the emergency vehicles we depend on to serve the community are always reliable and ready to work. 
The EMS Scheduling Staff ensures adequate staffing levels for all response units and special assignments on a daily basis.
Special Operations
Special Operations is our local rescue section that provides additional support to Texas Task Force 1 with swift water boat teams, USAR resources, and deployment through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid.
Special Events
In addition to managing day-to-day emergencies in Austin and Travis County, ATCEMS provides medical coverage for a host of planned and unplanned major events from UT football games, outdoor festivals, races, marathons, and the Circuit of the Americas racing venue. 

ATCEMS Field Operations and Emergency Communications cadets begin their training at our Academy. The Academy staff conducts three Academy classes each year.
Continuing Education
The Continuing Education group conducts educational programs to improve the delivery of medical care and state of the art medical therapies that benefit the citizens we serve. 
CPR/First Aid Certification
ATCEMS provides CPR certification classes and first aid training to the general public and hosts the largest American Heart Association Authorized Regional Training Center in Central Texas.