Andrew Chalk: Paramedic
Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.: Friendswood, Texas
It is with great honor and pride that Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department nominates Andrew Chalk for the 2016 Stars of Life Award. Andrew is being recognized in acknowledgement of his to his service to the citizens of Texas through his leadership in quality pre-hospital care and community-wide emergency response. Andrew has been at the forefront in the areas of patient care, public access, medical control, disaster preparedness, public education and training.
Andrew has served as a mentor, supporter and advocate for EMS throughout the country. Andrew has been an integral part of many recent projects that directly or indirectly contribute to patient care excellence. For example, he recently spearheaded our migration to a new PCR system that has allowed Friendswood EMS to use tablets for PCR and allows access to our CAD system while on scene. He also has maintained and updated our computer and hardware system, assisted in the design and planning of a Kawasaki mule utility response vehicle for special events, assisted in the design and planning of a special operations/command trailer, aided in protocol updates, and helped to create a successful continuing education program that kept members informed and develop confidence regarding their abilities to provide excellent patient care. Andrew encourages FVFD to be active within the community and assists in bimonthly free immunization clinics, community CPR training and other safety and injury prevention activities.
After 9/11, Andrew wanted to do more for his country, so he joined the Texas 3 Disaster Medical Assistant Team (DMAT), where he has risen through the ranks to the position of assistant team commander.
As you can see, Andrew’s life revolves around his support and caring for EMS and it is with pleasure that we nominate him as a 2016 Star of Life.