Gary Ludwig

Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Gary Ludwig started his fire and rescue career in St. Louis, Missouri. He retired as the Chief Paramedic from the St. Louis Fire Department in 2001. He was employed with the City of St. Louis for 25 years after starting employment with the City two months out of high school. During his career he rose through the ranks and worked or managed in various bureaus including Operations, Support Services, and managed the Fire Alarm Communications Center for a short period of time as a battalion chief.

On April 4, 2005, he was appointed Deputy Fire Chief in charge of EMS in Memphis and led the rebuilding effort of the EMS program. In February 2007, he was also assigned responsibility of the Logistical Support Section.

Chief Ludwig currently serves as Chairman for the EMS Section of the 15,000+ member International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Additionally, he serves on the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) EMS Standing Committee.

Chief Ludwig has earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Management and Business. Additionally, he is a licensed paramedic. Chief Ludwig is also a contributing editor and writes a monthly column that appears in Firehouse Magazine and is a "page one" columnist for Additionally, he writes a monthly leadership column that appears in JEMS Magazine.

Chief Ludwig has authored over 400 articles in such publications as the IAFC's On Scene, 9-1-1 Magazine, Fire Chief Magazine, Firehouse Magazine, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, EMS Magazine, and National Fire & Rescue.

Also, Chief Ludwig is a nationally known and requested speaker and has made over 250 public presentations at conferences or professional seminars in 42 states and several foreign countries.

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