Chad Abrams

Name: Chad Abrams, Chief of Leon County EMS

Career field: Paramedic / Emergency Medical Services

Organization: Leon County

Years with current organization: 11 years

Years in career field: 26 years

What encouraged you to work in this career field?
I was drawn to becoming a paramedic because of the TV series I watched as a kid called Emergency! that profiled two paramedics who made a difference in people's lives and in the community. I could not imagine doing the same work day in and day out, especially if that work did not make a difference for people. As a paramedic, you never go to the same call twice – that really appeals to me as well.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of the job is being able to be there for people during their times of greatest need. Most of our patients and their families have never experienced an emergency so severe that they had to call 9-1-1 for help. Being called into people's homes during these times is an honor and a privilege that makes the job rewarding.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
Even when responding to patients with similar complaints, there is always a difference in something that makes the call unique. Paramedics encounter the best and worst that society has to offer. You quickly learn the fragility of life and to truly live life to the fullest while focusing on the positive things.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment has been being promoted to Chief of Leon County EMS. Leon County EMS is an excellent organization that is truly focused on meeting the needs of patients. In everything we do, we consider what the impact will be to our patients.

What motivates you daily?
My daily motivation is my desire to provide the best possible solutions to citizens in need. It is a great privilege to be invited to help someone during their emergency and it motivates you to do a great job every day.

What education/training does a person need to get started in your field?
To get started in this field you need to graduate from a paramedic program, which is usually offered at community colleges such as Tallahassee Community College.

What advice do you have for those considering entering into a career in your career field?
Go for it. While it is normal to be apprehensive about your ability to perform during an emergency event, your training and education will make sure you are well prepared. When making your educational plan, think long-term and consider working towards finishing a degree in the future.

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