Chief of EMS

Chief Matthew Lindewirth, MSEMS, NRP

Cole County Emergency Medical Services is lead by Matthew Lindewirth. Chief Lindewirth started his career in EMS in 1995 as an EMT and became a Paramedic in 1997. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from Troy University in Political Science with a minor in military operations.  He completed his Master's of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services from Creighton University. Chief Lindewirth is also a graduate of Fitch and Associate's Ambulance Service Manger (ASM) course.

In addition to serving the community of Cole County, he also serves as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. He also served in the US Air Force prior to rejoining the US Navy. He has numerous deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism to numerous locations around the globe.

Prior to joining Cole County, Chief Lindewirth served as the Chief of EMS in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He worked for the St. Charles County Ambulance District for nearly 18 years as well, earning numerous patient care awards.

He has a passion for EMS being a community resource and advancing the EMS career field to be equals in the public safety triad of Police, Fire and EMS.