Meet the Chief of EMS

Chief Eric Hoy began his public safety career in 2006. Serving in northern California as a firefighter and later as a Paramedic. In 2010, Chief Hoy transitioned to a Flight Paramedic role with REACH Air Medical Services also based in northern California. After two years of service, Chief Hoy continued his career growth by joining Sanford AirMed as a Flight Paramedic, based at Sanford Health University of South Dakota Medical Center, in Sioux Falls South Dakota. In late 2021 Chief Hoy returned to his roots in public safety, by accepting the position of Chief of EMS with Cole County Emergency Medical Services.

 Prior to joining Cole County EMS, Chief Hoy completed over 2,000 patient flights as a medical crewmember and served in many different roles including: QA/QI program manager, Training Director, and Clinical Base Supervisor. Chief Hoy is a former member of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) Standards Committee, and a former member of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) Vision Zero Safety Taskforce.

 Chief Hoy is a 2020 graduate of Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in EMS Leadership. He has also completed the Management of Emergency Medical Services course at the US National Fire Academy, holds board certification as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, and is a member of the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA).

 Chief Hoy resides with his wife and daughter in Eastern Cole County and spends his free time golfing, supporting his favorite professional sports teams, and serving as a fire fighter with the Osage Fire Protection District.

 A Message From the Chief

The need for quality pre-hospital medical care has never been greater, nor has the difficulty in delivering such care been more difficult. Therefore, as a leader I’m committed to continuously investing in our employees to ensure they are able to meet the demand and expectations of our citizens. This means, always striving for clinical excellence, embracing new technology and advancements in clinical care, and ensuring our staff has the best equipment and facilities to assist them in delivering service.

 The opportunity to serve this community has been overwhelming rewarding. My family and I are grateful for the warm welcome to a new community, and I am excited to continue to support the growth and modernization of this fantastic department.

 Eric Hoy, Chief of EMS, Cole County Emergency Medical Services