We are thrilled to announce that Williamson County EMS Division Commander Ed Tydings has joined the Task Force as a Response Commander for our EMS division. Commander Tydings comes to us with experience knowledge in EMS, ICS, and honor guard. We believe that his addition to our team will help us serve the EMS community with continued excellence and allow us more opportunity to serve this incredible emergency services community. Please read his bio below.
Welcome Commander Tydings to the team!
I began my career in EMS with a transfer service back in 1994, and in 1997 I came to Williamson County EMS. I have had an exciting career, branching into Emergency Management while remaining on the ambulance. I have had the privilege of serving people throughout the state of Texas by deploying as a member of our Incident Management Teams to several major hurricanes, floods, and fires.
In 2001, I worked with a group of dedicated paramedics to form our Honor Guard. Since then, I have served at many public safety funerals in a variety of roles across the state. I first became involved with the LODD Taskforce after the explosion in West, TX. I attended the National Honor Guard Academy in 2011.
I grew up in Western NY, and I still return to see my family several times a year. I moved to Texas in 1991 when I enlisted in the United States Army. I spent two years on an M1A1 tank at Ft. Hood, and one additional year as an artillery crewman. While employed with WCEMS, I was able to graduate from the University of Texas with a BS in Zoology. My wife Carmen also graduated from UT, and we are both avid supporters of all things Longhorn!! We have two active boys, and I coach both of them in soccer and baseball.
I am active in several service organizations, and as my boys grow I hope to be able to pass along my passion to serve. As a member of the Knights of Columbus, I helped establish an award winning color guard.
I truly believe that EMS is a vocation. We are called to serve our neighbors in their time of need, and that is one of the greatest things a person can do. I believe that my job is to work with our Clinical Practice Division to design, implement, and maintain efficient practices that allow our paramedics to provide outstanding clinical and customer service. I am honored to serve as a response commander with the LODD Taskforce.