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Chief Ray Nolen
Ray Nolen

Ray Nolen, Chief

Ray Nolen became the 4th Chief for the City of La Porte Emergency Medical Service on May 24, 2004.

Chief Nolen began his EMS career when he was 17 years of age by joining a local Medical Explorers Post in Pasadena, Texas. He has been a career emergency medical professional, serving for the City of La Porte Emergency Medical Service since March of 1987 when he was 21 years of age. He was appointed to the position of Assistant EMS Chief in 1990 at the age of 25 and remained at that rank for 14 years until his promotion to the position of Chief.

Our staff of 28 employees consists of a Chief, Asst. Chief, Shift Captain's, Paramedic III's, Paramedic II's, Paramedic I's, EMS Interns and a Billing Specialist. All full-time personnel are required to maintain Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) provider certifications. All full-time staff must also maintain the CPR-Instructor certification. The City of La Porte EMS has a state approved on-line continuing education program. All personnel are mandated by management to continue their EMS education and encouraged to pursue college level course work.

The City of La Porte EMS currently has five (5) fully stocked Texas Department of State Health Services certified Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances in its fleet, and has three MICU ambulances on-duty at all times along with ALS equipped 1st responder vehicles that are operated by on-duty EMS supervisors. The City of La Porte has seen fit to provide EMS with "state of the art" equipment. All units are outfitted with Medtronic LIFEPAK 12 or 15 EKG monitors, LUCAS CPR Devices, Stryker Power Stretchers and Stair Chairs, CPAP generators, RAD 57 Pulse CO-Oximetry, Auto-Vent 3000’s, EZ IO kits and Panasonic Toughbooks.

Chief Nolen is also a certified peace officer, currently serving as a Major for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office where he has been employed for over 20 years. During Chief Nolen's tenure with the Sheriff’s Office he has been assigned to the divisions of Marine and Patrol.

He and his wife Michelle have 3 children, Shaine, Alix and Brooke.

When not on duty, Chief Nolen enjoys hunting, sports, and fitness training.