The position of Assistant Chief of Management Services is responsible for logistics for the Wake County Department of EMS. This position plans and forecasts financial and inventory needs, ensures inventory optimization, order lifecycle management, warehousing and distribution. This includes fleet, supplies, uniforms, contracts, preventative maintenance and whatever else is necessary to keep Wake County EMS units on the road and fully stocked.
Assistant Chief Michael Williams returned to Wake County EMS on May 2, 2011, to serve as the Assistant Chief of Management Services. Assistant Chief Williams' EMS career started as a volunteer EMT at North Carolina State University, in the SAVES program on campus. He has served as a volunteer member at Cary Area EMS and served a term on their Board of Directors. In May 1998, he was hired at Wake County EMS as a part time EMT-Intermediate and full time as a Paramedic in September 1998.
Assistant Chief Williams has also branched out to serve other roles in the County. In 2003, he was hired at Wake County Emergency Management to run the Radiological Emergency Preparedness program, and in 2007 promoted to Animal Services Director within Wake County Environmental Services Department.
Chief Williams has a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Public Health Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Logistics is based out of a 24,000 square-foot warehouse space that EMS shares with Emergency Management. This space allows Wake County to purchase in bulk and store needed equipment and supplies.
Two Logistics Officers assist with day-to-day functions, which allows for seven-days-a-week support. When they are not delivering supplies to stations, they are assisting Operations by deploying specialty assets or responding with COMM-1 or EVAC-1.