Chief Jonathan Olson is responsible for Wake County EMS Operations. He supports the Paramedics, EMS Techs, Field Training Officers (FTOs) and District Chiefs. He is also responsible for Special Operations, which includes community special event support, the EMS Honor Guard, the bike team, hazardous materials medical response, and the tactical paramedic program.

Chief Olson was appointed Chief of Operations in January 2008 and oversees field operations in the Wake County EMS Division. Chief Olson served as Division Chief for Management Services and as a district chief prior to his appointment. He started as a paramedic with Wake County EMS in June 1990. Chief Olson has served as a volunteer firefighter in Wake County since 1986 and is currently serving his community as an assistant chief.

Chief Olson holds a bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University and master's degrees in health administration and business administration from Pfeiffer University. In 2011, he was awarded the Executive Fire Officer certification by the National Fire Academy. He is a member of the National EMS Management Association, for which he is an instructor in Basic Field Training Officer and Developing/Managing EMS FTEP curriculums.

Chief Jonathan Olson
919-856-6022
jolson@wakegov.com