The newest member of the Cypress Creek EMS Family is Zach Dunlap. He is our new Training Coordinator. Among other things, he will coordinate the EMT programs at Spring ISD and Klein ISD, set up and teach card classes, coordinate new hire training, participate in clinical reviews of calls, and teach in the EMT Class that is sponsored by several fire departments in our coverage area that respond to EMS calls with CCEMS. In the near future, you will also see him out in the field, something that he says he has missed a lot.
Zach comes to us from Memorial Hermann Life Flight where he was a flight paramedic. Zach says he loved flying, but he missed the initial patient contact of a ground EMS system. He missed the interaction with patients in their homes and using the skills that had already been performed before he arrived on the helicopter.
Meet Zach and his family. Story continues below.
Zach knew early on that he wanted to be a paramedic. He says, “Three days after my 8th birthday there was a fatal helicopter crash in the panhandle and from that point on I decided that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t know why, but it just really affected me. My dad was a respiratory therapist and every time the helicopter came in, I wanted to go up and see it and just got enamored with the lights and sirens of ambulances. As I got older, I was just drawn to emergency medicine. I decided to go to paramedic school and once I got in it, I was hooked.”
Zach’s mom saved what he wrote after the crash in 2000. Story continues below.
Zach was born in raised in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He attended Garden City Community College where he played golf and went to paramedic school. He worked as a ground paramedic in Amarillo, Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He returned to the Texas Panhandle to fly as a paramedic for Lifestar and Rico Aviation. Then, he moved to Houston to fly at Memorial Hermann Life Flight.
Zach says, “What drew me to Cypress Creek EMS is the resources and the progressive medicine that’s not happening in other parts of the country.”
He first heard of Cypress Creek EMS when he read an article about CCEMS carrying blood products. He was flying in the panhandle at the time and was trying to get blood products implemented in the air. He took the article to his program director to bolster his argument that they should be carrying blood. He says it is especially important in the panhandle since they are an hour away from the nearest trauma center.
Zach says, “Then, I got down to Houston and started making scenes with Cypress Creek. I learned more about EMS services in the area and it became apparent that CCEMS was doing things right and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Zach’s start date here was pushed back a week due to a new arrival in his family. His wife Tamra gave birth to their daughter Brynlee Ann. Brynlee was born on May 20, which is when her dad was supposed to start at CCEMS. Zach and Tamra also have a two-year-old son named Brogan and two English Bulldogs named Ollie and Annie.