Patrick Cobb

Director of EMS and Emergency Management
Hamilton County Hospital District EMS

This year marks Mr. Cobbs 20th year as a Licensed Paramedic in Texas, and 33 years total in pre-hospital emergency medical care. Patrick Cobb transported his first EMS patient in 1988 as a flight medic with “Alamo Dustoff” 149th Aviation Regiment Texas Army National Guard. Shortly afterwards he transitioned to active-duty regular army and served over ten years of federal service evacuating, treating, and transporting patients using a variety of vehicles. Patrick has transported patients in everything from wheeled or tracked ground ambulances to UH-1H “Huey’s”, UH-60 “Blackhawks” to CH-47 “Chinook” helicopters. After an Honorable Discharge in 1998 from Fort Hood, he flew part-time for nearly 10 more years as a civilian Flight Paramedic in Central Texas on aircraft such as the As355 “Twin Star”, BK-117, and Bell 407’s.

Patrick spent nearly 15 years with Williamson County Emergency Services. The first 8 years as a field Paramedic and district supervisor. He was appointed the Director of Emergency Management and Communications in 2006 leading the EOC and 911 Center. During his career at Williamson County, Patrick managed several emergency services programs to include becoming a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and creating the county’s Type III Incident Management Team (IMT). Patrick was appointed the Incident Commander and Team Leader of one of the first 8 state sponsored Incident Management Teams in 2007.

He deployed to New Orleans and Jefferson Parish for Hurricane Katrina and Beaumont-Port Arthur for Hurricane Rita in 2005. Patrick was selected in 2010 to be one of only 200 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Program evaluators in the country by the US Department of Homeland Security. He led the emergency management evaluation teams inspecting the cities of Boston (Boston Marathon), Philadelphia (July 4th Festivities), and Jacksonville, Florida (Georgia-Florida football game). Mr. Cobb was also the Operations Section Chief for Texas Rapid Response Task Force- Austin deploying to many state and federally declared disasters such as Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike in 2008. Patrick led TF Austin to Hurricane Alex and the Wilderness Ridge Fire/ Bastrop County 2009. Patrick led TF Wilco to the Bastrop County Complex fire in 2011 amongst many other incidents supporting complex law enforcement operations, wildfires, tornadoes and major flooding in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and California. He led the first Texas Type III IMT deployment to a Type I wildfire incident in April 2011 to what became known as the PK Complex Fire.

Since leaving Williamson County Emergency Services, Mr. Cobb has served as the Director of Arlington EMS and for several years now the Director of EMS and Emergency Management for Hamilton County Hospital District. Today Patrick directs nearly 90 full-time EMS professionals caring for four counties that transport nearly 9,000 patients per year. Hamilton EMS is a licensed MICU level EMS system and the first and only EMS system to be designated a Critical Access Part A EMS Provider in Texas by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Hamilton EMS serves Hamilton, Mills, San Saba, and Llano counties with 10 primary ambulances and has the privilege of providing comprehensive in-depth science driven patient care.