My name is Nicholas Kresta and I am seeking your vote as the Texas EMS Alliance Small Fire Based Board position. Many of you may not know me, so I would like to share a little about myself.
I am from the small town of East Bernard. My father joined the East Bernard Volunteer Fire Department when I was one month old, so I was blessed to be raised being involved in public service. I became a volunteer firefighter with East Bernard when I turned 18. Professionally, I began my career as a volunteer with East Bernard EMS as an EMT and working for Wharton EMS. After going through the fire academy, I was employed by Texas City Fire Department in 2009. While working there for 9.5 years, I obtained my Paramedic certification and promoted to Engine Operator. In 2018, I was hired by Fort Bend County ESD #4 (Fulshear Simonton Fire Department) as a Captain and also obtained my Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership from the University of Houston Clear Lake.
My wonderful wife, Callie, and I married in 2013. We live in Hallettsville where she is a high school science teacher while also coaching volleyball and softball. We have recently built a house and have 3 amazing/energetic children Slayder (6), Cutter (4), and Balen (1).
In February of 2022, the opportunity presented itself and I was hired as the Assistant Fire Chief and EMS Director at Yoakum Fire Department. Since coming to Yoakum, our agency has made great strides in improving the quality of our care while fostering positive relations with our neighboring agencies and the citizens we serve. As the county line for Lavaca and DeWitt Counties goes right through the center of our small city, I have learned the value of outreach, cooperation, patience, and understanding that is required to move into the future. I believe these qualities will help me represent the EMS profession in a positive way while serving on the TEMSA Board.
Growing up in rural Texas has given me a strong passion for rural EMS and drives my devotion to advocating, training, and expanding my knowledge and relationships to continue to improve the care that our EMS agencies can deliver to the citizens we serve. As an industry, it is important for all of us to come together to share our challenges, successes, and history to reach the common goal of effective and efficient care for our patients. TEMSA is a great organization, and is doing an amazing job advocating for the EMS profession.
I very much look forward to working with TEMSA and advocating for everyone in our amazing profession. If there is anything else you would like to know about me, please feel free to reach out via email, call, or text. I would be happy to listen to any concerns or ideas to improve our profession both now and in the future.
Yoakum Fire Department