Commander, Administration/Special Operations Branch Emergency Medical Services Division Assistant Chief Christopher A. Johnson, NRP was appointed to the New Castle County Emergency Medical Service in 2002 while attending the Delaware Technical and Community College Paramedic Program as a Paramedic Candidate, where he completed his studies and received the Paramedic Program Outstanding Graduate award. He completed the field certification and was certified as a Delaware paramedic in November that same year.
Assistant Chief Johnson has held assignments in Field Operations on Medic 1 (City of Wilmington), Medic 4 (Brandywine Hundred), Medic 2 (New Castle), and Medic 3 (Newark). He served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) until his promotion to Paramedic Sergeant in July 2013. In May of 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was reassigned to the Special Operations/Administration Branch as the Recruitment, Applicant Processing, and Field Training Coordinator. Assistant Chief Johnson was promoted to his current rank in November 2020, and is currently the Commander of the Special Operations/ Administration Branch.
Assistant Chief Johnson is a member of the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company of Newark where he held the position of Deputy Chief of EMS. He was a member of the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit (UDECU), where he served in various roles including Coordinator of the student-run organization.
Assistant Chief Johnson holds an Associate Degree in Paramedic Technology from Delaware Technical and Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware, and is completing the requirements for a Master of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at Wilmington University. Assistant Chief Johnson is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Academy sponsored by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, where he was the first non-law enforcement graduate to receive the Chief Harry Wilde Academic Achievement Award for the New Castle County cohort.
Assistant Chief Johnson has received several official awards and commendations, including a Distinguished Unit Citation, a Lifesaving Award, and several Pre-hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest Save Citations. He was also designated by the Kiwanis Club of Wilmington as the "Paramedic of the Quarter" for the third quarter of 2012.