First Vice President

Gary Ludwig
Champaign Fire Department (Il.)

Gary Ludwig

Gary Ludwig currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Champaign (Illinois) Fire Department.  Under Chief Ludwig, the Champaign Fire Department was awarded an ISO Class 1 fire protection rating and is only one of twelve in Illinois.  He has 40 years of fire, rescue, and EMS experience.  

Chief Ludwig started his career with the City of St. Louis at age 18, just two months out of high school, rising through the ranks and retiring as the Chief Paramedic of the St. Louis Fire Department after 25 years of service.  He has also served 10 years as Deputy Fire Chief for the Memphis Fire, managing EMS and the Emergency Management Office. 

Chief Ludwig previously served on the EMS Executive Board for the International Association of Fire (IAFC) Chiefs for 22 years, with six years as Chair.  He has a Master’s degree in Business and Management, and has been a licensed paramedic for over 38 years.  He has written a monthly column for Firehouse Magazine for over 20 years and has written over 500 articles for professional publications such as On Scene, Firehouse Magazine, Fire-Rescue, Fire Engineering, JEMS, and EMS World Magazine.  He has also has been invited to speak at over 250 professional EMS or fire conferences or seminars such as Fire-Rescue International, FDIC, Firehouse Expo, EMS Today, and EMS Expo.    He has won numerous awards including the James O. Page EMS Leadership Award in 2014.