Chaplain Skip Straus
Commander of Emergency Services Ministries
Straus is an ordained nondenominational pastor and is the Founder
and President of Emergency Ministries. Chaplain Straus has been
involved in fire and EMS services since 1973. Today, he holds a
Bachelors degree in Pastoral Counseling, an Advanced and Pastoral
Crisis Intervention certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management
and holds certificates of training in Fire as well as EMS Chaplaincy.
a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
and is Board Certified Crisis Chaplain in Traumatic
Stress. Skip is a long time member of Chaplain Fellowship Ministries
and holds a Master Chaplain Certification. Chaplain
Straus is a certified Level 1 Firefighter Instructor, a Nationally
Registered EMT-Paramedic and works full time on a 9-1-1 medic unit.
He is a Field Training Officer & Relief Supervisor for the city
where he is employed.
Straus is a graduate of the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg,
MD (EMS Division) with a certificate in Advanced Safety Operations
and Management. Chaplain Straus spent five weeks in New York
City at Ground Zero, following the attack on the World
Trade Center, working directly with the FDNY - within the 1st Battalion
- talking one-on-one with many of the firefighters, EMTs and police
officers who survived the attack and collapses. He spent several
days on the pile as an on-duty Chaplain, for two different
sector commands, assisting in the removal of human remains of fallen
members of service.
In addition to serving as the Chaplain for FieldMedics.com, Chaplain
Straus actively serves as Chaplain for several fire and EMS agencies
in southeast Texas. Chaplain Straus also runs a website for the
Chaplaincy at www.emergencychaplain.org and has authored two devotionals
that appear in the Firefighter Bible published by Holmon
Bible Publishing. He writes a weekly article called STRESS
RELIEF. Chaplain Skip also performs weddings and funerals,
see contact e-mail in the navagiation box on the right.
Skip's web site "Emergency Ministries" and see their video
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