Bryan Crawley isn't a preacher, but in some ways, he has similar reasoning for why he does what he does.

"People are called to be pastors and they're called to be missionaries and they're called to be different things because they want to help their fellow man," said Crawley.

"I was called to help others."

Recently sworn in as Marshall County's new emergency management director, Crawley has hit the ground running, particularly in the search for a woman believed to have drowned in the Tennessee River more than two weeks ago.

Crawley was at the scene near Calvert City Saturday, coordinating support and resources for around 20 local, state and federal agencies in the search for Brandy Osborne.

For Crawley, that kind of operation is nothing new, and one his decades in federal fire support have equipped him for.

"I've been out a little over 150 times," Crawley said Friday, of his seasonal work for the federal government responding to some of the largest disasters in the country.

"We have to be able to build a camp to support 1,500, 2000 firefighters within 24 hours, and those resources are literally coming in from all over the country," said Crawley, who has a binder full of certificates from incidents he helped coordinate, including the 2009 ice storms in West Kentucky.

"I understand the concepts of incident command and the support roles that this office is required to do."

His post, which he took over following the dismissal of former director Curt Curtner, is less about command and more about support.

Crawley said he noticed that, even in the recent searching for Osborne, that the county wasn't taking advantage of all of its resources.

Since assuming his role, Crawley said he's brought heated tents, tire repairs, even portable toilets to the scene of the search in an effort to support the search crews and streamline the processes at the scene.

Crawley's motivation is deeply personal.

The East Tennessee native's father died in a motorcycle accident when Crawley was just seven years old, and he vividly remembers applying for a first responder job in the same county where his father was killed.

"I went in and sat down with one of the shift captains, and we were talking and he said 'Crawley, Crawley, did your father get killed in a motorcycle accident,'" Crawley said.

"He took my hand and he said 'Bryan, I want you to know that I was the last person your father talked to. He was crying because he wasn't able to pick you up, and he was worried that you didn't know where he was at. His last words were about you.'"

That's when Crawley realized "This is my calling. This is where I was supposed to be."

Generally, Crawley said he hopes to bring the Marshall County department up to national standards and assure the residents that they're in capable, caring hands.

"That major disaster that affects everyone in the county, how can Marshall County EMA support those people and provide that infrastructure to where they're warm, they're fed, they've got a place to lay their head if they can't do it at home, and how do we provide that communication so they know where it is," he said.

One area he hopes to focus on is improvement of the county's siren systems -- in particular switching from classic windup sirens to speaker systems that can broadcast specific information.

"If it's a tornado warning, seek shelter, if it's a flood warning, find higher ground," he said.

With over 30 years in emergency services and eight years between active and reserve duty in the Navy, Crawley said his experience is his greatest asset.

"I've seen a lot. I've done a lot. That's what I bring to the table."

And he's adamant that his position isn't political in the slightest.

"I raised my hand and I swore an oath that I was going to protect and defend the citizens of Marshall County and that's what I'm going to do."