Emergency Medical Planning Council

This Council serves as an advisory body to the Board of County Commissioners and is comprised of physicians, nurses, advanced life support and basic life support providers, law enforcement agencies, and 9-1-1 representatives. The Council receives reports from the Trauma Agency, Hospital By-Pass Committee, and Cardiac and Stroke Committees. These reports keep the Council apprised of advancements in the area of trauma, cardiac, stroke, and hospital availability in terms of capacity and capabilities. Emergency Management provides information regarding emergency preparedness, mass casualty exercises, and hurricane preparations. 9-1-1 reports the usage of the County's 9-1-1 System, as well as upgrades and enhancements in technology.

Membership:

The membership of this Council is appointed by the BOCC upon recommendation of the Emergency Medical Planning Council. Membership is not limited. Members serve by virtue of positions held/agencies represented.

Categories are specified as representatives from the following:

  • Each Law Enforcement Agency in Hillsborough County
  • Plant City Fire Rescue
  • Temple Terrace Fire Rescue
  • City of Tampa Fire Rescue
  • Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
  • Each Hospital in Hillsborough County
  • Hillsborough County Health Department
  • West Coast Chapter of the FL Emergency Nurses Association
  • Hillsborough County Trauma Agency
  • One Blood Inc.
  • Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission
  • A Maximum of Three Individual Community Leaders
  • Any Authorized Provider of Emergency Medical Services who holds a COPCN for Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support (BLS) in Hillsborough County

Terms:

Members shall serve a three year term.

Authority:

BOCC Resolution February 28, 1973; Transferred to Hospital and Welfare Board July 1, 1975; Transferred to BOCC when HWB was abolished by Chapter 80-510, Laws of Florida.

Meetings:

Quarterly, 3rd Tuesday, Feb., May, Aug., Nov.
Emergency Operations Center
2711 E. Hanna Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602

Contact:

Mary Ellen Guszkiewicz
Department of Aging Services
601 E. Kennedy Blvd. 25th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 307-3665

Members:

Member Position/Appointed By Dates of Service
Ms. Danita Allen HC Hospitals / South Florida Baptist Hospital / Member 02/04/2015 -
02/28/2018
Chief Daniel Azzariti Plant City Fire Rescue / Member 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Ms. Babette Bailey Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC/Member 09/18/2013 -
06/30/2019*
Mr. Timothy Balling HC Hospitals / St. Joseph’s Hospital North/ Member 06/02/2016 -
06/30/2019
Dr. David J. Ciesla Individual Community Leader / Member 12/04/2013 -
06/30/2019*
Katrina Cordero HC Hospitals / St. Joseph's Hospital North / Alternate 06/02/2016 
06/30/2019
Chief Leslie "Karen" Davidson Hillsborough County Fire Rescue / Alternate 11/04/2015 -
12/31/2018
Mr. Tom Diaz Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 02/15/1995 -
06/30/2020*
Mr. Robert Faraon Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Alternate 09/08/2016 -
06/30/2019
Mr. Jacob Fisher HC Hospitals / Tampa Community Hospital / Member 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Chief Thomas Forward Tampa Fire Rescue / Member 06/18/2014 -
06/30/2019*
Ms. Kim Fournier HC Hospitals / Memorial Hospital / Alternate 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Ms. Sandra Furlotte  HC Hospitals / Tampa General Hospital / Alternate  04/05/2017 -
06/30/2020 
Ms. Brittany Hanlin Any Authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Americare Ambulance / Alternate 09/08/2016 -
06/30/2019
Dr. Forrest Haslup Individual Community Leader / Member 01/16/1991 -
06/30/2019*
Mr. Matthew Hinkle  HC Hospitals / Tampa Community Hospital / Alternate  09/07/2017
06/30/2020 
Chief Dennis Jones Hillsborough County Fire Rescue / Member 11/04/2015 -
12/31/2018
Chief Ian Kemp Temple Terrace Fire Rescue / Member 11/04/2015 -
06/30/2019*
Dr. Ahmad Ksaibati HC Hospitals / South Bay Hospital / Member 05/20/2015 -
06/30/2018
Mr. Gilbert Leon Jr. Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 05/20/2015 -
06/30/2018
Mr. Richard Morrison Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 12/07/2005 -
06/30/2019*
Ms. Danielle Nelski Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Alternate  04/05/2017 -
06/30/2020
Mr. Ryan Pedigo Hillsborough County Health Department / Member 09/18/2013 -
06/30/2020*
Ms. Clara Reynolds
Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Alternate 06/07/2017 -
06/30/2020
Dr. James Robelli
HC Hospitals / St. Joseph's Hospital South / Member
03/19/2014 -
03/31/2020*
Dr. Richard Rodriguez HC Hospitals / St. Joseph's Hospital South / Alternate 09/08/2016 -
06/30/2019
Mr. David Samon Temple Terrace Fire Rescue / Alternate 09/08/2016 -
06/30/2019
Dr. I Charles Sand HC Hospitals / St. Joseph's Hospital / Member 02/21/1996 -
06/30/2020*
Chief Noreen Schramm Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Alternate 12/05/2012 -
12/31/2018*
Mr. Bernard Seeley HC Law Enforcement / Temple Terrace Police Department / Member 06/07/2017 -
06/30/2020
Dr. Brooke Shepard HC Hospitals / South Florida Baptist Hospital / Alternate 05/20/2015 -
06/30/2018
Ms. Janet Simpson One Blood Inc. / Member 06/16/2010 -
06/30/2019*
Ms. Erinn Skiba HC Hospitals / Tampa General Hospitals /Member 02/01/2017 -
06/30/2019
Mr. Raymond Sleszynski HC Hospitals / Memorial Hospital / Member 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Dr. Joel Strom Individual Community Leader / Member 05/20/2015 -
06/30/2018
Ms. Jessica Strout Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 06/02/2016 -
06/30/2019
Mr. Andrew Thomas HC Trauma Agency / Alternate 06/07/2017 -
06/30/2020
Ms. Jodi Thurman HC Hospitals / South Bay Hospital / Alternate 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Ms. Barbara Tripp  City of Tampa Fire Rescue / Alternate  09/07/2017
06/30/2020  
Mr. Matthew Turner Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 02/17/2016 -
06/30/2019
Chief James Wilson Plant City Fire Rescue / Alternate 12/05/2012 -
12/31/2018*
Mr. Jeffrey Youngblood Any authorized provider of EMS who holds a COPCN for ALS or BLS in HC / Member 05/22/2001 -
06/30/2019*
HC Law Enforcement / City of Tampa Police Department / Member
West Coast Chapter of the FL Emergency Nurses Association (Member)  

*Reappointed

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