Emergency Medical Planning Council

The purposes and scope of the activities of the Emergency Medical Planning Council (EMPC) shall include:
  • (A) promoting area-wide coordination of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and advising the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)
  • (B) recommending resolutions or ordinances required to accomplish these purposes
  • (C) encouraging training and education of professional providers and the general public in emergency medical care
  • (D) promoting communication and information between providers
  • (E) studying problems associated with EMS throughout the County
  • (F) promoting EMS standards
  • (G) coordinating EMS services
  • (H) promoting research and utilization of improved methods
  • (I) assuring the EMS system is prepared for disasters
  • (J) recommending approval/disapproval of Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) for EMS services

Membership:

All members are appointed by the BOCC upon recommendation of the EMPC. Members serve by virtue of positions held/agencies represented. Each member may designate an alternate member.

Categories are specified as follows:

  1. Each law enforcement agency in Hillsborough County.
  2. Plant City Fire Rescue
  3. Temple Terrace Fire Rescue
  4. Tampa Fire Rescue
  5. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
  6. Each Hospital in Hillsborough County
  7. Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County
  8. ** West Coast Chapter of the Florida Emergency Nurses Association
  9. Hillsborough County Trauma Agency
  10. ** Florida Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  11. One Blood Inc.
  12. ** Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission
  13. A Maximum of three (3) individual community leaders
  14. Any holder of a COPCN for Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support (BLS) in Hillsborough County

* * These positions are currently vacant and slated for deletion.

Terms:

Members shall serve a 3-year term.

Authority:

BOCC Resolution 2/28/73. Transferred to Hospital and Welfare Board (HWB) 7/1/75. Transferred to BOCC when HWB was abolished by Chapter 80-510, Laws of FL. Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws – Chapter 22, Article IV – Emergency Medical Transportation.

Meetings:

Quarterly, 2 to 4 PM (February, May, August, November)*
Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library
1505 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

*Due to COVID-19 conditions, the time and/or location of the meeting may be different. Check the calendar for all meeting details.

Contact:

Michael P. Tayler, RN
Coordinator, Emergency Medical Planning Council
Hillsborough County Health Care Services, 16th Floor
PO Box 1110, Tampa, FL 33601
(813) 276 – 2051
EMPC@HCFLGov.net

Members:


Member Position Dates of Service
  #1 – Each Law Enforcement Agency in Hillsborough County  
Major David Author HCSO / Member 06/15/2022 –
06/30/2025
  HCSO / Alternate  
  City of Tampa / Member  
  City of Tampa / Alternate  
  City of Temple Terrace / Member  
  City of Temple Terrace / Alternate  
  City of Plant City / Member  
  City of Plant City / Alternate  
 
  #2 – Plant City Fire Rescue  
Chief David Burnett Member 09/06/2018 –
10/30/2024*
Chief James Maxwell Alternate 01/09/2019 –
10/30/2024*
 
  #3 – Temple Terrace Fire Rescue    
Chief Ian Kemp Member 11/04/2015 –
10/30/24*
Chief David Samon Alternate 09/08/2016 –
10/30/1024*
 
  #4 – City of Tampa Fire Rescue   
Ms. Barbara Tripp Member 09/07/2017 –
10/30/2024*
Mr. Christopher Shipp Alternate 10/20/2021 –
10/30/2024
 
  #5 – Hillsborough County Fire Rescue   
Chief Dennis Jones Member 11/04/2015 –
10/30/2024*
Chief Louis Carnell Alternate 01/06/2021 –
01/30/2024
 
  #6 – Each Hospital in Hillsborough County   
Ms. Charity Carlisle Advent Health – Carrollwood / Member 04/04/2018 –
06/30/2024*
Ms. Jill Mendez Advent Health – Carrollwood / Alternate 06/15/2022 –
06/30/2025
     
Ms. Kacy Chilton Advent Health – Tampa / Member 09/06/2018 –
10/30/2024*
Dr. Frederick Yonteck Advent Health – Tampa / Alternate 01/23/2020 –
01/30/2023
     
Mr. Robert Kapish HCA Brandon Regional Hospital/ Member 04/03/2019 –
10/30/2024*
Mr. Victor Sasson HCA Brandon Regional Hospital/ Alternate 10/20/2021 –
10/30/2024*
     
Ms. Sheldon Barr HCA South Shore / Member 04/07/2021 –
03/31/2024
Mr. Michael Zimmerman HCA South Shore / Alternate 12/18/2019 –
12/30/2022
     
Dr. Christine Van Cott HCA South Tampa Hospital / Member 06/15/2022 –
06/30/2025
Mr. Raymond Sleszynski HCA South Tampa Hospital/ Alternate 02/17/2016 –
06/30/2025*
     
Ms. Stephanie LaForest James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital / Member 12/04/2019 –
12/30/202
Mr. Philip Chu James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital / Alternate 12/04/2019 –
12/30/2022
     
Ms. Alexis Rogers South Florida Baptist Hospital / Member 06/15/2022 –
06/30/2025
Dr. Brooke Shepard South Florida Baptist Hospital / Alternate 05/20/2015 –
06/30/2024*
     
Mr. Christian Sobky St. Joseph’s Main / Member 04/07/2021 –
03/31/2024
  St. Joseph’s Main / Alternate  
     
Ms. Danielle Nelski St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital / Member 04/05/2017 –
12/30/2022*
Ms. Hope Yarbrough St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital / Alternate 12/18/2019 –
12/30/2022
     
Mr. Timothy Balling St. Joseph’s Hospital North / Member 06/02/2016 –
10/30/2024*
Ms. Katrina Cordero St. Joseph’s Hospital North / Alternate 06/02/2016 –
10/30/2024*
     
Dr. Richard Rodriguez St. Joseph’s Hospital South / Member 09/08/2016 –
06/30/2025*
  St. Joseph’s Hospital South / Alternate  
     
Ms. Erinn Skiba Tampa General Hospital / Member 02/01/2017 –
10/30/2024*
Ms. Michelle Moran Tampa General Hospital / Alternate 09/16/2020 –
10/30/2024*
 
  #7 – Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County  
Mr. Ryan Pedigo Member 09/18/2013 –
10/30/2024*
  Alternate  
 
  #8 – ** West Coast Chapter of the Florida Emergency Nurses Association  
  **Positions are currently vacant and slated for deletion  
 
  #9 – Hillsborough County Trauma Agency  
Dr. Andrew Thomas Member 06/07/2017 –
06/30/2023*
  Alternate  
 
  #10 – ** Florida Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians  
  **Positions are currently vacant and slated for deletion  
 
  #11 – One Blood, Inc.  
Ms. Janet Simpson Member 06/16/2010 –
06/30/2025*
  Alternate  
 
  #12 –** Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission  
  **Positions are currently vacant and slated for deletion  
 
  #13 – A Maximum of Three Individual Community Leaders  
Dr. I. Charles Sand Member 02/21/1996 –
06/30/2023*
Dr. Joel Strom Member 05/20/2015 –
10/30/2024*
Mr. David Travis Member 04/03/2019 –
10/30/2024*
 
  #14 – Any Holder of a COPCN for Advanced Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support (BLS) in Hillsborough County  
Mr. Jeffrey Bogue Advent Health – Critical Care Transport / Member 09/06/2018 –
10/30/2024*
Mr. William Baxley Advent Health – Critical Care Transport / Alternate 09/06/2018 –
10/30/2024*
     
Ms. Wendy Williams Air Methods – Bayflite / Member 10/20/2021 –
10/30/2024
Ms. Jo Thevenet Air Methods – Bayflite / Alternate 12/04/2019 –
12/30/2022
     
Ms. Jessica Strout American Medical Response / Member 06/02/2016 –
06/30/2024*
Ms. Danielle LaRocca American Medical Response / Alternate 10/20/2021 –
10/30/2024
     
Mr. Jeffrey Youngblood Americare Ambulance / Member 05/22/2001 –
06/30/2024*
Ms. Brittany McCollum Americare Ambulance / Alternate 09/08/2016 –
06/30/2025*
     
  Rocky Mountains – Air Methods / Member  
Mr. Scott Fetterman Rocky Mountains – Air Methods / Alternate 06/15/2022 –
06/30/2025
     
Mr. Gilbert Leon Jr. St. Joseph’s Hospital / Member 05/20/2015 –
06/30/2024*
  St. Joseph’s Hospital / Alternate  
     
Chief Noreen Schramm Sun City Center EMS / Member 12/05/2012 –
06/30/2025*
Ms. Shirley Bardell Sun City Center EMS / Alternate 06/05/2019 –
06/30/2025*
     
  Tampa General Hospital / Member  
Ms. Kathleen Koch Tampa General Hospital / Alternate 09/16/2020 –
10/30/2024*
     
Mr. John Visokay Tampa General Hospital – Aeromed / Member 10/20/2021 –
10/30/2024
  Tampa General Hospital – Aeormed / Alternate  
     
Mr. Christopher Jones The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay – Transcare / Member 06/05/2019 – 06/30/2025*
Ms. Clara Reynolds The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay – Transcare / Alternate 06/30/2017 – 06/30/2023*

*Reappointed

Enabling Legislation: