Message from the EMS Chief

  • Jul 21, 2010
  • Public Safety
Image Message from the EMS Chief

Manatee County Emergency Medical Service (MCEMS) is an organization strongly committed to providing quality prehospital medical care to the citizens and visitors of our community. Our paramedics and EMTs strive to serve the public in a manner second to none. Our core set of values includes Honesty, Integrity, Commitment, Accountability and Professionalism (HICAP).

MCEMS has been a true leader in service delivery for over 30 years. We captured the most prestigious award in prehospital emergency medicine from the State of Florida in 1992. To this day, we continue to operate with the same superior skills and proficiency as we did then.  Florida Department of Health inspections conducted in 2006 and 2008 resulted in our receiving an "Excellent" rating.


Manatee County's initial paramedic program began in 1975.  In the beginning, we provided services to our customers with only three ambulances.  Since then, we have grown significantly to meet our ever-increasing population.  Currently, we operate seventeen (17) ALS transport units and one (1) ALS engine in Myakka City, managing approximately 36,000 calls for service each year.


In addition to being one of the best EMS systems in Florida, we provide a variety of specialty teams, which include: SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics), attached to the Manatee County Sheriff's Department; the Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) Team; Honor Guard; SABER (Special Activities Bicycle Emergency Response); and our Auxiliary Division.


At MCEMS, we are always preparing for the future. With a continuously fluctuating population (currently approximately 316,000 residents), we take responsibility to stay abreast of our community's needs. A strong element of leadership with a vision for the future is our winning combination that will meet Manatee County's needs for years to come. We will always look forward to the challenges ahead.


Ronald J. Koper, Jr., Division Chief