True North Awards – June 2018

Lake EMS Paramedic Tristan Haardt receives the True North award from Chairman Tim Sullivan, flanked by Major Casey Nichols and Executive Director Jerry Smith

Paramedic Tristan Haardt and EMT Matthew Small were presented with the True North Award at the Lake EMS Board meeting on 5 June 2018. They responded to a call where a Florida Hospital Waterman employee had been attacked by dogs. This Lake EMS crew worked diligently to ensure the safety of the patient and expressed compassion to both the patient and the family – not only during the incident, but also after transferring care to the hospital.

Lake EMS EMT Matthew Small receives True North award from Chairman Tim Sullivan

Emergency Medical Services Week 2018 proclaimed in Lake County FL

Lake County BoCC presents the EMS Week Proclamation to Lake EMS, Lake County Fire, and Eustis Fire

On May 22, 2018 the Lake County Board of County Commissioners presented a proclamation designating May 20-26, 2018 as Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County, Florida:


WHEREAS, emergency medical services is a vital public service; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams are ready to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and
WHEREAS, access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury; and
WHEREAS, the emergency medical services system consists of emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, telecommunicators, firefighters, educators, administrators and others; and
WHEREAS, the members of emergency medical services teams, whether career or volunteer, engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to recognize the value and the accomplishments of emergency medical services providers by designating Emergency Medical Services Week;
WHEREAS, be it proclaimed by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida in regular session this 22nd day of May 2018 that:

Section 1.  The week of May 20-26, 2018 is proclaimed as Emergency Medical Services Week in Lake County.

Section 2.  A copy of the Proclamation shall be spread upon the Minutes of this meeting.

Section 3.  This Proclamation shall become effective upon adoption.

DONE AND PROCLAIMED by the Board of County Commissioners of Lake County, Florida in regular session this 22nd day of May, 2018.

Lake EMS installing new safety messages on ambulances

Lake Emergency Medical Services began rolling out new messages this week on all of its ambulances to help reinforce safety throughout the community. The messages, expected to be completely installed over the next several months, will focus on a variety of topics, including drowning prevention and safe driving practices.


Kimberly Stephens receives Public Service Award

Kimberly Stephens, Lake EMS Communications Manager

At the South Lake Chamber of Commerce 24th Annual Ambassadors Breakfast on 16 February 2018, CEO Clinton Pownall introduced the Public Service Award winner: Kimberly Stephens, Communications Manager at Lake EMS.

Kimberly has dedicated 29 years of service to the citizens of Lake County. She leads a team of 911 Communications Professionals that together helps to ensure our Public Safety System operates efficiently, while providing an extraordinary level of service. Her daily commitment to these efforts is what helps make our county exceptional.