May Member of the Month

Tabatha Butcher
Chief, Collier County Emergency Medical Services
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(239) 252-3780

Tabatha Butcher is the Chief of Collier County Emergency Medical Services Department. She has held this position since May 2016. During her 20 years at Collier County Emergency Medical Services, Tabatha has held various positions, including: Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Flight Paramedic, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.

Tabatha studied Emergency Medical Services Technology at Edison State College and Public Administration at Barry University. In addition she is a 2014 graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program administered by the Florida Center for Public Management, which is part of the Askew School of Public Administration at Florida State University. Tabatha is an experienced instructor of American Heart Association courses, including: Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. Tabatha is a graduate of Leadership Collier Class of 2016.

Tabatha served as an EMS representative on the EMS Advisory Council and works closely with the Emergency Medical Authority, Collier County Injury Prevention Coalition and Safe and Healthy Kids Coalition.

Tabatha resides in Naples, Florida with her husband and two children.

EMS agency name
Collier County Emergency Medical Services

Agency location/area served (City/State)
Naples Florida-Collier County

Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer)
County Owned and Operated

Number of staff:
EMT’s: 49
Paramedics: 126
Support staff 25, 4 pilots, 2 aircraft mechanics

Annual call volume statistics (FY 2016)

  • 911 responses 39,699
  • 911 transports 28,031

Population of coverage area: Approximately 360,000
Square mileage of coverage area: 2,000 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances 0
  • Number of ALS ambulances 25 ground units, 1 helicopter, 1 Bariatric Ambulance, 16 reserve units
  • Number of supervisory units 1 MedFlight Battalion Chief, 3 field Battalion Chiefs
  • Specialty units/resources: Search and Rescue Team, Tactical Paramedic Team, MedFlight, ToxMedic Hazmat Team

MIH, Community paramedicine and/ or other programs
CCEMS is Nationally Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) and our MedFlight Program is Nationally Accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS)
CCEMS is exploring the possibility of a Community Paramedic Program as well as a telemedicine program within the field. We are in the data gathering phase of the Community Paramedic Program and will begin a pilot program in June to implement Telemedicine.
We have partnered with the local Sheriff’s Office to train citizens the “Stop the Bleed” program.

Agency challenges: Collier County is a rapidly growing community with a large influx of visitors during the seasonal period from October thru March. Keeping up with the rapid growth and call demand is very challenging.