Feburary Member of the Month

Randy Mellow
Chief of Paramedics/President Paramedic Chiefs of Canada



As Chief of Peterborough County/City Paramedics, Randy brings over 30 years’ experience in Emergency Services. He began his EMS career in 1986 in south-western Ontario as a paramedic. Before assuming his current position, Randy progressed through various roles including Supervisor of Quality Assurance and Human Resources, Deputy Chief of Peterborough County/City Paramedics and Chief of Essex-Windsor EMS.

Randy currently promotes the priorities of Canadian Paramedic leadership by serving as the President of The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. In addition to IAEMSC, Randy is a contributing member of the Ontario Paramedic Chiefs Association, NEMSMA and NAEMSP. He also serves as the Canadian representative on the JEMS International Editorial Board.

Randy is a graduate of St. Clair College Windsor and was awarded the Alumni of Distinction as a graduate of the Ambulance and Emergency Care Program. He holds a Master’s Certificate in Municipal Leadership and has achieved accreditation as a Certified Municipal Manager Level III (CMM III) with EMS Executive and Emergency Management Professional Designation.

January Member of the Month

Chief Carl A. Flores, Deputy Director/Chief of EMS, New Orleans, Louisiana

Carl A. Flores is the Deputy Director / Chief for New Orleans EMS. Chief Flores has served in his current role since the winter 2007. With a team of 150 paid employees and over 150 volunteers at New Orleans EMS, he continues to perform in this critical role as the New Orleans EMS system develops with his experience and leadership.

Chief Flores first studied to be an EMT at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, where key training focuses went beyond the basic EMS curriculum and concentrated on rope and water rescue training. Upon completing his training and gaining his national certifications, Chief Flores began his career in a path that is not unfamiliar to successful leaders in New Orleans EMS – as a volunteer in 1993 through the Volunteers in Government of Responsibility (VIGOR). After accepting a position as an EMT Basic, he quickly advanced his level to an EMT-Intermediate where he served the citizens and visitors of New Orleans in several capacities while training to be a Paramedic. During this time Chief Flores cross-trained as dispatcher where he obtained his Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) certification and achieved the level of dispatch supervisor. In the position of rescue technician, Chief Flores was able to provide critical extrication services on difficult rescue scenes; although in his new role he maintains the passion to teach others as a vehicle extrication instructor for New Orleans EMS. Emergency Medicine focused, Chief Flores continued to advance his knowledge obtaining his instructors certifications in CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) which helped in training new employees and Paramedic students. In 2004 he became an Emergency Medical Coordinator, Assistant (Supervisor) where he served as a Field Supervisor. Immediately preceding his current role, Chief Flores was appointed as the Director of Logistics following Hurricane Katrina, a position which played a pivotal role in the rebuilding and procurement process that replaced the destroyed and lost equipment following Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, Chief Flores has led New Orleans EMS in the acquisition of greater than $4.0 million dollars in new equipment and the rebirth of New Orleans EMS.

This rebirth was culminated in 2012 when New Orleans EMS was named the Dick Ferno Emergency Medical paid Service of the year.

Although Chief Flores is very dedicated to the City of New Orleans and its citizens, the major focus of his life revolves around his family. Without the support and sacrifice of his wife Heather and their three children he would not be able to commit such time and efforts to make New Orleans EMS one of the premiere EMS services in the country.

EMS agency name
New Orleans EMS
Agency location/area served (City/State)
City of New Orleans/Orleans Parish- Louisiana
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer)
Third service municipal
Number of staff:
# EMT’s 42 Field EMT-Basics, 6 Field EMT-Advanced #Paramedics 75 Field Paramedics #Support staff 9 Administrative Staff Members, 7 Logistics Team Members

Annual call volume statistics

  • 911 responses- 61,077 CFS in 2015; Trending 64,000 for 2016
  • 911 transports- 39,107 patients transported in 2015; Trending 40,000 Transports
  • ALS percentage of transports- 100%
  • BLS percentage of transports- N/A
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable)- N/A

Population of coverage area- 389,617
Square mileage of coverage area- 169.42 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances- N/A
  • Number of ALS ambulances – 11 Trucks at Peak Hours (7-8 Day; 3 Swing; 6 Night)
  • Number of supervisory units 3 Captains and 1 Lieutenant at Peak Hours (2 Day Captains; 1 Swing Captain; 1 Night Captain – 1 Day Lieutenant; 1 Night Lieutenant)

Specialty units/resources

  • EMSU-1 is the MCI bus utilized during major events/disasters. It has the capability of transporting __18__ supine patients and __9___ wheelchair patient, can support tele-monitoring for __12___ patients simultaneously
  • Total of _10_ trained tactical medics that assist local/state/federal law enforcement
  • Total of __9__ active shooter/Rescue Task Force kits capable of outfitting _18__ personnel with ballistic equipment and hemorrhage control kits for use during an active shooter situation
  • Five specialty response vehicles- fully ALS-capable, miniature all-terrain ambulances used to extract patients from areas typically inaccessible to standard ambulances. Utilized during major events such as Mardi Gras, NFL football games, or Mass Casualty Incidents.
  • EMS Bike Team- total of ___21__ EMTs and Paramedics who are IPMBA-certified, total of __16__ bikes (10 Frontline and 6 Training/Spare).
  • EMS Rescue truck- total of __9___ personnel trained as rescue technicians. The rescue truck is stocked with all tools required to perform vehicle and light technical rescue. It also hosts SWRT gear as well as high angle rescue gear.

MIH, Community paramedicine and/ or other programs

  • Robust volunteer program with over 150 active volunteers who assist with coverage for major events and ride third on a unit in order to gain clinical/hands-on experience
  • Community Paramedicine program- we identify our patients who frequently call EMS & go to Emergency Rooms, and provide them with care coordination, readmission prevention, & access to an array of social services with our many community partners, as well as teaching on disease prevention & self-management
  • Community Outreach program- multiple preventative health and safety initiatives including free public training in compression only CPR (over 1K citizens trained annually for the last 4 years), the New Orleans EMS T.A.S.K. Force- Teaching Awareness and Safety to Kids, partnerships with Louisiana State Police and the Level 1 Trauma Center at UMC as part of the Sudden Impact Program, which strives to instill responsible practices in teens who will soon be behind the wheel

Agency challenges: if applicable
As a municipal third service we experience the same challenges as other providers including funding and staffing. Specific challenges include balancing the operational needs with structured funding associate with government systems, especially, given the increased call volume of approximately 38% from 2010 to 2016. Other challenges include, operating a public safety agency under a business model without sacrificing patient care and the ever changing improvements in technology and treatments.

Special projects/other:
In 2015, we were awarded a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to begin a car seat distribution program. All of our units carry car seat referral cards; when a crew sees or interacts with a child who is unrestrained or improperly restrained, they issue a referral card to the driver/caregiver. The adult is instructed to come into EMS headquarters on a designated day of the week to receive a free car seat as well as instruction on the car seat’s proper installation and use. The grant has been renewed for FFY 2016.

December Member of the Month

Kenneth L. Wilkerson, Director

EMS agency name
Hamilton County E.M.S.
Agency location/area served (City/State)
Chattanooga / Hamilton County, TN.
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer
County Third Service / County General Government
Number of staff:
# AEMT’s 30 #Paramedics 75 #Support staff 7

Hamilton County EMS was established in Feb 1988. Ken was hired as Chief in Aug 1988 and has served as Director since 2015. He received his Paramedic licensure in 1977 and spent 8 years assigned to the Chattanooga Police Department SWAT Team as a Tactical Medic, leaving in 1987. Ken was selected as the NAEMT Administrator of the Year in 2005.

Annual call volume statistics 2015

  • 911 responses 34,000
  • 911 transports 26,000
  • ALS percentage of transports 100%
  • BLS percentage of transports n/a
  • Non-emergency transports n/a
  • Population of coverage area 300,000
  • Square mileage of coverage area 571 Sq. Miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of BLS ambulances n/a
  • Number of ALS ambulances 14 24/7 24 in fleet 13 Individual Stations
  • Annual Budget $10,000,000
  • Number of supervisory units 4 24/7
  • Specialty units/resources Tactical Medic Unit, Bike Team, EMS Strike Team, HazMat Response, Mass Casualty Trailers, Mobile Command Vehicle
  • Other: All personnel issued ballistic equipment since 1995.
  • We have a very involved system of advanced medical care outreach coordinated through area hospitals. Code STEMI activation, field Stroke activation, etc.

    Agency challenges: Career minded Service looking for similar personnel.

November Member of the Month

Todd Plunkett, Chief

I began my career in 1989 as an EMT while attending high school. I have been with the department since 1993 as a volunteer, career EMT and Paramedic, EMS Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, and currently the Chief of the Department since 2015. As Chief of Baldwin Emergency Medical Service I work with 37 career EMS professionals who provide 24/7 ALS/BLS and Medically Directed Rescue Services to the communities of Baldwin Borough, Pleasant Hills Borough, West Mifflin Borough, and Whitaker Borough in the South Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I have a BS from Point Park University in Public Administration and EMS.

In 2002 I was selected as a member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Team as a rescue specialist and continue today in that position. I am also the Asst. Chief of a multi- departmental/multi-jurisdictional technical rescue team that serves over 300,000 residents in the Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Area. (SHACOG TRT)

EMS agency name
Baldwin Emergency Medical Service
Agency location/area served (City/State)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Service type: (Municipal, Private, Hospital, Volunteer
Third Service, Non Profit EMS
Number of staff:
# EMT’s 18 # Paramedics 19 # Support staff

Annual call volume statistics

  • 911 responses--9800
  • 911 transports--7500
  • ALS percentage of transports--80%
  • BLS percentage of transports--20%
  • Non-emergency transports (if applicable)
  • Population of coverage area-66,000
  • Square mileage of coverage area---25 square miles

Ambulance Fleet information

  • Number of ALS ambulances--7
  • Number of supervisory units--3
  • Specialty units/resources--4
  • Other: 1 Technical Heavy Rescue, 1 Mass Casualty Unit, 1 Side By Side ATV/Special Event Gator We provide technical rescue in the areas of swift water, trench, confined space, high and low angle rescue.

Agency challenges:
Recruitment/Retention and reimbursements are the two biggest challenges affecting our organization. The response to the ever changing environment of the mobile shooter has challenged us financially and in policy areas.

Special projects/other:
We currently have an aggressive community outreach program and education. CPR/AED Programs, Stop the Bleed Programs, Stranger Danger, and Holiday Safety programs are delivered on a regular basis.