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  • December 23, 2019 12:15 PM | Meghan Winesett (Administrator)

    Jacki Martin
    American Medical Response
    Bushnell, FL

    2020 Florida Star of Life


    Jacki was born in Tampa, Fl. At just 14 years old she had to perform CPR on her 10-day-old nephew with the help of a 9-1-1 operator. Ever since that day, she’s known that she wanted to help save lives. Jacki has been in 9-1-1 communications since 2001. Her drive and deeply caring personality touches not only her patients, but her co-workers, family, and friends.

    In her position as a communications center shift supervisor, she treats everyone as if they were members of her own family. She has an incredible ability to calm the excited, comfort the scared, and instill confidence in every caller. No caller is too young or to old, too forceful or too frail. She treats everyone with respect and dignity.


    Jacki is an excellent communicator. She knows when to sit back and listen and when to take charge. She provides excellent Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) care, but also provides quality improvement to her co-workers and the entire operation. Jacki is always professional and is careful not to provide false promises to callers or inflate their expectations during a stressful incident. Anytime there is a need for someone to represent AMR in a public forum, Jacki is the first person that comes to mind.

    Jacki Martin approaches each day with the mindset that she will do her part to save the world, one patient at a time. As a primary trainer for our organization, she often refuses to give up on new hires that may not be performing to our standards. She genuinely cares for everyone.

    Jacki is married to Phil Martin and has 4 amazing children, 3 of which she and Phil have adopted into their family. We are honored to nominate Jacki as a 2020 Florida Star of life.


  • December 19, 2019 11:52 AM | Meghan Winesett (Administrator)

    Doug Frost
    Sunstar Paramedics
    Largo, FL

    2020 Florida Star of Life


    Florence Nightingale once said, “I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” Simple, powerful, and the core foundation of every person who commits their life to the Nursing profession. Even though he is too humble to admit it, these words also depict the unwavering work ethic of Sunstar Paramedics Critical Care Transport (CCT) RN, Doug Frost.


    Doug began his journey in pre-hospital medicine in 1980 as an EMT and soon became a Paramedic in 1981, launching his career with EMS in the critical care flight field. He contributed to the growth, development, and leadership of many flight organizations as the Chief Flight Paramedic and Medical Coordinator. He continued this path in similar roles with the Sunstar Critical Care Transport team, bringing his vast experience along with him. Doug also has two very bright and successful Daughters, Sydney and Lexy, and an incredible and supportive wife, Michelle. For some, this would be enough– a healthy family and successful career, but he didn’t stop there.


    Through a burning desire to achieve more and better his ability to treat others, Doug obtained his nursing license in 2005. This propelled him into a new world, shifting from the Paramedic to the Nursing perspective, and landed Doug with the Sunstar Critical Transport Team as the CCT RN Clinical and Operational Supervisor.
    Doug has facilitated multiple CAMTS reaccreditation cycles and has been a tremendous leader for our organization. He comes through for his patients and crew members on every occasion. His relentless dedication and commitment is nothing short of amazing. He has been awarded many accolades as a result of outstanding patient care on IABPs, LVADs, and ECMO calls. We believe he is a true example of what leadership, dedication, commitment, compassion, and care means to our profession. We honored to nominate Doug as a 2020 Florida Ambulance Association Star of Life.


  • December 19, 2019 9:46 AM | Meghan Winesett (Administrator)

    Ronald McKnight
    American Medical Response
    Orlando, FL

    2020 Florida Star of Life

    Ronald McKnight has been a paramedic with AMR since December 2014. On December 2, 2019 his unit, AMR 167, was among the many dispatched to a mass casualty incident (MCI) traffic collision. On the scene, his unit found 8 BLS patients who wanted to stay together and be transported to Dr. Phillips. McKnight and his crew kept the patients together, ensured appropriate patient care, and despite a language barrier, managed to gather all the necessary information for a seamless transfer to the emergency department staff.


  • October 25, 2019 11:36 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)
  • September 10, 2019 2:27 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Need to send a letter or payment to FAA? Please use our NEW mailing address!

    Florida Ambulance Association
    PO Box 96503 #72319
    Washington, DC 20090-6503


  • September 10, 2019 2:23 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Florida Ambulance Association members mobilize to respond to emergencies, including Hurricane Dorian. Visit the FAA Facebook page to view photos of members in action serving Florida's communities.

  • July 18, 2019 8:00 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    Educating your members of Congress—and state level elected officials—about mobile healthcare makes them much more likely to support your efforts. An easy and effective way to educate them is to invite them to participate in a local Ambulance Ride-Along!

    Visit the American Ambulance Association website for access to a free toolkit to make asking for ride-alongs a breeze.

  • July 09, 2019 10:37 AM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    It's here! Members, download the new FAA Annual Report on the Meeting Archive page


  • July 02, 2019 12:55 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    By request of Paul Leinas, EMS Preparedness Coordinator for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight, FAA is collecting information about the make, model, and quantity of portable radios that members use during deployments.

    This information will allow the state to purchase adapters for each radio type to allow the state to coordinate with responding agencies over ReadyOps utilizing voice (VOIP) and radio (ROIP) over the internet.

    As we are approaching hurricane season, we request that you provide this information by 5:00 pm ET on July 10.

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  • May 08, 2019 3:24 PM | Amanda Riordan (Administrator)

    The Florida Ambulance Association is very proud to introduce the 2019 #StarsofLife from our home state! Meet these dedicated #mobilehealthcare professionals from Sunstar ParamedicsNational Health Transport, Inc.AMR Sumter, and Century Ambulance Service, Inc. at https://ems.zone/19FLstars#SupportEMS #NotJustaRide