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EMS Boards and Committees

Several advisory boards advise the Department of Health Services on EMS issues.  Two of these boards and their subcommittees are:

EMS Advisory Board

About The EMS Advisory Board

The EMS Advisory Board provides recommendations directly to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Listed below is a summary of the roles and duties of the EMS Advisory Board.

Statutory Duties:

  • Appoints EMS Physician Advisory Committee

  • Periodically reviews and makes recommendations on rules changes

  • Provides review and recommendations to the Department on department-proposed rule changes

  • Provides recommendations to the Department on the funding assistance program

  • Provides review and recommendations to the Department on preparation of mandated reports

The EMS Advisory Board makes recommendations to the Department on general EMS issues either assigned by legislation or raised by members of the public. Medical issues are referred to the Physician Advisory Committee.

EMS Advisory Board members are appointed by the Governor.  Appointment information and application. (exit DHS)

EMS Advisory Board Membership

Jerry Biggart (Chair)
Oak Creek Fire Department
Oak Creek, WI

Mark Fredrickson (Vice Chair)
Gold Cross Ambulance
Menasha, WI

Co-Liaison to STAC

Mindy Allen
Wisconsin EMS Association
Wind Lake, WI
Les Luder
Superior Fire Department
Superior, WI

Co-Liaison to RTAC

Jim Austad
Fire Protection Instructor/ EMS Clinical Coordinator
Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI
Gregory West
Waukesha Co Tech College
Pewaukee, WI
Steve Bane
West Allis Fire Department
West Allis, WI

Government Representatives
Non Voting Members:

DHS/DPH Representative
Vacant, EMS Section Chief

1 W Wilson St
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

DOT/BOTS Representative
Tondra Davis, Grants Supervisor

4802 Sheboygan Ave, Rm 551
PO Box 7936
Madison, WI 53707-7936

EMSC Representative
Michael Kim, MD, FAAP
UW School of Medicine/Public Health
Madison, WI 53792

WTCS Board Representative
Timothy  Weir

4622 University Avenue
PO Box 7874
Madison, WI 53707-7874

Craig Nelson
Baldwin Ambulance Service
Baldwin, WI 

M Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Co-Liaison to STAC
Co-Liaison to EMSC

Steven Zils, MD
Aurora Medical Center Grafton
Grafton, WI

Carrie Meier
Dane County EMS
Madison, WI

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EMS Advisory Board committees are formed to address specific issues and develop recommendations on EMS-related topics. All voting members are appointed by the Board and attend meetings the first Tuesday of the month in conjunction with the regular Board meetings. As with all Board meetings, members of the public are encouraged to attend. 

All persons interested in serving on a standing committee should submit their application to Helen Pullen at

For more Wisconsin EMS Board information, please contact

Standing committees are listed below, with Board members in boldface. A calendar of meeting dates/locations is posted on this website.

Committee Functions Member

EMS Data Management and System Quality

  • Re-discuss NEMSIS 3.0
  • Regionalized reports against the four aggregate reports
  • Expansion of the four aggregate reports to add others
  • General data from WARDS
  • Discuss 2 and 5 year WI EMS State Plan
* Les Luder (Chair)
* Vacant (Vice Chair)
Steve Bane
* Carrie Meier
Kep (James) Anderson
Tom Fennell
Craig Nelson
Christoph Walters
Kurt Zellmann
EMS Education and Training
  • Curricula for the different levels
  • Transitions that need to occur to meet NREMT requirements. 
  • Review transition curricula for Intermediate Technician to EMR 
  • Review transition curricula for Intermediate (I-99) to Paramedic
  • Refresher Hot Topics
  • Discuss 2 and 5 year WI EMS State Plan

* Greg West (Chair)
* Jim Austad (Vice Chair)
* Craig Nelson
* Les Luder
* Riccardo Colella
Tim Weir - Non Voting Member
Samantha Hilker
Timothy Kersten
Dustin Ridings

EMS System Management
  • Funding Assistance Program
  • DOT Trans 309
  • Training Officer Development
  • NHTSA Review
  • Discuss 2 and 5 year WI EMS State Plan
  • Legislative Initiatives

* Jim Austad (Chair)
* Greg West(Vice Chair)
* Mark Fredrickson
* Mindy Allen
* Riccardo Colella
* Jerry Biggart
Josh Finke
Don Kimlicka
Dana Sechler
Robert Stedman

EMS Physician Advisory Committee
  • Assist with development of qualifications for medical directors at the local level 
  • Serve as an advisory committee for all related agencies (Wisconsin Technical College System Board, Department of Transportation) 
  • Assist with development of medical items for state data base 
  • Recommend Scope of Practice for each EMT level 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board
Suzanne Martens, MD (Chair)
Mark Schultz, DO, FACEP (Vice Chair)
Steve Andrews, MD
Michael Clark, MD
Patrick Drayna, MD
James MacNeal, MD
Christopher H Tashjian, MD, FAAFP
Tim Vayder, MD
* Steven Zils, MD
* Jim Austad (Co-Board Laison)
* Riccardo Colella (Co-Board Laison)
EMS Service Development
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Develop a WI EMS Service Handbook 
  • Discuss 2 and 5 year WI EMS State Plan
* Mark Fredrickson (Chair)
* Les Luder (Vice Chair)
* Mindy Allen
* Carrie Meier
* Steve Bane
Brad Bowen
Larry Knuth
Marty Rukavina
Robin Schultz

*Denotes Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board Member

Last Revised: November 14, 2014