EMS Boards and Committees

The next EMS Board meeting will be held:

March 2 and 3, 2021. More information and Zoom meeting links can be found on our EMS Boards and Subcommittee Meetings page.

About the EMS Board

The EMS Board provides recommendations directly to DHS. Listed below is a summary of the roles and duties of the EMS Board.

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

EMS Board members are appointed by the Governor. Appointment information and application. All persons interested in serving on a standing subcommittee should submit their application to the Wisconsin EMS Section.

EMS Board and Subcommittee Meetings

Statutory Duties

  • Appoint an advisory committee of physicians with expertise in the emergency medical services area to advise the department on the criteria for selection of the state medical director for emergency medical services and on the performance of the director and to advise the director on appropriate medical issues.
  • Periodically review all emergency medical services statutes and rules for surface, water and air transportation and recommend to the department and the department of transportation changes in those statutes and rules to provide different personnel and equipment requirements, where appropriate, for emergency response, nonemergency response and interfacility transportation of patients.
  • Seek involvement in its deliberations by appropriate personnel from the department, the technical college system board and the department of transportation.
  • Seek involvement in its deliberations by ambulance service provider personnel, emergency medical services practitioners, emergency medical responders, persons who train emergency medical services personnel and other interested persons.
  • Advise, make recommendations to, and consult with the department concerning the funding under Wis. Stat. § 256.12(4) and (5), including recommending a formula for allocating funds among ambulance service providers under Wis. Stat. § 256.12(5).
  • Review the annual budget prepared by the department for the expenditures under Wis. Stat. § 20.435(1) (ch).
  • Prepare written information on cardiocerebral resuscitation and provide the information to persons who offer certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Prepare recommendations on training and approval qualifications for community paramedics and community emergency medical services practitioners.
  • Serve as a repository and contact for information and guidance on rendering first aid to domestic animals. In developing any guidance under this subsection, the board shall consult with a licensed veterinarian who is trained in pre-hospitalization emergency care of domestic animals. Appoints EMS subcommittee membership.​

EMS Board Position Statements

EMS Board Membership

Member Contact Information Member Contact Information

Jerry Biggart (Chair)
Oak Creek Fire Department
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Email: axswngr@att.net
(term expires 05/01/23)

Justin Pluess
Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
Email: pluess425@gmail.com
(term expires 05/01/23)

Brian Litza
Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, Wisconsin
Email: litza@fvtc.edu
(term expires 05/01/21)

Gregory West
Waukesha County Technical College
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Email: gwest@wctc.edu
(term expires 05/01/23)

Timothy Bantes
Grand Chute Fire Department
Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Email: timothy.bantes@grandchute.net
(term expires 05/01/22)

Michael Clark, MD, MPH
Medical Advisor
Ascension Wisconsin - North
Wausau, Wisconsin
Email: michael.clark@ascension.org
(term expires 05/01/21)

Dustin Ridings
Green Bay Metro Fire Department
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Email: dustinri@greenbaywi.gov
(term expires 05/01/23)
Chris Eberlein, MD
Gundersen Health
LaCrosse, Wisconsin
Email: cmeberle@gundersenhealth.org
(term expires 05/01/21)

Amanda Bates
City of Burlington Fire Department
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Email: ruralmedic414@gmail.com
(term expires 05/01/23)

Government Representatives
Non-Voting Members:

DHS/DPH Representative
Mark Lockhart, EMS Section Chief

1 W Wilson St
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Email: Jonathan.Lockhart@dhs.wisconsin.gov

State EMS and Trauma Medical Director
M Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Medical College of Wisconsin
Email: colella@mcw.edu

DOT/BOTS Representative

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

EMSC Representative
Michael Kim, MD, FAAP

UW School of Medicine/Public Health
Madison, WI 53792
Email: mkkim@medicine.wisc.edu

WTCS Board Representative
Timothy Weir

4622 University Avenue
PO Box 7874
Madison, WI 53707-7874
Email: timothy.weir@wtcsystem.edu

Steven Zils, MD
Aurora Medical Center-Grafton
Grafton, Wisconsin
Email: steven.zils@gmail.com
(term expires 05/01/22)

Laura Albert
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Email: lauraalbertphd@gmail.com
(term expires 05/01/22)

Subcommittee Membership

EMS 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 the Wisconsin EMS Section.

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

Committee Functions


EMS Systems Quality and Data

  • Public information reporting
  • CQI as it relates to data
  • Establish criteria for reports that drive system quality initiatives
  • Latest NEMSIS version implementation recommendations
  • Monitoring WARDS and compliance with Wisconsin EMS strategic planning

* Chris Eberlein, MD (Chair)
* Laura Albert (Vice Chair)
Eric Anderson
Ryan Homman
Ryan Huser
Brian Litza
Tyler Mueller
Matthew Pinsoneault
Jordan Pullen
Dustin Ridings
Robert Schafer
Jacob Schultz
Christoph Walters

EMS Education and Training
  • Review curricula - All levels as needed
  • Curricula and logistics to transition to a higher-level EMT licensure
  • Statewide biannual training requirements (hot topics, etc.)
  • Assist with educational components related to EMS Office, EMS Board, WTCS and training center initiatives
  • Wisconsin EMS strategic planning

* Brian Litza (Chair)
* Gregory West (Vice Chair)

Steven Bakos
Ken Bartz
Amanda Bates
Kelly Bechel
Alyssa Cahoon
Jason Joling
Michael Lubbert
Jeff Matcha
Keith Melvin
Justin Pluess

EMS System Management and Development
  • Interface with DOT Trans 309 Committee
  • Development of local EMS leadership
  • Legislative initiatives
  • Recommend ways and means to sustain and advance the EMS system in the state
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Mobile Integrated Health Care and other public health integration into public safety

* Michael Clark, MD, MPH (Chair)
* Timothy Bantes (Vice Chair)

Chris Anderson
Amanda Bates
Nick Eastman
Aaron LeClair
Carrie Meier
Joshua Parish
Justin Pluess
Dan Pojar
Nick Romenesko
Dana Sechler
Steven Zils, MD

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 database
  • Medical director education and statute/rule interpretation and intent
  • Recommend scope of practice for each EMT level
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board

* Steven Zils, MD (Chair)
* Mark Schultz, MD (Vice Chair)
Michael Clark, MD, MPH
Chris Eberlein
Tom Grawey, MD
Kacey Kronenfeld
Sean Marquis, MD
Manuel Mendoza
Robert Zemple
M Riccardo Colella, DO, MPH (ex-officio member of the committee)

Last Revised: January 12, 2021

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.