Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Walter Kopka has officially been named Chief of Collier County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Kopka, who began his EMS career as an emergency medical technician/paramedic cadet in 1986, has served as both the assistant and interim EMS Chief since August 2011.

Kopka holds an associate of science degree in emergency medical services technology from Edison State College, a law enforcement officer certification from Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy, and a state of Florida firefighter certification from the Collier County Fire Academy. Chief Kopka recently completed the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives after receiving a scholarship from the International Association of EMS Chiefs.

“We are fortunate to now have Chief Kopka formally in this key leadership position. His years of field experience in all of our delivery systems, including ground and air, will be invaluable to our organization,” said Dan Summers, Director of Collier County’s Bureau of Emergency Services.

For more information contact Walter Kopka, Chief, EMS at 239-252-3757.

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