Published: Jul 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 8:53 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Jeff Page today announced his retirement from EMS, effective September 3. Page recently achieved his 30 year anniversary date with the county and submitted his resignation letter to County Manager Leo Ochs.

“I have contemplated retirement for some time now but with the recent completion of the required documentation for MedFlight’s accreditation and the near completion of the documents required for the accreditation of our ground transport division, I believe this is an appropriate time for my departure,” Page said. “I will certainly miss my colleagues and all of the friends I have made here. I am grateful for the opportunity to have led a first-class organization staffed by dedicated men and women who deliver compassionate and timely life-saving emergency medical care to our residents and visitors 24 hours a day.”

Chief Page began his EMS career in Collier County while still in high school in 1972. At that time, a private provider had just taken over ambulance transport services from the local funeral homes here in Naples and Bonita Springs. When the County started its own ambulance service in 1981, Chief Page made the transition coming on board as an Emergency Medical Technician. In 1982, he received his Paramedic license, served as a Field Training Instructor shortly thereafter, and in 1985 started his management role as Shift Commander. As a Shift Commander, he was required to also serve as the Flight Medic on the County’s Medivac helicopter - a single engine Huey model from the Vietnam War. In 1998, he was promoted to Chief of Operations, and then Director of Operations in 2001. That title changed back to Chief when the Bureau of Emergency Services was created. Chief Page also serves as the FAA President of Collier County MedFlight Operations.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of County Emergency Medical Services, and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs, the State of Florida Fire Chiefs Association, the Florida Association of EMS Providers, the National EMS Management Association, the State of Florida Association of EMS Chiefs, and the International Association of Air Medical Services.

“Jeff Page is retiring from Collier EMS after more than 30 years of honorable and dedicated service to our community,” said County Manager Ochs. “Under Jeff’s leadership and in tandem with our Medical Director, Dr. Robert Tober, Collier EMS has established a cardiac save rate that far exceeds the national average. He has been a key leader responsible for the creation of one of the finest, most respected advanced life support emergency medical services operations in the country. As county manager and a friend, I would like to express my appreciation to Jeff for a job well done. I wish Jeff and Dorian good health and good fortune in the future.”