Boynton Beach Fire Rescue welcomes new fire chief, Glenn Joseph! Fire Chief Glenn Joseph was born in 1963 in Castries, St. Lucia. He immigrated to Florida at 13 and lived in Belle Glade for the next 4 years. He began his career in emergency services shortly after leaving college at JFK Ambulance, a subsidiary of JFK Hospital; he moved to Lantana Fire Rescue Services after JFK ambulance was sold to another private ambulance provider. In 1987, Glenn joined Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services as a firefighter paramedic. Chief Joseph is a 29-year veteran of Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services. He has served as a firefighter, paramedic, hazardous materials technician, lieutenant, paramedic supervisor, acting division chief of the Training and Safety Division and as the Deputy Fire Chief since 2006. He was an adjunct instructor at South Technical Education Center in Boynton Beach between 1988 to 1996, taught in the following areas: firefighting, fire safety inspector, emergency medical technician program, Basic Trauma Life Support, and hazardous materials. Since 1994, Glenn has been a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy, a part of the U.S. Fire Administration; instructional areas include Chemistry for Emergency Response, Advance Life Support for Hazardous Materials Incidents, Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices and Hazardous Materials Incident Management system. He co-authored the revision of the Advance Life Support for Hazardous Materials program for the National Fire Academy in 2014.
Chief Joseph also holds a fire service instructor III level certification with the State of Florida, he is also licensed as a registered nurse, paramedic, firefighter, hazardous materials technician, fire inspector, and fire investigator I. Glenn completed Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy 2012 and in 2013, he received a Chief Fire Officer Designation from Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Academic achievements include an Associates in Science degree in General Business from Palm Beach Community College in 1981; an Associates in Science degree in Nursing in 1993; He also graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management, and a 2004 graduate of Lynn University with a Masters of Science degree in Emergency Planning and Administration.
Latosha Denise Clemons was born and raised in the City of Boynton Beach. In 1992, Chief Clemons joined the City of Boynton Parks and Recreation Department. During that time, she attended South Technical Educational Center and successfully completed the firefighter training program to become a Florida State Certified Firefighter. Latosha was hired with the Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Department in 1996; she took advantage of every opportunity for academic and professional growth that the City provided and rose through the ranks to become a Battalion Chief.
Academic and professional development has always been a priority for Chief Clemons. Latosha completed an Associate of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services in 2001, an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Science in 2005, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership in 2006, and a Master of Science Degree in Executive Management in 2014. Latosha is most proud of successfully completing the four-year National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program in Emmitsburg Maryland.
She is the President of Gold Coast Progressive Firefighters, a member of Black Vote Matter, Co-chairs of the Martin Luther King Committee, and a proud member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women serving as the 3rd Vice President of Fund Development. Latosha has a passion for this community, which motivates her to continue growing in her personal and professional life. She has been an asset to the Boynton Beach Fire Department as a firefighter and shift commander and now serves the City of Boynton Beach as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations.
Boynton Beach Fire Rescue Deputy Chief of Administration Jeffrey Davidson, a 29 year veteran of the fire service. As a South Florida Native, Jeff graduated from South Broward High School, and joined the United States Army Reserves when he was 17 years old, where he proudly served from 1987 – 1995. Chief Davidson served the City of Hollywood Fire Rescue and Beach Safety his first 24 years in the fire service, beginning in 1988. Jeff held the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Driver Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Jeff was a member of the Hazardous Materials/Special Operations Team throughout his career, before being promoted to Administration. After separating from the City of Hollywood, Jeff served the Seminole Tribe of Florida Fire Rescue for 3 ½ years in various roles, including Chief of Training/EMS and in the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Chief Davidson has an Associate Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. Chief Davidson also holds a Fire Service Instructor III level certification with the State of Florida, Paramedic, Firefighter, Fire inspector, and is a LFTI-2.
Vicki Dornieden, Administration & Finance Officer
Vicki has been with the City of Boynton Beach since 1988 where she began in the Finance Department as a part-time clerk. Over the next 15 years Vicki worked throughout the department in various functions while finishing her BS in Business Accounting. VIcki left Finance as the Accounts Payable Specialist and joined Fire Station 5 as the Administration & Finance Officer at the beginning of the 2013 hurricane season.
Michael Landress, EMS Coordinator
Michael Landress has served with Boynton Beach Fire Rescue since October of 1998 and is currently the department’s Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, in charge of our Paramedic program in all its many facets. Michael not only leads our EMS personnel through their licensing and re-certification processes, but is also responsible for compiling and publishing the department’s EMS Protocols-it should be noted that these protocols are recognized for their excellence and have set the benchmark that many other fire rescue departments in South Florida will now aspire to.In addition to Protocols and personnel, Michael is also in charge of medication purchasing and Inventory, equipment procurement that will keep Boynton Fire Rescue on the cutting edge of today’s modern EMS technology and above all, Quality Assurance, making sure that protocols are executed to the satisfaction of Medical Director, Dr. Ken Scheppke as well as Chief Ray Carter.Michael holds Associate degrees in both Fire Science Technology and Emergency Medical Services. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Thomas University. He is also a Florida Certified Firefighter and Paramedic with additional certifications as a Florida Fire Safety Inspector and Fire Officer One. He holds memberships in the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Palm Beach County EMS Providers, the Palm Beach County Partnership with Palm Beach State College and the Palm Beach County ER Nurses Forum.
Before you leave our website, please make sure to check out the latest addition of “The Encode,” the official newsletter of Boynton Beach Fire Rescue which Michael has been creating and publishing since August of 2002 with the tremendous thanks and admiration of us all for his exceptional creative skills and his faithful dedication.
Dr. Scheppke is a dual board certified specialist in the fields of both emergency medicine and EMS (Emergency Medical Services). He has been practicing medicine for over 25 years and has extensive experience and expertise in the field of EMS. Since 2001, Dr Scheppke has performed as the EMS Medical Director for Boynton Beach Fire Rescue. He additionally serves as the EMS Medical Director for five other fire-rescue agencies in Palm Beach County, Florida, including the Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Town of Palm Beach, and Greenacres Fire Rescue agencies. Dr Scheppke also serves as one of three EMS Medical Directors for the Broward Sherriff’s Office. Collectively, the agencies he works with serve a population of over 2 million people. For nearly two decades, Dr. Scheppke has trained thousands of paramedics and EMTs as the Medical Director for the Palm Beach State College EMS Academy. From 2002 until 2017, he trained numerous residents in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Miami Palm Beach Regional Campus at JFK Medical Center where he served as the Assistant Medical Director of the Emergency Department. In addition, he currently serves as the Medical Director for the largest Public Access Defibrillator program in the nation.
Dr. Scheppke is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Red Cross Heroes in Medicine Award, the American Heart Association EMS Mission Lifeline Gold and Silver Awards and the EMS Distinguished Service Award. He has served as a disaster medical volunteer serving thousands of patients in need of care after devastating natural disasters, including the many hurricanes that have hit the state of Florida, as well as international disasters such as the Haiti Earthquake of 2010.
Dr. Scheppke is a member of the prestigious and influential “Eagles Coalition”, an organization of the EMS Medical Directors from many of the largest EMS Agencies across North America, London, Paris and New Zealand. He has published numerous articles in both the peer reviewed scientific literature and in EMS trade journals. He is an innovator in EMS and was one of the first in the nation to adopt several cutting edge protocols for critically ill prehospital patients including Ketamine for excited delirium, passive oxygenation with delayed positive pressure ventilation for primary adult cardiac arrest, direct triage to comprehensive stroke centers for those suffering large vessel obstruction stroke, sepsis alert and many others.
Dr. Scheppke is recognized as an expert in adult cardiac arrest resuscitation and lectures on this topic both locally and nationally at scientific meetings such as the EMS World Expo, Florida Academy of Emergency Medicine Scientific Assembly, the 20th Annual First There First Care Conference, The Gathering of Eagles State EMS State of the Sciences Conference, and he was the keynote speaker for the 41st State of Alaska EMS Symposium. His EMS agencies boast some of the highest resuscitation rates for adult cardiac arrest patients in the nation.
Dr. Scheppke is a co-founder and past president of the Florida Academy of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves as Chairman of the Palm Beach County EMS Medical Director’s Association and sits on both the County’s EMS Advisory Council and its Trauma Quality Improvement Committee.
Dr. Scheppke is an instrument rated private pilot and serves as the Medical Director for both the Palm Beach County Trauma Hawk and the Broward Sheriff’s Office Aeromedical Programs. In addition, he uses his skills as a pilot to volunteer his time for a not for profit organization called Pilots n Paws where he spends his efforts flying animals at risk for euthanasia to safe foster homes and non-kill shelters to await adoption.
Merrie Anne Cromartie