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Specialized Services

Honor Guard

You may have seen the Sunstar Honor Guard at parades or sporting events around Tampa Bay, marching in unison with their rifles and flags, the silver buttons on their uniforms shining in the Florida sun. Or you may have seen them on a serious occasion, as they present the American flag to honor a fallen hero. Honor Guard members go above and beyond their regular duties to serve our community with dignity and respect.

Sunstar’s Honor Guard trains twice a month to perfect its marching, rifle handling, and flag bearing skills. Because of the sensitive nature of the Honor Guard’s duties at funerals, members must also train in the proper way to escort a hero’s family members, approach a casket, and fold the flag that is presented to the family. All of this training is in addition to guard members’ regular duties as lifesaving paramedics and EMTs.

If you are interested in having the Sunstar Honor Guard participate in your next community event, please contact Charlene Cobb at ccobb@sunstarems.com or 727-582-2090 for more information.

All Children’s Hospital & Perinatal Transports

Sunstar loves infants and children and wants to see them grow into happy, healthy adults. To help reach that goal, Sunstar provides All Children’s Hospital with EMTs, and also services the hospital’s emergency vehicles.

When a mother with a high-risk pregnancy requires emergency transport to a hospital that can meet her intensive needs, our Critical Care Transport Team is there to ensure that she reaches the hospital safely. Bayfront, Pinellas County’s primary neonatal receiving facility, expertly attends to the specialized medical needs of high-risk pregnancies. After the baby is born, All Children’s Hospital is right next door to provide the best medical care for the newborn.

Mental Health Transports

We believe that every person deserves to be treated with dignity. That’s why when Sunstar transports patients to mental health facilities for treatment or evaluation, we do so with compassion and respect. Transport is available 24 hours a day and is a part of our agreement with Pinellas County to provide the highest standard of care for our community.

Tactical EMS

Sunstar provides specially trained Paramedics to assist the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team in the performance of their duties. These Paramedics attend all SWAT trainings and operate alongside SWAT deputies when there are barricaded subjects, hostage situations, active shooters and other potentially dangerous situations where emergency medical care may be required.

Each team member must complete an 80-hour Basic SWAT School, Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC) and the Pinellas County Tactical EMS (TEMS) class. Within two years, new team members must also be certified as a Tactical Care Paramedic (TCP).

Each month, team members attend sixteen hours of tactical and medical training. This training includes eight hours of range time and eight hours of tactical training. Medical training for our Paramedics include Care Under Fire, Tactical Field Care and Tactical Evacuation Care. Medics are also tasked with training the SWAT deputies on self-help treatment and on how to assist with treatment and evacuation of patients in the tactical setting.

Pinellas Tactical Medics also train with the five other police/fire tactical medic teams in Pinellas County.  All six teams help develop protocols for inclusion in the Pinellas County EMS Standard Operating Procedures and EMS Protocols.

Interested in Joining the Team?

Paramedics wishing to join the Tactical EMS team must have a minimum of one year of field experience and be Pinellas County certified.  Prospective team members must successfully complete a rigorous physical and written test, as well as a background check and polygraph administered by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.