John Peterson

Chief Operating Officer

John J. Peterson is the Chief Operating Officer for Sunstar Paramedics. He has held many leadership positions since he joined Paramedics Plus in October 2004. He was the COO of the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), the Paramedics Plus-operated ambulance service provider for Tulsa and Oklahoma City from 2012–2013 before returning to Sunstar.

John is an experienced field operations leader and was the EMS transport sector officer during an active shooter situation in January 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He was also responsible for the EMSA ambulance response to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013 during which EMSA transported 71 patients.  In August, 2016 John was the ambulance staging officer for the evacuation of 209 patients from Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County during Hurricane Hermine.  In September, 2018 John was the incident commander for the Sunstar Paramedics response to Hurricane Irma.

John earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy from Barry University in Miami and his MBA in healthcare management from the University of Texas at Tyler.  He is licensed as a Paramedic in Florida, and holds a National Board Certification and Florida state certification as an Occupational Therapist.  John has a Six Sigma Yellow Belt certification and is a graduate of the American Ambulance Association Ambulance Service Manager course.

John received the Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni Award for first responders in 2013 as well as recognition by Pinellas County for his work preparing the EMS system with personal protective equipment during the Ebola outbreak in 2014.

John is the Interim President of the Florida Ambulance Association.  He is also a member of the American Ambulance Association Bylaws Committee and Professional Standards Committee.  He participates locally as a member of the Pinellas County EMS Advisory Council as well as the Pinellas EMS Leadership Group.  He also serves on the board of directors at the Clearwater Free Clinic.

My Sessions

Streamlining Hiring and Training

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Sunstar Paramedics leads the industry with its innovative, process for testing, training, and clearing new hires. Learn from Sunstar’s COO and Director of Clinical Services how you can put their system to work at your ambulance service to streamline your employee onboarding. Jeremy Tinter and John Peterson will cover how to most effectively utilize online […]