State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) Awards


Thomas Yatabe Awards

The Thomas Yatabe Award signifies outstanding contributions made in the implementation and support of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) through achievements, accomplishments, or superior participation in hazardous materials planning or response. Click the links below to see each year's Yatabe Award winner.

2017 Captain Frank DeFrancesco, Hernando County Fire Rescue
2016 Mr. John Joyner, Mosaic - Hookers Point Terminal
2015 Mr. Jack Ashmore, Mosaic - Port Sutton Terminal
2014 Capt. Chris Atherton, Florida National Guard 48th Civil Support Team
2013 Chief Scott Ehlers, Tampa Fire Rescue
2012 Mr. Stephen Metzler, U.S. Transportation Security Administration
2011 Kinder Morgan - for the company's incident response on the Central Florida Pipeline
2010 Mr. Robert Tollise, Manatee County Office of Public Safety
2009 Mr. Doug Meyer, Pinellas County Emergency Management
2008 Col. William (Bill) Lofgren (Ret.), Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council



Awards Procedures

Nomination Form














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