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Mental Health for the First Responder

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Greetings Everyone,

Attached is a training announcement for a Mental Health for the First Responders. This is scheduled for February 20th, 2023 at the Twin District Fire Company. For more information please download the flyer.

Recently Released DOH Policies

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Greetings Everyone,

The Bureau has recently released 2 new policies for this year. Please click the links below for more information:

Instructor Policy –

New BLS iGel Supraglottic Airway Pilot Project –

iGel Application –

Please keep in mind, those interested in participating in the BLS Supraglottic Airway pilot must obtain written approval from your local REMSCO and the Bureau.

CME -Clinical Behavior and Judgement – Let’s take a good look at ourselves

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Greetings All

Dr Jason Borton will be giving a lecture entitled “Clinical Behavior and Judgement – Let’s take a good look at ourselves”. CME will be available for this course.

This is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18th, 2023, at the Harris Hill Fire Company located at 8630 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221. Dinner will be provide at 1830hrs and the lecture will begin at 1900hrs.

Participation is limited to the first 75 people and registration is required. If interested please email Dr Borton at The registration period will end on Monday, January 16th, 2023, in order to accurately order the food.

If interested, please sign up today. Thanks


Need health directors for NYSDEC 2023 Summer Camp program

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Greetings All,

See the following message from the DEC:

Good Morning,

Do you know an EMT, physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse, or licensed practical nurse who may be interested in being a health director summer 2023 at one of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC’s) summer camps and meets minimum qualifications (see attached position description and flyer)? Do you have an employment page that we can link to

Now in its 76th year, the DEC summer camps program offers week-long adventures in conservation education for children ages 11-17. DEC operates four residential camps for children: Camp Colby in Saranac Lake (Franklin County); Camp DeBruce in Livingston Manor (Sullivan County); Camp Rushford in Caneadea (Allegany County), and Pack Forest in Warrensburg (Warren County).

Interested candidates need to submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts

Thank you for your assistance and let me know if you have any questions.



Tom Shimalla

Environmental Educator 3, Bureau of Environmental Education

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NYS EMS Statewide Mobilization Survey for Response to Erie County – Agency Leaders Only

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Greetings Agency Leaders,

Please review the following message. If interested please follow the link at the Bottom:

NYS Ambulance Agency Leaders,

In the wake of the record breaking snowfall event in Erie County, the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) Section of the Bureau of EMS is conducting a survey to determine the availability of EMS agencies able to respond to a request for emergency assistance under the State Mobilization Plan. Agencies assigned to respond to this event will be contracted with Erie County, NY and NOT New York State.

Please respond to this survey ASAP. Results will be polled at 1400 hrs. on December 25th and the survey will close at 1800 hrs. on December 26th. 

Please consider the following when responding to the survey.


  1. Funding for this deployment is as follows:
    • BLS Unit $1,000/unit per day
    • ALS Unit $1,200/unit per day
  2. The concept of operations is as follows:
    • 12 hour operational periods (0700-1900 and 1900-0700)
    • Accommodations including shelter & food will be available at the deployed location
    • Staging/Deployment location is TBD
    • All agencies will be covered by their own insurance
    • Duration will be up to 7 days or more depending on call volume and volunteer participation


Donald Trzepacz Jr.

District Chief / Investigator

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Christmas Winter Weather Event

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Greetings Everyone,

First, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Holidays despite much of what we are going to be dealing with. Im fairly confident that we are all familiar with the fact that Elliott has made its arrival this morning. Both Mike and I will be monitoring much of the information that being put out regarding this storm and will do our best to share what we can either through email or Facebook.

We do urge that everyone avoid travel if you do not need to travel. While this event is only beginning, it is expected to get worse starting tonight. Many of the jurisdictions are beginning to implement travel bans, so please check before traveling in your area. Agency Leaders, work with your neighboring fire companies and EMS agencies when responding to calls. Consider prior to transporting calling your local hospital and alerting them to your pending arrival. Drive slow and safe. Ensure that your vehicle remain as full with gas as you can and make sure to keep extra blankets and consider carrying some quick food items just in case.

If you plan to assist your volunteer agencies, you also should consider bringing an extra set of clothing and important medication with you just in case you can not get back home. As we could go on and on, I just wanted to make sure that everyone knew we want you to be safe and secure during this storm.

Thank you all for what you do.

Firefighter Health and Safety

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Greetings Everyone,

Dr Poreda will be teaching his Firefighter Health and Safety Course at the Erie County Fire Training Center On Feb 8th, 2023. This does have a CME opportunity for individuals so if interested please check out the flyer and you must use the link to register. All participants must register in advance.

Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health Training

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Greetings Everyone.

Attached is a CE opportunity coming up in Feb hosted at the Lancaster Volunteer Fire Company. If interested please check out the flyer and register using the attached link. All participants must register in advance.

Associate EMS Director

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Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to take a moment and let everyone know that over the last several months we have been looking at candidates to fill the new role of Associate EMS Director here at UB Emergency Medicine. I am pleased to announce that we have selected Mike Shaw to fill this role.

Mike started his career in Emergency Medical Services in 1995 gaining his first certification as a Certified First Responder.  Mike then managed to obtain additional certification in 2000 as an EMT and his AEMT-I in 2002. In 2013, Mike obtained his paramedic certification from the Erie Community College. Over the last 7 years, Mike has worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Gowanda Ambulance in Southern Erie County, which has given him vast experience in operating an EMS Agency. Mike is currently a member of the Holland Fire Department, and until recently was a member of the Wyoming/Erie REMSCO, and he currently resides in Chaffee with his wife 15 years. Mike continues to work towards his Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, and we look forward to having him on board. Please welcome Mike to UB Emergency Medicine.

Mike’s first day will be Monday, December 5th, 2022 as we will be attending the State Meeting. Please take a moment to welcome Mike to the UBMD family.