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Dispatcher Position at Mercy Flight

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Greetings Everyone,

Attached is a job posting for Mercy Flight seeking potential dispatchers. If interested, please download for information on how to apply. Thanks

Call for Presenters – Spring Fling

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Greetings Everyone,

From our friends in the North Country


We are currently seeking submissions for lectures, workshops, keynotes, and full-day/multiple-day courses for the North Country EMS 22nd Annual Spring Fling Conference, which will be held at the Edgewood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria Bay, NY.

We are looking for submissions for the following:

  • April 27th and 28th: full-day, half-day, and evening pre-conference programs/courses/workshops
  • April 29th: Full-day ALS track and BLS track with 60- to 90-minute lectures

All topics and formats related to clinical, EMS operations, EMS leadership, and education will be considered. The deadline for submission is COB on October 31st,  2022.

Submissions will be accepted by completing this survey

We take pride in giving our presenters a great experience. We pay honorariums and provide travel/lodging. All presenters are welcome at conference events, meals, etc. Please be sure to include honorarium expectations.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann Smith, FDRHPO North Country EMS Program Agency Director at

Spring Fling Conference

Ann Smith, Director

FDRHPO North Country EMS Program Agency


Change to the EMS Memorial – Please Read

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Greetings Everyone,

Please see the attached message from the Bureau regarding tomorrows EMS Memorial Ceremony:

The Bureau has decided to move the EMS Memorial to an inside location tomorrow due to the impending weather.  The EMS Memorial will take place in the Swyer Theatre in the Egg.  The time will still be the same and we will begin at 11 am.

If you know of an agency bringing a vehicle, they can still park on the plaza level.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.  I will do my absolute best to get back to you.

Valerie Ozga

EMS Conference Coordinator

NYS EMS Conference Vital Signs

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization (PEARS) Courses

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Greetings Everyone,


We are doing one LAST marketing push for the September 20 & 21, 2022 Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization (PEARS) Course. Both courses are at risk of cancellation due to low registration numbers (need minimum of 8 students), so please pass along these FREE training opportunities as appropriate.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition & Stabilization (PEARS) Courses

• September 20, 2022 (9:00am – 3:30pm)
Conventus, Buffalo, NY
5 Registered

• September 21, 2022 (9:00am – 3:30pm)
Corning Hospital, Corning NY
3 Registered

Register Here –

Search Course Catalog For: OHEP-WRHTC-PEARS
Registration is limited to 14 students/class

Updated to reflect the AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, PEARS® helps healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.
PEARS teaches providers how to recognize common pediatric emergencies such as: respiratory compromise, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. The goal of PEARS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.
• Improves competency in pediatric basic life support
• Learning stations and practice reinforce essential skills
• Course video allows students actually see and hear critically ill children
• Enhances skills in recognizing shock, respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary emergencies

• Pediatric assessment
• Assessment and management of respiratory problems
• Recognition and management of shock
• Identification and management of cardiac arrest
• Resuscitation team concept
Because typical PEARS students do not regularly treat critically ill children, the course includes video-based simulation so they can actually see and hear critically ill children.
Target Audience: PEARS is for healthcare providers such as medical and surgical nurses, school nurses, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children but might encounter pediatric patients. This course is not intended for those credentialed for advanced pediatric skills that routinely provide pediatric care.

Eileen Spezio
Sr. Administrative Assistant, Finger Lakes Regional Training Center
Assistant to Certification, Institute for Innovative Education
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 709
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (585) 758-7640 Mon-Wed; (585) 276-8765 (Thur-Fri), Cell: (585-415-4948), Fax: (585) 756-5098

EMS Agency Leadership and Provider Briefing

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Greetings Everyone,

From the State:

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems is pleased to announce the EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefings scheduled for September and October 2022:

Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 16:00 Event # 161 310 7344 Password: LEADERS2022
Thursday, October 06, 2022 at 16:00 Event # 161 534 2734 Password: LEADERS2022
Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 16:00 Event # 161 934 1597 Password: LEADERS2022

Program Address:
Program Password: LEADERS

Please take note of the following:

• If you are planning to attend the EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing and have a question, please complete the online form ( before 14:00 on the day of the briefing so your question will be included in those posed to the Bureau Leadership Team.
• If you don’t receive an invitation directly, please complete an online form ( to receive invitations automatically for future briefings.

Take Note: The September 15, 2022 EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Provider Briefing will be the only scheduled briefing in September 2022!

Future Dates: The dates for November 2022 are the 03rd and 17th; the dates for December 2022 are the 01st and the 15th ~ Invitations will be sent later in September.

We encourage all participants to sign into the meeting no later than 10 minutes in advance of the meeting

Thank you for all that you do!


Peter L. Brodie, BS, AEMT
Deputy Chief, Data and Informatics Unit
EMS Data Manager
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems

Vital Signs Conference 2022

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Greetings Everyone,

From the State on the Vital Signs Conference:

New York State EMS Providers!

Vitals Signs Conference is just around the corner and we hope to see you there!

Where? Albany, NY
When? Thursday, October 27th to Sunday, October 30th 2022
Who should attend? EMS Providers, Leaders & Educators

Highlights of the Conference:
• 6 unique conference tracks – BLS, ALS, Educator, Pediatric, General & Leadership
• 9 different Pre-Cons – ALS & BLS Core, NAEMSE Instructor Course, Critical Care Medicine, NAEMSP, Pediatrics, Leadership Development
• Over 80 hours of CME Content!
• EMS focused exhibit hall with CME lecture series!
• Download the full conference brochure at:

• 7 different host hotels to choose from with special discounted conference rates!
o Hotel room block will be closing in a few weeks and our special conference rate will not be available.
o If you plan on attending the conference we highly encourage you to make your reservations quickly.

We look forward to seeing you and your friends at the 38th New York State Vital Signs EMS Conference!

For all the details about the conference, visit:

If you have any questions or comments please contact:
Valarie Ozga
Conference Coordinator
Vital Signs Conference

Job Opportunity – Associate EMS Director

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Greetings Everyone,

I am excited to announce that we are seeking candidates to fill the role of Associate EMS Director out of our office. Attached is the Job posting and requirements for this position. If interested, please submit your cover letter and resume (CV) to – by end of business on September 30th, 2022.

Discontinuing Hospital Diversion Email Notifications

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From the State:

Beginning today, the DOH Surge Operations Center (SOC) will no longer be sending email notifications for hospital diversions. Real-time hospital emergency department statuses can be viewed at the NYDiverts webpage linked below. (Already linked on

New York Emergency Department Status (

The ED Status column is based on the following definitions:

Normal: Accepting all EMS traffic.

Advisory: Experiencing specific resource limitations which may affect transport of some EMS traffic. EMS agencies are directed to transport patients requiring these services to an alternate hospital for the duration of the advisory period.

On Divert: Requesting re-route of EMS traffic. A diversion does not mean the hospital is closed; but that the current patient load exceeds the hospital’s ability to safely treat additional patients.

Closed: Emergency Department is temporarily closed to all patients due to an internal emergency or condition requiring closure of the Emergency Department.

–: Facilities that are not currently reporting ED status or do not have ED services.

The reason and comments columns may contain additional information related to the current ED status.

Please note, a status of “On Divert” will automatically revert to “Normal” after four (4) hours if the diversion is not extended by the hospital. When this occurs, “Auto Opened” will also appear in the comments column.

We are also happy to announce the following enhancements to the NYDiverts webpage that were rolled out on August 30, 2022:

1. Users have the option to apply more than 1 filter at a time.
2. There is a new ‘smart search’ feature whereas users type into the search bar and any data that matches the criteria will appear. (i.e. “Divert Onon” would bring back records that are have a Status Type of “Divert” and County of “Onondaga”).
3. Smart scrolling, users will no longer need to click through pages but instead will be able to continually scroll down the page to review data

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.


Steven P. Dziura Jr.
Deputy Director

New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems
875 Central Avenue
Albany, New York 12206

Wyoming/Erie REMSCO Award Recipients

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Greetings Everyone,

Last night I had the honor of attending the Wyoming/Erie REMSCo Awards dinner, in which providers from the region were recognized in there recent exploits. The following where the recipients of the REMSCo’s recognition:

  1. BLS Provider of the Year – Jenne Johnson, AEMT (Arcade Fire Company)
  2. ALS Provider of the Year – Michael Arquette, Paramedic (AMR)
  3. EMS Agency of the Year – Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company (Chaffee, NY)
  4. EMS Leadership Award – Edward Mager, Paramedic (NYS DOH BEMS)
  5. EMS Educator of the Year – Sharon Hughes, AEMT (AMR)
  6. EMS Communications Specialist of the Year – Amy Butcher, EMD (AMR)
  7. Registered Professional Nurse of the Year – Lori Dufresne, RN (Catholic Health)
  8. Physician of Excellence – Dr Michael Mangione, MD (Catholic Health)

If you encounter anyone of these individuals, please join me in congratulating them for their hard work over the past year. All recipients have been forwarded to the State for consideration of recognition at the Vital Signs Conference.