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New York State EMS Agency Leaders, County EMS Coordinators and Program Agency Directors,

***County EMS Coordinators and Program Agency Directors, Please Share Widely Within Your Counties / Regions***

Due to a Multi-Hazard Weather 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, with preference for Advanced Life Support level (EMT-CC/Paramedic), able to respond to a request for emergency assistance under the State Mobilization Plan. Agencies assigned to respond to this event will be contracted by New York State. These resources will be utilized to assist at several shelter locations throughout the region.

Please consider the following when responding to the survey.

Funding for this deployment is as follows:

    • ALS Unit $2340/unit per day, Admin Fee $234/unit per day
    • BLS Unit $2100/unit per day, Admin Fee $210/unit per day
    • $37/hr. restricted hours (non-assignment/ on-call status) x 12 hours per day
    • GSA MI&E $69/day per person. Lodging (double occupancy)- $117
    • Mileage will be paid at the GSA rate of $0.67/mile from EMS Agency HQ to deployment location

The concept of operations is as follows:

    • 12 hour operational periods (0700-1900 and 1900-0700)
    • Staging/Deployment location is TBD
    • All agencies will be covered by their own insurance
    • Duration will be up to 3 days or more depending on call volume and volunteer participation

Please use the link below to complete the survey. NOTE: This survey be polled, beginning at 1730 hours on January 13th 2023. This survey will remain open and continue to be evaluated through the weekend on an as-needed basis.

PLEASE DO NOT DEPLOY. Agencies will be contacted by the Bureau of EMS if selected for deployment.


Thank you for your time and consideration.


Stephen M. Brucato, BS, EMT-P

District Chief | Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems


NYS Register – Proposed Changes to Part 800 (Education)

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Greetings Everyone,

While the State DOH attempted to get the proposed changes to the Education Regs changed under an Emergency request, it was decided by the legislators to not move forward under the Emergency regulatory process. However, they still have posted the proposed changes under the normal channels. So, with that said, they proposed changes to the “education” regulations have been posted for the comment period. Please take a moment to look them over. I encourage everyone to send it your comments regarding them, especially if they are positive. Most of us generally don’t send it comments when they tend to agree with the changes, but ALL comments are welcome and encouraged. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Please note the NYS Register released proposed changes to Part 800.  Most relate to aligning with national educational standards, certification cycles (most notably moving to 4 year cycle, etc.)  They begin on PDF page 16 –

A much more granular (and easier to understand the exact working and impact of) the proposed changes are available at:

Comments should be addressed to: Katherine Ceroalo, DOH, Bureau of program Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Unit  Email: by Feb 5, 2024.

FINAL NEMSIS 3.4.0 Documentation Standard Update | Schematron and Facility List Updates

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Greetings Everyone,

See the message below from the State Data and Informatics:

The NYS 3.4.0 Documentation Standard, implemented today, has been updated to include the changes listed below.  The optional changes in validation rules are designed to ease some documentation pain points as requested by EMS providers.  The facility codes are required changes to ensure smooth transmission of ePCRs to the sending and receiving facilities listed below.

Rule 1396 (eVitals.01) ~ rule deactivation
Rule 1387 (eTimes.08) ~ change from failure to warning
Rule 1388 (eTimes.08) ~ change from failure to warning
Rule 1592 (eInjury.03) ~ change from failure to warning
Rule 2181 (eTimes.09) ~ change from failure to warning
Rule 2182 (eTimes.11) ~ change from failure to warning
Rule 2183 (eTimes.12) ~ change from failure to warning

The following are the updates to the facility codes to be implemented as follows:

Wynn Hospital (H15478) ~ add to eScene.10 and eDisposition.02 ~ MidState Region
Barnes Center – Health (M00002) ~ add to eScene.10 and eDisposition.02 ~ Central New York Region
Maimonides Bay Ridge (Freestanding) Emergency Department (M00094) ~ add to eScene.10 and eDisposition.02 ~ New York City Region
The Guthrie Clinic | Corning Hospital (H00866) ~ address was changed ~ Southern Tier Region
Binghamton University | Decker Student Health Services Center (M00003) ~ add to eScene.10 and eDisposition.02 ~ Susquehanna Region

An update document is being sent to the Regional Program Agencies for additional distribution to the EMS agencies that will allow for ease in understanding the changes.

The NEMSIS 3.5.0 Documentation Standard and Schematron release has been delayed until Friday of this week to avoid any confusion associated with the final changes in 3.4.0.  We apologize for any delay and inconvenience.

ImageTrend clients who contract directly should contact ImageTrend Support with any questions; all others may email with any questions or concerns.


Peter L. Brodie, AEMT, BS

Branch Chief, Data and Informatics Unit

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems

Lockport Memorial Hospital Medical Direction

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Greetings Everyone,

A message from Catholic Health regarding the new Lockport Memorial Hospital:

Please see the attached flyer from the Catholic Health System for the new Lockport Memorial Hospital Medical Direction that is scheduled to open at 0800 on Tuesday October 10th, 2023.
Should you have any questions please reach out to a member of the EMS Liaison team.

Rob Orlowski –

Emily James –

Geriatric CME at Bliss Fire

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Greetings Everyone,

There will be a CME opportunity on Geriatrics at the Bliss Fire Hall, Mon, Oct 9th at 1900hrs. If you are interested please download the flyer for registration instructions. Food will be provided.

Firefighter Health and Safety Presentation

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Greetings Everyone,

Dr Poreda will be doing his Firefighter Health and Safety Presentation at the Twin District Fire Department on Sept 28th, 2023 at both 9am and 7pm. Please download the flyer if interested, and if you would like to attend there is no sign up required, just show up.

Article 30 “Modernization of EMS” Feedback Survey – We want to hear from you!

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Greetings Everyone,

A request from the DOH BEMS

Dear NYS EMS Providers,

30 Second Read (direct and to the point):

We need YOUR help getting direct information from EMS providers in the field about some previously proposed legislative updates to Article 30 that were not enacted.

Please press the link below and spend about 5-10 minutes from your phone or computer to complete the survey.

Understanding the Part S Feedback Survey (little longer explanation):

As part of the 2023-2024 budget (current budget period), a section was included called Part S – Modernization of EMS.

Several sections of Part S were enacted into legislation in April of 2023 as part of the Modernization of EMS proposal.  Some proposed sections of Part S were not included in the legislative updates.

This survey is to gain feedback from the EMS community on sections of Part S that were not included.

Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey and provide your feedback so your insights and recommendations and be heard and shared.


We encourage you to participate in this survey by clicking on the link provided below. The survey should take between 5-10 minutes from your phone or computer to complete, and your input will make a significant impact.

Thank you in advance for your time and contribution to this important endeavor. By actively participating, you will help shape the future of EMS in New York State, ensuring that your voice is heard and respected.

Questions about Survey:

If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at:

Parking at Suburban Fri – Sun

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Greetings Everyone,

Please see attached

NEW Parking Update at Suburban Friday – Sunday


Parking updates for staff and visitors Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10.
Friday, September 8, 2023

Parking resealing and striping schedule updates: 

·     Friday, September 8- parking lot D, will be closed, all other lots will re-open

·     Sunday, September 10- MacArthur Drive (main drive) and front loop will be closed from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. All patients, visitors and staff parking on hospital property must use the Basset Road entrance and rear lots during this time. At St. Greg’s, our regular parking areas across from the Emergency Department and school lot, will be available.

Please keep in mind that during this time ambulance drivers will be using the Bassett Road entrance as well. 

**All patient discharges will need to use the North entrance.** 

Schedule of resealing and striping subject to weather conditions.

Thank you for your cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact Plant Operations with any questions at 568-3900.