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EMS Council Award Nominations

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EMS Council Awards are due on May 1st.

Last year, the Bureau also created the NYS EMS Innovation Awards.  The description is below and the link to submit is also attached.  These award submissions are also due on May 1st.

NYS EMS Council Awards:

New York State EMS Innovation Awards:

Progressive ideas and forwarding thinking agencies have inspired change that has created system sustainability, recruitment, retention, alternative education models and so much more.  EMS Agencies, REMSCOs, REMACs, Program Agencies and Course Sponsors over the past year have been implementing innovation throughout New York State achieving positive results and advancing the field of Emergency Medical Services. If you are an agency or know an agency that has solved a problem/gap using innovation, consider self-nomination or nomination of an agency to be one of the EMS Innovation Award recipients.

Innovation Award Categories:

  1. Organizational Change Innovations: Innovations in system designs, agency sustainability, and facilitating organizational change.
  2. Clinical Delivery Innovations: Innovations in clinical practices that are leading to positive patient outcomes and/or positive patient experiences.
  3. Recruitment and Retention Innovations: Innovations in recruitment, onboarding, longevity, staff experience and/or staff satisfaction leading to gaining and retaining staff.
  4. Educational Innovations: Innovations in education delivery models, student experience and/or community involvement.

To submit a nomination, please electronically submit your application via:

Eligibility: Must be a New York State EMS agency, that includes but is not limited to, an ambulance service, ALS-FR, BLS-FR, REMSCO, REMAC, Program Agency and/or Course Sponsor.  All innovation submissions must be in compliance with New York State Public Health Law Article 30 and Title 10 of the New York Code Rules and Regulations.  Any submission that does not meet this criteria will be ineligible.

Valerie Ozga

EMS Conference Coordinator

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EMS Management Position: Clinical Base Manager for Mercy Flight of WNY – Batavia

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The Clinical Base Manager will be responsible to uphold and maintain the mission and vision of Mercy Flight Inc. outlined in the Medical Operations Manual and General Operations Manual at all times. The Clinical Base Manager must be clinically proficient, administratively competent and of strong positive moral and ethical character. He/she must at all times set an excellent example of being professional and “Mission Ready”.

Position Prerequisites:

1. Minimum 1 year Air Medical Experience as Flight Nurse or Flight Paramedic.

2. Minimum 5 years experience as a Paramedic or Registered Nurse.

3. Minimum of Associates Degree in healthcare related field preferred.

4. Current active status as NYS Paramedic or Registered Nurse.

5. Favorable recommendations.

6. Current Certification as FP-C, CCP-C, CCRN, or CFRN

7. Current in all required Clinical Flight Crew certifications (CPR,ACLS,PALS,NRP,ITLS)

8. Management experience preferred

For more details regarding this opportunity, please download the position description

Download Mercy Flight Clinical Base Manager Position Description

EMS Protocol Updates/Suggestions

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At the last New York State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC), a process was approved to allow for annual updating of the EMS Protocols. This process will allow for year-round submission of recommended protocol changes and new protocol suggestions through an online form (link below).

If you have any recommended protocol changes or suggestions for new protocols, you may submit them at the link below.  You must provide your name and contact information in the event a member of the Protocol Working Group needs to contact you to solicit more detail about your recommendation. Please do not include any Protected Health Information.

Anticipated PPE Shortage Notification

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Below, please find a letter from NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker MD addressed to healthcare facility CEOs regarding possible shortages of PPE during 2019-nCoV

In addition to the letter, please find links to the Department of Health’s webpage on the subject of the 2019-nCoV and the Bureau of EMS Policy 20-02.  Both will be updated as necessary.  Please check these links regularly.

Download Potential PPE Shortage Letter


NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement: Wuhan Coronavirus

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Please see the attached Policy Statement 20-01 NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement Wuhan Coronavirus V-2.0 released on 01.30.20.

Download 20-02 NYS DOH EMS Policy Statement Wuhan Coronavirus V2.0 – 01.29.20



VERSION 2.0 UPDATED 01.30.2020 


 This document is designed to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) practitioners, agencies and systems with interim guidance regarding the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 2019.

This guidance should be considered for the development of response plans and is not intended to supersede any infectious disease response plan that has been developed and approved by local, State or Federal authorities legally charged to do so. This guidance does not constitute a response protocol but serves as a reference for general considerations and the protection of responders.

EMS agencies are encouraged to adopt policies and procedures regarding response and treatment of all patients with communicable diseases. EMS agencies should assure that all personnel are provided with information regarding the outbreak of 2019-nCoV and any necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 respirators, including guidelines for the use of such PPE.

For updates and additional information regarding this 2019-nCoV outbreak, please visit the following web pages:

For questions regarding information in this advisory or information you’ve received about this outbreak from other sources, please contact the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems.

Additional updates will be provided as more information about the virus is released.