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Vital Signs Conference EMS Awards

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The Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems has announced the award winners for the 2023 Vital Signs Conference EMS Awards!

Congratulations to all of the awards winners!  Special shout out to WNY’s own Ellen Doyle from Mercy Flight, well done!

Category                                          Winner                                 Region

BLS Provider                                    Kenneth Cohen                   Hudson Valley

ALS Provider                                    Paul Zuckerberg                 Nassau

Communication                              Evan Humphrey                 Hudson Valley

Educator                                           Alexandra Williams            Hudson Valley

Quality & Safety                             Laura Cook                           Monroe Livingston

Leadership                                       Michael Benenati               Hudson Valley

Physician                                          Rashmeet Gujral                Nassau

Youth                                                 Justin Braunfotel                Hudson Valley

Nurse                                                 Ellen Doyle                           Big Lakes REMSCO

Agency                                              AMR Rochester                   Monroe Livingston

Modernization of EMS Survey

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Below is a link to a DOH Survey being conducted regarding the Modernization of EMS in New York State.  This survey is very important and the DOH is looking for EMS Community feedback!  Please take a few moments and follow the link to complete the survey.    Remember, the data gained is only accurate when the data is received!


Stay Safe!

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo Awards (Reminder)

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Pushing this reminder out on behalf of our partners at Catholic Health!

EMS Recognition is important to our EMS System.  Mercy Hospital of Buffalo will be hosting an awards dinner and recognizing our areas providers.  The links below should take you to the awards submission page along with the awards dinner information.   If you know of an agency and or crew that deserves recognition for a job well done, please submit a nomination. Submissions are accepted regardless of the destination facility.

Thank you everyone and stay safe!

Updated NYS DOH BEMSTS Updated Policies

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There are two updated policies that have been placed on the Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems website.  The first is an update to policy statement 23-08 which has been now  23-08B

This particular policy was introduced a few months back and covered Pilot Educational Programs.  The original policy introduced four pilot programs.  The updated policy statement adds a fifth pilot program for Recruitment and Retention.  Agencies leaders please review this policy as this may be an option for prospective members who may have taken an EMT class through self funding.  Details can be found using the link below:

The second policy update is regarding policy statement 23-09 which is now updated to policy statement 23-09.b.  The big news on this policy statement update is the increase in course reimbursements for the EMT, AEMT original course along with an increase in the PSE Rates.  This notice can be found at this link:

Thank you everyone and stay safe!


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:

Mercy Hospital Awards Nominations and Dinner

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At the request of Emily James of Catholic Health we are passing on information regarding the Mercy Hospital EMS Awards event.  Please take a moment and nominate someone you feel deserves recognition!.  The first link below is the letter for the agencies and the second link is for the actual awards nomination.

Thank you everyone and stay safe!