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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 –

Stress and Resilience Presentation

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South Lockport Fire Company and Rapids Fire Company in cooperation with the Western New York Stress Reduction Program is offering an educational presentation focusing on stress and resilience in the first responder, including various stress encountered during response to Emergency Calls, and how to develop psychological resilience to these stresses and everyday life.

This will be held on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 at 7pm at Rapids Hall #1, 7195 Plank Road, Lockport NY 14094.

Please see the flyer at link below for more details and RSVP information!

Stay Safe everyone!

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.