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Communication Survey

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting a research survey with public safety personnel to gain a better understanding of the communication technology they currently use, need, and want in the future.

As part of this effort, we need feedback from EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, and 911/Dispatch. Your input is vital in helping NIST figure out how to best meet communication technology needs moving forward. Your voices are important in this effort!

Participation is voluntary, and responses are confidential. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Please forward the link below to everyone in your agency/department and encourage them to take the survey. We are hoping to hear from as many first responders as possible in your department/agency, as well as from across the country.

We would appreciate it if you would share the link with other departments and agencies as well.

If you have any problems or issues accessing or taking the survey, please call our Help Desk at 1-877-828-3122.

For questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Kristen Greene at NIST at 301-975-8119 or

Thank you in advance for your help.

The NIST First Responder Communications Research Team


Martha Gohlke

Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems

Happy Thanksgiving!

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On behalf of the UBMD Emergency Medicine EMS Division, we wish to extend our thanksgiving and appreciation to all EMS providers who serve the WNY community. Whether volunteer or paid, your hard work and dedication is seldom recognized but always appreciated!

We hope you this time for thanksgiving and this entire Season of Celebration!

WREMAC Guidance for Benadryl Shortage

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The communication below pertains to EMT-CC and EMT-Paramedic level EMS services:

Parenteral Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) has become the latest emergency drug to face shortage.  Multiple agencies in our region have reported an inability to obtain this medication.

Please download and review the WREMAC guidance notice below regarding this shortage.

Download Parenteral Diphenhydramine Shortage WREMAC Notice

Preliminary Data Results: NYS EMS Workforce Survey

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In response to widespread reports of both career and volunteer certified EMS personnel shortages, the NYS EMS Council designed a survey and sought voluntary participation from NYS EMS services statewide.

Please find the preliminary data results below.

The UBMD EMS Division would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all who participated from the Wyoming-Erie region.  Our two-county region had the strongest participation in the State.

Download SEMSCO EMS Workforce Survey Preliminary Data

UBMD EMS Division Web Enhancements and Twitter

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The UBMD EMS Division recently updated our Website, making many improvements based on user feedback.

One of the most significant enhancements is a focus toward topic-driven information.  There are many organizations with specific responsibilities to our EMS system (i.e. WREMAC, REMSCO, EMS Division, County EMS, NYS EMS, etc.).  It is unrealistic for providers to understand each EMS entity’s responsibilities and, therefore, which organization’s site to visit for information/answers.  The topic-driven format allows users to pick a topic and our site will drive you to the appropriate source(s).  We strongly encourage providers in Erie and Wyoming Counties to use our site as your source site for EMS information.  The UBMD EMS Division’s Web address remains the same:

Another enhancement is the addition of Twitter which will allow for interaction and more timely communication with the EMS community.  If you have a Twitter account, we encourage you to follow us: