Dear Future EMT Original Participant
EMT Program registration is PENDING DOH APPROVAL. All registrations will be processed when approval comes in. You will receive acceptance notification when all information is processed. PLEASE COMPLETE ATTACHED APPLICATION AND PAPERWORK. This will make the process easier when approval is received.
Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, all forms and responses for the EMT program will be handled electronically.
Once the application is completed and emailed back to me, you will have until September 10th to complete the items on the checklist.
The Student Data form and the Certificate of Residence for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties can now be completed online.
The rest of the information can be sent via email to the parties listed on the form. PLEASE NOTE IN IN YOUR EMAIL THAT YOU ARE AN EMT STUDENT.
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way will be by email, as I am working remotely.
Workforce Readiness Assistant
Please see the attached Travel Advisory from Chief Richardson, Olean City Fire Department. Road Construction on Front Street in the City is in progress and is expected to hinder emergency vehicle traffic that is inbound to Olean General or Route 16 from Route 417, East of the City of Olean.
Emergency vehicles traveling on Route 417 west bound (from East of the City) towards Olean General and/or Route 16 are encouraged to follow the "Emergency Vehicle Route" that is outlined on the attached map. Additionally "Emergency Vehicle Route" signs have been installed along the alternate route.
Construction is expected to be in progress for at least the next 30 days.
Click here for the Travel Advisory.
Click here for the Emergency Vehicle Detour Map.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – The New York State Emergency Medical Services Council and State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee will hold sub-committee meetings as follows:
More information on how to view the meetings will be posted at:
The Bureau Staff asks for your patience as this will be the first time that we are holding our meetings virtually and everyone has been working very hard to make sure they run as smoothly as they can be.
To register for the meetings on Wednesday, August 12 – click here.
To register for the meetings on Thursday, August 13 – click here.
To download the full agenda – click here.
All EMS Providers & First Responders,
I want to thank all of you for your hard work and diligence throughout the COVID-19 period. I have received several compliments from area hospitals about how well our providers have taken appropriate infection control precautions, managed potential COVID patients brought in the ED, donned appropriate PPE. This is reflected in the fact that our providers have transported numerous COVID patients without becoming infected.
While the number of COVID cases across NYS has decreased dramatically, we are still seeing sustained low levels of transmission in the community. Remind all your responders to remain vigilant when responding to calls to ensure appropriate social distancing, limit the number of responders in contact with the patient and family/bystanders, screen patients for COVID symptoms or contacts, and to wear appropriate PPE for all calls. We don't want to see any of our providers exposed to the virus.
Attached you will also the NYS DOH guidance for healthcare workers returning to work after travel or exposure to a COVID person. This document provides appropriate precautions and timeframes for EMS providers in these circumstances.
Thanks again for all your continued efforts throughout the pandemic.
Brian M. Walters, D.O., FACEP, FAAEM
Please find the attached documents that are applicable to EMS agencies and providers. The attachments include:
NY Forward | New York Forward
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Department of Health
Bureau of EMS Policy Statements and SEMAC Advisories - New York State Department of Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
The NYS Office of Attorney General's Charities Bureau has issued Guidance for Conducting Virtual Meetings of Members of New York Not-for-Profit Corporations. As many of our ambulance, ALSFR and BLSFR services are not for profit based organizations, please review the guidance.
EMS agencies are always encouraged to review guidance like this with their own legal counsel.
We also continue to recommend NFP EMS agencies consider looking into whether or not the NYS Council of Nonprofits, Inc. could be helpful to them as it has been to several Regional EMS Program Agencies.
Click here to download the guidance.
Emergency Use Authorization for Non-NIOSH-Approved Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators Manufactured in China
(May 7, 2020), the FDA reissued the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Non-NIOSH-Approved Disposable Filtering Facepiece Respirators Manufactured in China to revise one of the eligibility criteria – the criterion for authorization of respirators based on review of test reports from recognized independent test laboratories submitted to the FDA by the manufacturer or importer – and accordingly removed from Appendix A the respirators that had been authorized under that criterion, regardless of whether they passed or failed the NIOSH testing.
Daniel J. Clayton, BS, EMT-P
Chief, Operations Section
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
New York State Department of Health
875 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 402-0996 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
The Central New York Program Agency is hosting a BEMS approved virtual Certified Instructor Update (CIU) on Saturday, May 16, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
This class will be held online using GoToMeeting and is only for current or re-certifying CLIs and CICs.
Click here to register.
If you have any questions regarding the Virtual CIU, please cotact Susie Surprenant at email@example.com.
This week's Vital Signs Academy Webinars!
For all events, go to: https://vitalsignsacademy.com/calendar/
Tuesday, May 5th
Presenter: Anthony Caliguire
Title: Pediatric and Geriatric Trauma
Wednesday, May 6th
Presenter: Chris Ebright
Title: When Your Patient Reacts – The Breaking Point
Thursday, May 7th
Presenter: Dan Batsie
Title: Crashing Asthma
Please see the attached memo regarding the “COVID-19 Public Health Emergency EMS Cardiac Arrest Standards of Care” which has been rescinded by the New York State Commissioner of Health.
Ryan P. Greenberg, MBA, FACPE, NRP, EMD
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Systems
New York State Department of Health
Click here to download the memo.
After discussions with the NYS BEMS, the protocol that was released and disseminated a few days ago regarding cardiac arrest during COVID-19 was not intended to be released in the manor it was. After further discussions with the BEMS and the EMS medical directors in the region, the WREMAC have put forth the following statement.
We anticipate that the NYS guidance entitled, “The COVID-19 Public Health Emergencies EMS Cardiac Arrest Standard of Care,” will be modified by the state shortly.
Agencies should notify their providers to delay implementation of this guidance until further notice.
This standard was built as a crisis guideline. At the date of this memo, our EMS medical directors of the WREMAC do not feel we meet a community crisis standard. The WREMAC will issue new cardiac arrest guidance in the near future.
Providers should continue managing cardiac arrest in accordance with the current NYS Collaborative Protocols and agency practices.
We have requested that the WREMAC be granted the ability to activate this protocol in the future, should the need arise.
We apologize for any confusion this has created in the interim. We will be putting forth additional guidance in the near future.
Brian M. Walters, D.O., FACEP, FAAEM
Please click here to download the WREMAC guidance document.
Below are the new guidelines from Dr. Walters and Dr. Faulk for face coverings for Chautauqua County Fire & EMS Providers.
Chautauqua County COVID-19 Face Coverings for EMS/Firefighters
PPE Flowchart for EMS
The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems invites EMS Agency Leadership and EMS Providers for a direct conversation with the leadership of the Bureau regarding the current EMS system and our operational concerns.
Please encourage all interested EMS agency leaders and EMS providers to complete the online form to express interest in receiving an invitation to the meeting: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/ems-agency-leadership-and-ems-pr
Any questions can be submitted through the current survey: https://apps.health.ny.gov/pubpal/builder/survey/nys-covid-19-response-ems-agency
The NYS Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems has implemented an EMS Certification Reinstatement Program for providers whose NYS certification is expired.
Below, please find the details pertaining to this program:
For providers whose certification expiration date was September 1, 2019 through today:
NYS Department of Health Bureau of EMS and Trauma Systems has extended all provider expirations dates on their NYS EMT card. This includes CFR, EMT, AEMT, Critical Care, Paramedic providers. This extension also includes any providers who expired between September 1st, 2019 and today.
Certified Lab Instructors and Coordinators will also be extended. We do not have access to CLI and CIC extension dates, if you are going to expire soon, please contact Elizabeth Donnelly at DOH.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, NYS DOH will not be able to send new cards to all providers across the state prior to many of your expiration dates.
If your card that you carry has expired, your card is expiring in the next 45 days or you need verification for your employer, please fill out this form to request a copy of your verification.
If you have any questions, please let me know.