Midstate’s 2016 Youth Provider of the Year

2016 Youth Provider of the Year

We are fortunate and encouraged that we are able to recognize a youth member of our EMS family. With all the negativity and disheartening things we are bombarded with today related to our next generation, it is refreshing and exciting to present this years award.

Described by the Chief as “eager to help and full of energy”, “a great communicator” and “always willing to help out.” Focused, calm, a team player and professional, this young man meets and exceeds the usual Emergency Services Provider.

A dedicated and driven volunteer, he will continue his EMS career in the fall by enrolling in an upcoming EMT class.

A crazy sense of humor and a real desire to help out, it is clear this young man cares about his community. We are sure he is going to make a difference in future EMS patients as well as coworkers and anyone that tonight’s winner.

Keep your eye on this rising star. We are proud to recognize Central Oneida County’s Junior Member Vito Ouimette as this years Youth Provider of the Year.

MidState Agency of the Year 2016

Agency of the Year 2016: Rome Fire Department

The MidState Region is made up of 116 EMS Agencies, covering 3 counties and over 350,000 residents. Our regional EMS system is a tiered response system, utilizing every level of EMS care. This includes first responders, advanced level responders, basic and advanced ambulances. Our region responds to nearly 50,000 calls every year.

This year we are recognizing an agency that is the model of collaboration, working hand in hand with their ambulance and law enforcement agencies. They could be described as “gentle giants” in EMS. With nearly 75 sq miles, over 5,000 responses and an area that includes a very busy downtown to a very rural outer district. It is one of the busiest in our region.

Years ago, they were among the first in the region to offer AED and these days were one of the first to carry narcan and were the first to administer it.

How do you measure the impact this agency has had on their community? Patients, families and friends are all great fuel that the department takes EMS so seriously by offering every treatment modality offered to them.

This “gentle giant” is very seldom heard of at the regional level. Their 33,000 residents know they can count on them in every and any type of emergency. They offer public education, bike patrol and specialized rescue operations. And these are only a few of the additional operations offered by this “Agency of the Year”.

In 1819 a few community members got together and created a volunteer fire company that has become that has become a model EMS agency that consistently provides efficient first response medical care to their community.

Please congratulate Rome Fire Department and it’s 85 members, as this years Agency of the Year.

Memorial Day

The Faxton St. Luke’s and Midstate EMS Offices will be closed on Monday May 29 we will open Tuesday May 30 at 8AM.  Urgent issues should be directed to Resource Hospital 315 624 6287

Happy EMS Week – Education Day

In recognition and celebration of EMS Week, I would like to start day 1 off with a special recognition of all our Instructors.  These dedicated men and women of Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare EMS spend countless hours preparing and delivering quality classes in our region. The profession of EMS starts with the quality of educators such as ours:

John Barattini, Robert Bartholomay, David Berkstresser, Richard Bishop, Daniel Broedel, Steven Dziura, Vanessa Evans, Jack Hasse, Diane Howe, Marcel Jeffrey, Jeff Jones, Donna Luck-Martin, Melissa Lockwood, Erik Merrell, Leslie Myers, David Paddock, Robert Paddock, Sr., Bill Perry, Tony Salce, Adam Shaver, Chad Smith, Joe Taylor, Paul Taylor, Jason Tiffin, Andy Vandawalker and Ryan Ward.


Thank you all for such dedication and loyalty to the profession of EMS.

Critical Care Future

By vote of the New York State Emergency Medical Services Council on May 10, 2017, the preceding recommendations were reordered, amended and approved to read in final form as follows:

SEMSCO approves four actions to gradually sunset the CC level of certification in NYS.  These actions would allow continued CC certification renewals, affording REMSCOs and REMACs a prolonged period in which to sustain or reconfigure their systems, based on Regional needs. They would also address the immediate inability of NYS to shoulder the administrative burden and financial costs of revising and maintaining the CC curriculum, Practical Skills Exam and Written CC Certification Exam. The proposed actions are:


  1. Continue the CC CME refresher program.
  2. DOH no longer approve original CC courses starting after January 1, 2018.
  3. DOH no longer approve CC refresher or CC rapid refresher courses starting 18 months from item #2 above.
  4. DOH create an automatic advanced standing CC to Paramedic bridge program open to any currently on-line NYS CC with 3 years of continuous practice1. Such a bridge program should include on-line didactic content with availability of skills and testing a local course sponsors. DOH will operate this bridge program for a minimum of 10 years from January 1, 2018.

1 the term “continuous practice” is substituted here for SEMSCO’s “active practice”. The motion makers and SEMSCO voting body indicated their desire to utilize language in the dissemination of this action consistent with 10 NYCRR 800.3(w) to avoid any misinterpretation of intent.

31st Annual Trauma Symposium

Second Saturdays Education


Topic: “Suicide”

Presented by: Dr. James Hutchings   Emergency Medicine Physician

May 13, 2017    9:00 am to noontime

Clark Auditorium  Bassett Medical Center   Cooperstown, NY
Available by Video teleconference at: O’Connor Hospital, Delhi,NY
And by WebEx  Second Saturdays

No Registration Fee     Meets Pilot CME Requirements   Refreshments Provided

For additional information, please call 607-547-4812

Sponsored by Bassett Healthcare Network- Department of Emergency and Trauma Services, Center for EMS Education

Midstate EMS Banquet

Midstate EMS Banquet

The REMSCO Midstate Banquet Committee has this years Banquet will be Friday evening May 26, at Harts Hill Inn, New York Mills. 2017 ticket prices will remain the same as last year at $20 each, again this year reserved tables will not be available Tickets will be available on Monday May 1 at Resource (St. Luke’s Emergency Dept.) or the EMS Program Agency.